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The 'which camera?' question

teefin1

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Look what Mr Postie delivered today:

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I was so impressed, having ordered it from the clearnace section, to find that it's actually brand new. Straight away there is much to love, so much added functionality, and the EVF. (which i find a bit small actually, and strangely smeary if i move my eye at all)

My question would be, is it enought to justify the leap in expense over the 5n? I can sell the 5n and stick with the 7 or keept the 5n and trade the 7 for the A57, and still save myself about £200. I like the idea of the A57 for AF lenses and phase detection, i dont see myself using AF lenses on the Nex system, manual is such a great feature.

Any advice from up/down graders or those who just know more about cameras would be much appreciated.

Kind regards
Tracy
 

nianys

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Ooohhh, nice !
I got a 6 and wonder at times if I wouldn't have been better off with the 7. But the standard hotshoe I use daily with a non Sony flash, so I guess that answers the question.
Now regarding the addition of the DSLR, I have a perfectly good one at home that has given me several thousands shots, yet ever since I went mirrorless it got ZERO use.
I understand it almost always the case, too.
I'd still chose the 7 over the 5N for the nicer body, EVF and hotshoe (be it proprietary), and the TriNavi wheels I heard do much good stuff about.
Just my 2 cts tho.
 

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That's a tough decision to make Tracy... and it'll boil down to your own specific applications and personal preferences.

Personally I like and prefer the build (shape and button layout) of the NEX7... but the 24mp is overkill for the photography I do, which will just use up more storage space. The 5N 16mp is just right for me at the moment especially for dusk/dawn/night photography (in low light - high ISO, the 5N has reportedly far less noise than the NEX7 sensor output), but I sometimes find the button locations and UI awkward on 5N.

I'm in a similar situation as Kevin where I prefer the back LCD over the EVF... I've tried the EVF but it flickers during motion which plays havoc with my photosensitive nausea - so until newer ultra-high refresh rate EVFs come out, EVFs are a no go for me. EVFs also eat more battery time...

Like I said, it's a hard decision... so I've stuck to one of my life's sayings - "when in doubt, don't" which is not to be confused with my other saying, "when in doubt, gas it!" but that's another story, lol. :)
 

teefin1

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Thanks to all ( regularly) I am inclined to stick with the 5n, primarily because the EVF gives me eye ache, and as much as the 7 is a lovely machine it doesn't offer more over the 5n for me at the moment, for the price. Or, maybe I can't utilise it's features. Funny, as the store I bought it from are now offering a few more in clearance, for £90 more than I paid two days ago and I do love to think I got a bargain! I've listed my 5n for sale, if no takers by the weekend then the 7 will not be staying. Plus, they have fair few 5n's for £250 if anyone is interested.
 
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I went from the 5N to the 7 but it didn't cost me anything.

I really liked the 5N but I love the 7. I use both the EVF and the LCD depending on the situation I'm in. I don't have any problems with it. Tri-Nav is wonderful and the camera just feels better in my hands, more natural. I feel able to crop more aggressively with the 24 MP and for printing and screen use I don't find any difference in the noise at higher ISO although it is better on the 5N if you pixel peep.
 

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