Downgrading !!

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  1. nianys

    nianys TalkEmount All-Pro

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    as some of you might remember I've been NEXless since last week (sold my 7). I have a lot of cameras on the way (loans from incredibly trusting and generous photog friends) and I also treated myself to a X10 that I love (please Dixeyk, never buy a Leica, pretty please !!), but I kinda felt uneasy not having a focus peaking body to shoot the beautiful legacy lenses I've collected and cherry picked over the past few months.
    So I started researching a cheaper NEX option that I could live with, and I ended up hunting a C3. Prices have dropped to a ridiculously low level and I was able to bargain a body only out of a kit for 140€, shipped. The thing is like new, in the box with flash, etc, still with warranty, and has less than 4K actuations on it. Since I just sold my black 18-55 for 130€, basically the C3 is costing me 10 euros ;)
    I can already hear my legacies taking a dead breath of relief in the lens drawer !
     
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    :eek: That's a heck of a deal!!!


    So, you didn't manage to stay Nex-less for too long, lol :p
     
  3. Mattithjah

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    Interesting kind of regression... :D

    I thing C3 has really bad grip for legacy lenses...
     
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    Well, I sort of see it as a lifelong membership fee to this board ;)
     
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    Does it ?? In fact I thought I liked (visually) the shape of the rounded grip better than the more square shaped one on the 5N...
     
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    I donť like it visually :) and once I try it at store and it is really horribly to hold it, especially one-hand. I prefer shape of my NEX-5 grip instead.
     
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    Does the c3 have peaking? For some reason I thought it didn't, otherwise I might buy one!
     
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    Not only does it have peaking, but it also allows the custom menu function (as on the 6 via the Fn button), which I find to be the second best approach to NEX UI, right after the 7's TriNavi. So it's a very appealing little digital back for me !
     
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    There are only 2 drawbacks with the C3 that I know of:

    1) Manual flashes don't work out of the box & hot shoe adapters don't put the camera into flash mode (bulb mode trick works but it is rather unprofessional).
    2) No remote trigger.

    I try to cope with C3 (and Olympus pl-1) until Nex line has stabilized (to day 3 flash connectors and no wireless flash) and full frame is available and affordable. I may even purchase another C3 at some point.
     
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    I have never used a C3 but it does look a lot less substantial than the grip on the Nex 5.

    Sony NEX-C3 Concise Review: Digital Photography Review
     
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    Glad to hear you're back in the legacy glass game as it were!

    I love my 7 but I also try and talk friends into taking the plunge with a lower-end body. For that, I'll keep the C3 in mind...
     
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    Congrats on being NEXy again!! ;)
     
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    I wouldn't say it's a bad grip for legacy lenses. It never was an issue when I had a C3 and all I use are legacy lenses. The 5n grip is deeper but and I like it a bit better but it's really more of a personal preference thing.
     
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    It focus peaks just fine.
     
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    nianys - welcome back to the NEX family!
     
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    Resistance is futile ;-)!
     
  17. Amin Sabet

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    I like the C3 grip. Like the 5N grip as well. Both are comfortable. Glad you're keeping an NEX on hand, nianys!
     
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    One small thing about C3, is that the base ISO is 200. May or may not matter to you, just don't understand why Sony does not use 100.
     
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    I never found it to be a problem with the C3, but it is odd that they did that with the ISO. Maybe a way to distinguish the 5N.

    At any rate, I think the used C3 and Sigma dual-lens kit is about the best bang for the buck I've seen in a long time.
     
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    THe 200 base ISO doesn't bother me at all, it will mostly be shot at 400 with flash anyway :)
     

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