As much as I liked the NEX-5R, after about a month of shooting with it, I decided to replace it with an NEX-6 instead. They both shoot pretty much exactly the same pictures, but the 6 offers a number of things I didn’t realize I’d care about until I was getting serious about photography. ISO Hotshoe – this lets you use pretty much any off-the shelf flash unit or remote flash trigger, albeit in manual mode. The trade-off is that if you want to use any of the Sony Alpha “smart” flashes with TTL, you have to use an adapter. Since I don’t have any Sony smart flashes (although I do have an adapter), this was fine with me — I’ve successfully fired some generic Yongnuo flashes with it, as well as remote studio strobes using Pocket Wizards. By contrast the 5R has a new connector (shared on a couple of the NEX cameras) that still requires an adapter to use with anything but the small included flash unit or one of the smaller Sony “smart” flashes. This connector also requires screwing whatever you’re attaching down, making putting on or taking off even the small included flash a pain in the […]
“Sherman, set the way-back machine to 1980…” Back 30 years or so ago, I used to shoot a Minolta X700. I wasn’t great with it, but I wasn’t bad; unfortunately, by the time you bought film and had it developed, it cost about $1 every time you clicked the shutter. I eventually got tired of taking occasional pictures, and the Minolta found its way to the back of the closet for a long snooze.