That announced Sony Nex-6 is very attractive to me and I'm thinking of switching from Nikon digital to the Nex-6. I't sounds like it will be very similar to the Nex-7 with less pixels but it has the same EVF, appearently. I'll be keeping my Nikon film stuff, and the idea of being able to use the MF Nikon glass on the Nex, with focus peaking, is very attractive.
So if I were to get a Nex-7 instead of something like a D3200 or D5100, what would I be giving up?
I assume the EVF would have a slight lag, true? Is the (Sony) autofocus slower? General impressions?
Sony NEX cameras produce great images. They are not better than Nikon but generally equal. The big difference is the system. Sony simply has far to go to match the Nikon systems.
Lenses - Nikon major advantage
Speedlights - Nikon advantage (NEX-7 will not trigger a wireless remote) like the D7000/D600/D700, etc. Say goodbye to Nikon ClS if you move to Sony - something I was unwilling to do.
Camera Shake - Nikon advantage. It is hard for me to hold the NEX-7 still enough to avoid camera shake. Try it before you buy it. Take a SD card and shoot at the camera store and then compare to a full size SLR.
Focus speed and accuracy - Nikon advantage in nearly all bodies above the entry level.
Resale value - Nikon advantage, especially in lenses.
In-camera processing and special effects - Sony advantage. Love the pano features, HDR painting, etc.
Size/weight/carrying - Sony advantage. It is light and small so it goes with me more often than the D800.
Cropping - D800 advantage. With 36mp it gives flexibility to crop and can stretch utility of a zoom by cropping to get a closer look.
In the interest of full disclosure, I have both the NEX-7 and the Nikon D800.
Thanks for that comparison, very useful. I wouldn't have guessed there's a camera steadiness issue. I'm considering the Nex-6, whose kit lens, a 16-50mm will have OSS (Sony's VR). But you're right, I should try it before buying.
I have a NEX-7 and have experienced no unusual camera steadiness problems. It seems comparable to what I see with my Nikon DSLRs and other cameras. How it responds depends on whether or not the lens you're using is stabilized or not and whether or not you've enabled that option.
I've tried it and don't have a lot of interest in continuing to do it. I use the NEX-7 when I want something small and light and relatively effortless to use. Putting large and slow to operate lenses on it seems counter-productive to me.
Manual focus is difficult for me even with peaking turned on. Sometimes the peaking colors are not easily seen in a colorful background. It is something I rarely use and find it much easier to manual focus with my DSLR.
Thu 20-Sep-12 10:12 PM | edited Thu 20-Sep-12 10:13 PM by David D Busch
>That announced Sony Nex-6 is very attractive to me and I'm >thinking of switching from Nikon digital to the Nex-6. I't >sounds like it will be very similar to the Nex-7 with less >pixels but it has the same EVF, appearently. I'll be keeping >my Nikon film stuff, and the idea of being able to use the MF >Nikon glass on the Nex, with focus peaking, is very >attractive. > >So if I were to get a Nex-7 instead of something like a D3200 >or D5100, what would I be giving up? > >I assume the EVF would have a slight lag, true? Is the (Sony) >autofocus slower? General impressions? > >Thanks, >...Mike I've got the NEX-7, as well as the D3200 (which I converted to infrared) and the D5100 (which is my wife's main camera.) I had the SLT-A77, but sold it and kept the NEX-7 as a more compact version of the A77. My SLT now is the A37, which is good enough. I like the focus peaking on both, particularly with close-up work using the Sony 30mm A-mount macro lens.
Autofocus is not fantastic with E-mount lenses, but seems good enough. I actually use the NEX-7 with my large collection of Sony and Minolta A-mount lenses and the E-to-A SLT-style adapter. I love how I can buy inexpensive Minolta-branded lenses (many of them identical to the current Sony A-mount versions) for low prices. They're full-frame and will work with the A99, too. I've ordered the NEX-6 and NEX-5R for comparison, but I suspect I'll end up keeping the NEX-7, which has become one of my favorite cameras.