Yesterday, Fairuz and I acquired a new compact but dslr quality camera from Sony Nex model. A really nice small camera great for travel. All this while, people have been asking what camera did I used for my traveling pictures. Well, I've been using a nikon D80.
I bought it back when I got engaged. It was a year after I stayed in the UK. I thought having the opportunity to live and travel in beautiful countries, it's essential to have a really good camera to be able to convey the msgs of how beautiful europe is to all my friends and family back home. I used to have a pink girly compact camera but that wasn't very fulfilling. I still have it until today but I intend to sell it cheap. And since one of my hobby is photography, I might as well save some of my shopping money and buy a D80 (it was a new camera at that particular time) with 3 great lenses. A Nikkor 18-200mm, a Nikkor prime 50mm 1.4D and a Tokina 11-16mm f2.8.
I spend a good few months and almost a year learning how to use it in manual function with my good friend Taufiq (RIP). He was still in Germany at that time. I thought if I would just to used the auto function, might as well buy a really great compact camera without all those complicated functions. And so I was in love with the manual outcome and the satisfaction of having a really great pictures was brilliant. The camera has been our travel companion for years. After a while, I find it really messy and inconvenient to bring a bulky camera with lenses, and when we're not checking in any luggage at the airport, the camera bag has already taken half of our allowed weight already. Plus, we don't want to be looking like a photographer with a huge sling bag while we roamed around cities. We wanted to look like tourists. Still, we can't help to have a great pictures came out from our traveling experiences. Since we're not the type who buys souvenirs, these pictures is our souvenirs and it feels so good to have them framed and paraded around the house.
Manor Garden, London (God, I miss these girls)
Summer this year Sony came out with it's new first mirrorless interchangeable-lens system camera. The Nex model. As much as I wanted to talk about the technical aspect of the camera, I won't. I'll let the pictures do the talking down here.
Fairuz has a thing for sony gadgets so when he encountered with Nex-5, he straight away fell for it. I thought it's a great camera that has lens interchangeable option and has all the complicated Dslr function. Since Sony has a VAT back offer until christmas before the VAT rise in January, we bought it. Along with 2 lenses. So yesterday was our first attempted to use it. My view, I love it. Not just we get a really great pictures while still maintaining the manual function. We also got to do some shopping at the same time carrying the palm size camera around London.
It's. Exactly. What. I've. Always. Wanted.
So here's autumn in my heart.
I don't have problem putting it in my handbag and Fairuz didn't whined when it stayed around his neck. But of course it's not like it came from a D700 and uploading it directly to blogger didn't really help but the pictures is as satisfying as a D80 with a kit lens. These were used with a 16mm f2.8 prime.
It's great for night capture. This is captured without flash
The only down side is I don't know yet how can I use this camera to make an artistic pictures like D80 can. And even though it on manual function, changing the aperture doesn't required turning the lens. everything is digitalized. Hence it can't beat the feel like a DSLR have. But It's great for a hobbyist like me that at the same time who doesn't like the hassle of traveling and going around walking with a heavy bulky camera in hand. Having said that, I still love my D80 as a professional camera. And I intend to keep it.