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Downgrading !!

Discussion in 'Sony Alpha E-Mount Cameras' started by nianys, Jan 30, 2013.

  1. nianys

    nianys TalkEmount All-Pro

    Aug 23, 2012
    France
    Hey friends

    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 !
     
  2. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator Staff Member Subscribing Member

    Oct 11, 2012
    Cyprus
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    Nick
    :eek: That's a heck of a deal!!!


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

    Mattithjah TalkEmount Veteran

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    Jan 17, 2013
    Czech Republic
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    Matěj
    Interesting kind of regression... :D

    I thing C3 has really bad grip for legacy lenses...
     
  4. nianys

    nianys TalkEmount All-Pro

    Aug 23, 2012
    France
    Well, I sort of see it as a lifelong membership fee to this board ;)
     
  5. nianys

    nianys TalkEmount All-Pro

    Aug 23, 2012
    France
    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...
     
  6. Mattithjah

    Mattithjah TalkEmount Veteran

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    Jan 17, 2013
    Czech Republic
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    Matěj
    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.
     
  7. teefin1

    teefin1 TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Sep 7, 2012
    Does the c3 have peaking? For some reason I thought it didn't, otherwise I might buy one!
     
  8. nianys

    nianys TalkEmount All-Pro

    Aug 23, 2012
    France
    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 !
     
  9. xXx1

    xXx1 TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jan 15, 2013
    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.
     
  10. applemint

    applemint TalkEmount Veteran

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    Sep 20, 2012
    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
     
  11. Jefenator

    Jefenator TalkEmount Top Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Nov 23, 2012
    Oregon, USA
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    Jeff
    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...
     
  12. Orange

    Orange TalkEmount Veteran

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    Jan 4, 2013
    England
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    It's not Orange!
    Congrats on being NEXy again!! ;)
     
  13. dixeyk

    dixeyk TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 18, 2012
    Bellingham . WA
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    Kevin
    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.
     
  14. dixeyk

    dixeyk TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 18, 2012
    Bellingham . WA
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    It focus peaks just fine.
     
  15. Mirrorless

    Mirrorless TalkEmount Rookie

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    Jul 11, 2012
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    Ambrose
    nianys - welcome back to the NEX family!
     
  16. Grisu_HDH

    Grisu_HDH TalkEmount Veteran

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    Dec 16, 2012
    Southern Germany
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    Resistance is futile ;-)!
     
  17. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator Staff Member

    Aug 6, 2011
    I like the C3 grip. Like the 5N grip as well. Both are comfortable. Glad you're keeping an NEX on hand, nianys!
     
  18. eno789

    eno789 TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Jan 1, 2012
    NoCal, USA
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    Brian
    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.
     
  19. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator Staff Member

    Aug 6, 2011
    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.
     
  20. nianys

    nianys TalkEmount All-Pro

    Aug 23, 2012
    France
    THe 200 base ISO doesn't bother me at all, it will mostly be shot at 400 with flash anyway :)
     
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