Wow what a day! After taking a bunch of heat for posting the article earlier by David Babsky I decided to get out of the house and hit the AZ State Fair again! This time with two Sony powerhouse cameras…the A33 and the NEX-5.
So away I went with my buddy Mike. I had the 16mm on the NEX-5 and shot at the State Fair with both cameras. Upon coming back and viewing my shots, I found that I shot quite a few at ISO 6400 on the NEX 5 and that they looked pretty damn good for night shots at ISO 6400! I am really starting to get back into the NEX-5 and feel that after Sony released the latest firmware update it has improved the usability. I now have the lower button set up to change ISO and it works out great.
I will be writing more soon on the NEX 5 as I will be shooting some Leica glass with it. From everything I have seen, once this camera gets some good glass on it then it does VERY well. But for tonight at the fair, I was really digging the high ISO capabilities with the NEX-5! SO much so, I am starting a new series..”Life at ISO 6400″ with all images shot at 6400!
For now, here are a few at high ISO and then some at various lower ISO’s from tonight. All with the NEX 5 and 16mm. If anyone out there has been thinking of this camera, I am more enthused about it than ever due to the endless lenses you can mount to it via adapters. My next NEX article will go in to it more but after seeing the new GF-2 by Panasonic (and feeling slightly let down by the specs) I think the NEX is the better buy just due to versatility and future possibilities.
The camera also does very well at lower ISO’s (of course). In case you are wondering, all of these images were run through the kodachrome slide filter in Alien Skin Exposure. Love that plug in! Other than that, no NR outside of what the camera may have done. Here are some at lower various ISOs…MAN, I love the look of these files, especially for the low light. I am working on a “My Fave Cams of 2010″ and I think the NEX-5 may have creeped up into my list….BTW, if you click on any image below you can see the larger versions and the EXIF should be intact.
It’s funny because after processing these I took a look through my old folders and found some Canon 5D images from the state fair many years ago. The images from the NEX 5 blow away the quality of the images I took with the 5D and 50 1.4 back then in color, ISO noise and feel. SO much technology in this little NEX. The User Interface is not the best and was my biggest complaint in my review for this camera (can be seen HERE) but it grows on you. Anyway, just giving the NEX 5 some love tonight :) If you shoot a NEX camera or are thinking about it, you can post in the new Sony forum here on this site!
For those who emailed me asking about the A33, I am still working on that review. I did get some VERY cool video tonight with it. The A33 seems to give me the same IQ as the NEX-5 but oddly, the ISO seems a little better on the NEX but more testing needs to be done for me to really see if that is the case. But the A33 review should be up VERY soon!