NEX 7 IQ still amazes me

Discussion in 'Portrait' started by nianys, Jan 11, 2013.

  1. nianys

    nianys TalkEmount All-Pro

    Aug 23, 2012
    Tomorrow it'll be one week our puppy arrived in the family. Pets make awesome models. Unselfconscious by nature, you can stick a lens right under their nose and they'll go on chewing their bone mindlessly (at least, my dog does). So obviously I've been shooting him senseless this past week.


    It was also a great opportunity to give my new (to me) NEX 7 a workout. All the following shots are from the 7 paired with Olympus PEN F 38/1.8 lens wide open. I'm still stunned at the amount of detail, sharpness, clarity of the NEX 7 output. Keep in mind those are lowly jpeg shots, no conversion involved, the B&W are done in-camera.








    And just so nobody thinks I sold my kid upon getting the dog ;)

  2. Yohan

    Yohan TalkEmount Veteran

    May 21, 2012
    Vancouver, BC
    congrats on another bundle of joy!
  3. ku8809no

    ku8809no New to TalkEmount

    Jan 11, 2013
    That's a good looking dog and your daughter is also very beautiful !
  4. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Lovely shots Claire!!! ;)
  5. teefin1

    teefin1 TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Sep 7, 2012
    Great (and cute) as ever. Your daughter has grown! Are you using flash? Your pics always look so naturally exposed.
  6. nianys

    nianys TalkEmount All-Pro

    Aug 23, 2012
    Thx for the kind words. Yes, flash on all of those. Using the built-in unit (since the 7 has Sony hotshoe and I don't have any flash for that). Bounce position, ISO 400, Pen F 38 wide open at 1.8. Shutter usually ranging from 1/80 to 1/125...
  7. Grisu_HDH

    Grisu_HDH TalkEmount Veteran

    Dec 16, 2012
    Southern Germany
    Really nice shots here!!! Like the B&W look...

    Are you sure he doesn't care about your shooting?
    On pic #4 he seems to show what he thinks about it... *grin*
  8. teefin1

    teefin1 TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Sep 7, 2012
    That's good to know! Ive been practising with the on board flash and bounce option you suggested (using the back of a xmas card)


    Scuse the iphone pic. It seems to work well at exactly the settings you mention ISO 400 shutter speed usually 1/125 - i find if its much lower the pics are slightly too warm. Flash comp -0.7. The only time the pics look a little 'flashy' is if the subject is quite close to the camera, probably because of the self made bounce, non tiltable flash.

    Thanks Claire, ive learnt an awful lot from you here!
  9. nianys

    nianys TalkEmount All-Pro

    Aug 23, 2012
    You're more than welcome and I'm glad if I was of any use !! Yes I forgot to mention that you can use flash comp as needed. The only option that using the built-in unit removes is portrait orientation. With the 7's 24mp, I shoot everything landscape and crop to vertical later, no big deal...
  10. Jefenator

    Jefenator TalkEmount Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Nov 23, 2012
    Oregon, USA
    It is interesting to hear that you are noticing a "stunning" difference over the 6. I certainly love the 7 for its crop-ability and overall IQ so I guess it shouldn't be too much of a surprise! :)

    I'm shifting to a more tripod-based approach, which negates certain advantages my N7 used to have over my older Canon T2i DSLR. In fact, physically, the DSLR would work better with the tripod. Alas, I am thoroughly hooked on the dynamic range and pixel-level sharpness I get with the N7!
  11. allcity

    allcity TalkEmount Regular

    Nov 30, 2012
    Oakland, CA
    Beautiful pics!
  12. Orange

    Orange TalkEmount Veteran

    Jan 4, 2013
    It's not Orange!
    Lovely puppy, lovely daughter, lovely pics - as always
  13. gio

    gio TalkEmount Veteran

    Sep 12, 2012
    Manchester, uk
    Glad to hear you are enjoying your camera and the bounce flash.
    remember the shutter speed, provided that it is set within the limits of the camera sync speed, does not affect the main subject in any way (using flash ) but it does affect the ambient light (background light) making it either dimmer or brighter depending on the speed you set.
    the only 2 things that affect the main subject when using flash, are aperture and iso
  14. Orange

    Orange TalkEmount Veteran

    Jan 4, 2013
    It's not Orange!
    Ahh that makes sense now, all becomes clear. Cheers for that gio, such a simple explanation!
  15. teefin1

    teefin1 TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Sep 7, 2012
    Thanks Gio, actually just read that in Bryan Peterson's book, which raises a good point for me, I know shutter speed controls ambient light and aperture controls flash so I don't know how one would shoot wide open (at 1.8 or similar) without a subject distance of about 18ft! Claire, you manage it beautifully!
  16. nianys

    nianys TalkEmount All-Pro

    Aug 23, 2012
    Well, I don't really now either, it just happens to work in my case. I've been using manual flash for song long (since 2006 now) that it's become totally intuitive, there is no thinking process involved whatsoever (like driving a car).


    I know that, given the choice of intermediate ISO, I usually pick 320. If that's not available, 400 does it. Wide open is just a way of life for me. I'm emotionally unable to stop down, even when I should, lol. F2 is the best I can manage on any of my fast primes...


    The PEN F 38/1.8 just lives on my NEX 7. I love the PK 55/1.8 to death for portraits, but for child and dog together I need wider, and the PEN has this incredible native character, forget adding any vignetting or grunge to the pics, it's all there already. And those are hardly touched jpeg shots !!


    Colors and contrast are amazing on this lens, look at my girl's little cheeks...
  17. freddytto

    freddytto TalkEmount All-Pro

    Dec 2, 2011
    Puebla, Mexico
    wow, some amazing photos, I made some shots with the nex7 in jpg and I liked it, I've been watching some of your amazing photos, only minimal PP on WB
    , I decided to shoot with the nex7 and Industar 69 28mm f2.8 in jpg.

    Industar 69 f2.8 ISO1600 1/15s
    Alex by Freddytto Robles, on Flickr
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