Sony NEX-5 Upgrade

Started Feb 26, 2013 | Questions thread
parallaxproblem
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Re: Sony NEX-5 Upgrade
In reply to Damián B, Feb 26, 2013

Damián B wrote:

Hi All,

It's been around 3 years since I bought my NEX-5 + 18-55 + 16 mm. Eventually, I got the Ultra-wide adapter and a Tamron 18-200 (That replaced my 18-55). I also have a Minolta MD 50 F/2 that I love for portraits and to use it when it's dark.

Now, I'm thinking about upgrading, and if either replace my body with a new NEX or get a second, better camera and use the NEX only for occasional/backup purposes.

I'm not a professional and I've never printed any pic. I'm shooting RAW now and processing with LR 4, then upload to Facebook or show them to friends using an iPad.

Just today I've got a used (free) Nikon 70-300 FX format that is around 140 usd online. And I hope it is working! haha.

I don't know about Nikon, but I have a Sony A900 and not all the cheaper lenses (particularly telephoto zooms) work well optically with it.  You should check this lens works OK optically with the D600 before making any buying decisions based upon it

I'm just wondering if buying a Nikon D600 FF would make sense as a proper upgrade.

I'm ok with the NEX but the AF speed is really sluggish

Modern DSLRs will certainly offer better performance in this respect

and low light performance is not that great.

Have you tried Hand Held Twighlight mode?  I know it only works for JPEG, stationary subjects (though portraits are OK) and the restrictions are annoying but depending on your photography it could give you what you need in this respect

I have a 'Pro' friend with a Nikon D800 who was shocked at how much better the low-light images from my old NEX 5 in HHT mode were against his brand-new Full Frame camera when we both went out shooting one evening.  I explained to him that the NEX was 'cheating' but his comment was 'I don't care, it's much better and I'm annoyed'

I bought the NEX 5R over the cheaper NEX 5N just because of the MFNR (multi-frame noise reduction) app which works like HHT but gives you proper control over the various settings

I know I'm trading that lovely form factor, easy to carry photography. I mean, if I go out at night... not when traveling, I just take my NEX in a small messenger bag with my lenses and I'm ready to go.

The Nikon is FF, weather sealed, fast AF, good variety of lenses, etc... Only thing that concerns me is how big it is.

Different tools

A FF DSLR will certainly be better for more specialised use: studio, sports, low-light and it will have a good lens range (but NEX offers lots of legacy opportunities denied to DSLR owners)

The NEX is great for street photography and for carrying a camera easily - you won't want to lug the big DSLR with you unless it has a definite purpose!

If you want to do Studio or Sports work then you probably need a DSLR, but keep the NEX as you will probably miss it if you do get rid of it

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