Thursday, March 17, 2011

Fisherman's camera

It wasn't that long ago that I was saying that all I really want in a camera is a big sensor and a pocketable body, so I can fish with a camera that takes good images without lugging around a backpack. HD video and a big zoom would be nice, too, but not necessary. Lo and behold it's been around the whole time. Sony's NEX cameras are about the size of a pack of cigarettes (lens excluded), have the APS-C sensor, and shoot HD video.
The lenses aren't tiny, but should still fit into most fishing-jacket pockets. They take 14.2-megapixel images, which is more than I'd need, but that's okay. I bought one that should arrive tomorrow. I even bought a lens adapter that is supposed mount my Canon lenses, which kind of defeats the purpose of having a small body, but now I can (assuming I like the new one), sell the old DSLR and still make use of the macro and 70-300mm lenses when I want to (there are literally only three lenses currently available for this camera, so far).
I have 15 days to decide if I like it - if so, the old Canon goes on the market. I think I'll like it...

8 comments:

Cofisher said...

Good choice! I recently got a new camera as well. I doubt it will make me a better photographer but at least I moved into the current century.

Royal Wulff said...

noice! we've been talkin and talkin about getting a new camera. Look forward to seeing how this one works out. mike

Stephanie and Dustin said...

Nice camera! I look forward to some photos soon. Where did you find your lens adapter? We are looking for one, but the one we recently purchased we returned. It wasn't what we had in mind, honestly it was a bit shoddy.
-stephanie

n.taylor said...

I just got that camera a few months ago. It is awesome and takes really good images, I think you will enjoy. Let me know how that lens adapter works out.

Dustin's Fly Box said...

That is a great camera. That is what I am looking at getting. Great blog! You got a new follower

Josh said...

Thanks Dustin. Update: I like it more each day. I use the sweep panorama more than I thought I would, the video is great (although it was great with my p&s Canon, too), and its size is good. I got the adapter and my Canon lenses work great with it, although you cannot adjust the aperture - it's always wide open. If you have certain (or all, I'm not sure) Nikon lenses, you can manually adjust the aperture on the lens - this would be an advantage. There is no auto focus with the big adapted lenses either, but manual focus isn't such a big deal. On the whole - no buyer's remorse at all. I'm happy with my camera.

Merle for Wapiti Waters said...

Interesting post. I am shocked. Ditch the Canon? I am not ready yet for that, but could add the Sony to my collection. Thanks for this post.

Josh said...

Incidentally, camera for sale: http://bozeman.craigslist.org/pho/2292199798.html. I would consider a "friend-of-the-blog" discount.