Nikon D3100 or Sony NEX-5 for portrait photography?

Started Oct 11, 2010 | Discussions thread
nycandre Regular Member • Posts: 418
Quality lens is key therefore either is alright

Especially since Sony's NEX5 new firmware will fix its glaring user interface weakness. And because the NEX5 will accept third party lenses - with manual focus, which should be really easy on the LCD and necessary anyway for quality portrait work.

If money is an issue, you may want to consider a used Sony R1 (comes with a superb Zeiss lens well worth over $1,000) for about $350, or a used Canon 5D full frame with the $300 Samyang 85mm F/1.4 which would put you on an equal footing with the best of the best. Using the Sony R1 would require you to shoot with strobes or a lot of light tho. The Samsung NX10/ NX100 is also a fantastic buy ... with great lenses available too.

I have penned a number of camera musings and keep them updated there if you wish to learn more

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