My bad - I bought another camera, the Sony Nex-5n, with kit 18-55 and 16mm f/2.8. Makes a great street kit with my Fuji X100 in a Think Tank Retrospective 5 bag.
So far, having lots of fun with it, but have not yet had a chance to use it for street photos. I thought the flip-up screen would be great for waist-level shooting. Anyone using this camera and enjoying it?
Nice shots, Phil. I especially like the composition of the second one (and am curious about the purpose of that rail vehicle you've shot).
I'm reluctant to consider buying a camera without a viewfinder, but not from experience because every camera I've owned has had one. How do you find it in use? (The NEX-7 looks nice in this regard, but I don't need 24mp. I'm thinking Panasonic will introduce a rangefinder-type micro four-thirds camera with an EVF down the road, just because they already have an EVF camera in another form factor, and they may imitate Nikon and Sony by introducing their own. I'm looking at smaller cameras, but nothing yet has enticed me to buy.)
Hi Randy, there is an optional electronic viewfinder for the Nex-5n, but it's about $399.00, I think, so you might as well get a Nex-7 for that price!
I was also reluctant to buy a camera without a viewfinder, but this camera is, in a way, somewhat reminiscent of using a Rolleiflex MF camera, in that you can look downwards with the screen flipped outwards and compose at waist level. So far, I'm finding this method very fun, but not in strong sunlight, in which the LCD screen becomes more difficult to see. By stretching against the camera strap, I can get great stability, as well. Over all, I think the Nex-5n is very fun to use, and the image quality is first class (same sensor as the D7000, and reportedly better high ISO image quality). It's a very light bit of kit as well, so I take it everywhere with me.
The rail vehicle in the second shot is on a bridge over a damn in my village. They use this vehicle to raise or lower huge square timbers that make up the damn, opening the damn in spring and closing it more, later in the year, to decrease the river flow. It's adjacent to an old grist mill from the 1800's. (http://www.watsonsmill.com/Home.html).
It's very small with that lens, Larry, great for the pocket. I bought a Novoflex adaptor for Nikkors, so now I'm experimenting with those. I'll try to post a picutre or two when I get a chance! Cheers!