During August 2012, I decided to leave my DSLR at home for the first time and instead travelled with only the Sony Nex-C3. Normally when I have been abroad I would take a DSLR about 3 lenses in a bagpack. Total weight 2 to 2 1/2 kg of gear excluding battery chargers, tripod, filters etc. Add on top of that a compact camera such as my Panasonic LX-3 and the weight soon adds up. So this time I went light with the Sony Nex, Sony 16mm lens (only 67 grams !!!!!!!) and 2 manual focus OM Zuiko lenses plus adapter. Total weight under 1 kg. Sometimes I would just go out with the Sony Nex and 16mm lens which at around 300-350 grams it was wonderful. Some people have complained about the quality of their 16mm pancake lens but I had no problems what so ever. It was great to just slip it into my jacket pocket and go into the city without having to worry about the weight. In a previous Blog about my time in Dubai I found it such a relief especially in the 40c+ degree heat. In Melbourne, Australia it was winter so I didn´t have the weight to worry about. The great thing is that the Sony Nex was very inconspicuous so nobody really paid any notice to it.
The Sony Nex showed very high Image Quality and the images were easy to process in Lightroom. For A3 sized prints it is more than capable. It is quite an amazing little camera that holds a lot of detail and versatility in such a small package. I preferred to shoot in Aperture or manual mode and always used RAW files. One thing that I would have liked is to have a remote control and iso 100 but the Nex-C3 doesn´t offer these. A Nex-5n would have been great but it was over twice the price at the time I bought the C3 so that was out of the question. Here is an example of what the Nex-C3 is capable of.
Remember that these images have been reduced for WEB viewing. The prints display a lot more detail and sharpness.
The tilt screen was a great feature and one that I really enjoyed using as there were times I took some photos from low angles and using my Canon 500D or 1Ds mark 2 I would have got very wet and a very sore back/neck.:(
The 16mm lens (24mm equivalent) was great as it enabled a little more image to be in the frame. I would have liked to try out the wide-angle and fisheye adapters but couldn´t at the time. Maybe in the future????
Another image from around Melbourne with the 16mm f/2.8 lens at f/8 I think?
Both the photos in this Blog entry were taken using a tripod. The SLIK Sprint Mini II which I can highly recommend.
I will try to write a little about it in the following Blog as well as post a few more photos whilst travelling with the Sony Nex.