At the moment I have the NEX twins. NEX 6 and NEX 7 bodies. There are various other bodies, but these are at the current high end of crop sensor Sony E mount.
My existing Sony A mount lenses are made up of the Minolta 28-75mm f2.8, Minolta 50mm F1.7,Minolta 85mm F1.4, Sigma 105mm F2.8 macro and Sigma 100-300mm F4, aka The Rainmaker.
This setup made me question how sensible it was to be buying into a second system, namely Fuji. I loved the XPro with the 35mm, and the optics are excellent, but dumping close to 1k on the new XT1, plus another £800 on the 56mm F1.2 really gave me pause.
I decided that if I am going to have a second (mirrorless) body it really should be from camp Sony, as all my lenses can be mounted on any of the bodies, whether E (crop) mount or FE (full frame) with a simple adapter. Personally, I prefer the Fuji output and user interfacenu setup etc, but i’m not really prepared to put my money where my mouth is at this point.
This decision begged the question: which NEX – 6? Newer, on chip PDAF for improved AF performance (that’s splitting hairs in my book), cheaper build, fugly as sin……..but a bargain, and sporting the edge in outright IQ.
Or, the 7? Gorgeous, sleek, higher MP, tri navi control system, fits my Gariz half case, solid build, etc, etc. It costs more. Of course.
All of today’s pics were taken with the NEX 6 and E35mm F1.8. A stellar lens. No, it wont beat down the Fuji 35mm F1.4, but I like it.
I had a couple of issues in the field regarding this system, but hopefully these can be ironed out.
Right now I am looking to the 7 for one small reason. Those extra MP will come in very handy if the 35mm is the only native lens in the bag. Its a little wide for my tastes, and almost all of the pics in this series are heavily cropped. The 6 certainly hasn’t let me down, but the 7 should allow for similar cropping whilst retaining a tad more detail.
With DMF & focus magnify I was able to catch this little Robin. Focus magnify upon turning the focus ring seems ONLY to be supported with native Sony lenses. With Minolta or third party its more of a tap dance. Bummer.