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Old 02-05-2013, 08:34 AM   #1651
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what to do!

i am new to photography but absolutely love it lol

im wondering what is best to learn on? A nex? or sony dslr?

i love all the sony alpha photos here!!!
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Old 02-05-2013, 08:47 AM   #1652
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I should also mention:

I have two babies, and a huge amount of crap i already carry (which is why the NEX appeals to me lol)

But i dont want to sacrifice too much by way of image quality.

I am extremely interested in taking landscapes photos (especially in disney) but I also love taking pictures of kids and macro shots as well.

I dont want to spend a fortune as this is my first real attempt and if i end up sucking out loud, it wont be too much of a loss hahaha

I tried the Nikon J1 and didnt care for it. I now have the Nex 5R and i LOVE what I am seeing so far but I am concerned about its longevity if I improve at all lol....in other words...any pro shooters use/like the Nex5?

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I tried the Nikon J1 and didnt care for it. I now have the Nex 5R and i LOVE what I am seeing so far but I am concerned about its longevity if I improve at all lol....in other words...any pro shooters use/like the Nex5?

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I'm not a professional, but I am rather experienced with Sony cameras. Though I haven't personally owned a Nex camera, I am rather familiar with it.

The good news -- You're not really missing anything. The Nex 5r matches the top of the line Sony dSLT-crop camera for image quality. In fact, in some ways, the Nex 5r is superior --- a problem with the dSLT is losing some light to the translucent mirror, hurting noise performance. So the Nex 5r may actually perform slightly better than Sony dSLTs in terms of noise.

The "downside" of the Nex -- You have less lens options, unless you add an adaptor. The good news, the system is becoming so popular, that lots of brands are making adaptors.

Traditionally, the dSLTs were also superior at fast focusing than the Nex, but the Nex 5r uses a new focus system... so that might be changing the game. (You tell us, how is tracking focus, how fast are you finding focus on moving objects?)

I don't see any compelling reason to trade your Nex for a dSLT. If you didn't already own the Nex, I do see 1 significant advantage of a dSLT/dSLR, especially for someone serious about learning photography --- While the NEX has all the manual controls of a dSLT/R -- they can sometimes be hidden. Manual controls are typically laid out much better on a dSLR/T. Which can certainly help master photography.

The other advantage of the dSLT/R -- is a viewfinder. Composing photos on a viewfinder can be superior to using an LCD screen.... especially in bright light. (You can get an electric viewfinder accessory for the Nex)

So really, that's the big difference between the Nex and the DSLTs-- ergonomics, layout. The possible need to add some accessories to the Nex (like a viewfinder accessory or adaptors for some lenses).
In terms of performance and image quality -- You're really not making a sacrifice.
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exactly what i was hoping to hear!!! thank you!!!
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Old 02-06-2013, 12:00 PM   #1655
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I tried the Nikon J1 and didnt care for it. I now have the Nex 5R and i LOVE what I am seeing so far but I am concerned about its longevity if I improve at all lol....in other words...any pro shooters use/like the Nex5?
Don't worry - I can assure you that you will never get so good that the camera will limit your photography potential...the camera just becomes much more capable as YOU become much more capable - there are few limits to the camera's ability that aren't within the photographer. The only thing that you might find is that if you decide to get into certain types of photography, there may be better camera choices out there to use due to these cameras being designed to make that type of shooting faster or easier, or due to the access to much more expensive and specialized lenses. Motorsports and professional team sport photography, professional nature photography, professional portrait photography...those types of areas would usually be better served by DSLRs and the extensive accessory market and lens market they have available to them. Even then, many of us who are professionals or semi-pro continue to keep the NEX as a second camera system alongside DSLRs, because there are always times when the weight and size advantage are desirable, and there is no loss in the image quality potential.

Even in those very special types of photography, the NEX can be used if the photographer is skilled and knowledgeable and the right lenses are used - a DSLR just makes it easier or requires less effort, and has better control, speed, memory buffer size, and battery life. I shoot lots of wildlife, especially birds in flight, which are definitely easier to do with a good DSLR and a good prime lens...but that doesn't mean I can't also do these with my NEX-5N...I just have to put a little more skill and elbow grease into the process to get the good results, and accept a few limitations inherent in the smaller body design.

My NEX-5N and my Alpha A580 work side-by-side, compliment eachother very well, both have the same image quality potential, both have specific advantages over the other, and both have been splitting my photography duties almost equally over the past year or so!
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A few randoms from last week's trip, from my A580...

Handheld in HDR mode, HDR set at 3:


Handheld using HDR mode at 3:


Handheld in MFNR mode:


A little Japanese Zen style SSE shot from the Japan pavilion:


Canada pavilion, tripod mounted shot:


Parade performer making some faces:


Bridge over Asia, in HDR (I think I was set to 4 or 5 on this one):
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Great shots Justin! I love the sky in the FL MK shot.
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Nice one Mike! Where are the fireworks?
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Nice one Mike! Where are the fireworks?
Trying to spread my pictures out since im not sure when our next trip will be lol. Plus I haven't really had time to go thru and edit many of them yet, just been doing a few each night when I get time.
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