As the saying goes!
I’m at the end of a three month trial using a Sony NEX 3 camera that I bought just before Mr Osbourne raised the rate of VAT. It’s a bit silly to say that I have been trialling it, it gives the impression that if I didn’t like it, I could send it back. It really was a calculated decision to buy on a like it or lump it basis.
So why did I buy it in the first place? Reason No.1 was that I felt that all those pictures that I saw when out and about with no camera should be recorded, and No.2 was that the old legs were getting a bit rusty and I couldn’t have it away on my toes quite so readily if someone objected to me photographing them! But No.1 was the main reason.
Now I’m not going into reams of a camera review, there’s plenty of those to bore you in the myriad of magazines that usually have a vested interest in giving such things, and are usually written by the office boy using the camera manufacturers’ press releases.
I chose the Sony because my current equipment is Sony, I would think that all I am about to say would apply to any small compact whatever the manufacturer.
It took a while to get to find my way around the camera and where the buttons are and what they do, and once that is mastered it’s piece of cake. One thing that I still do on occasions is when I see something in a fleeting moment I put the camera up to my eye looking for the eyepiece that isn’t there, and usually miss it. But for street photography it allows all sorts of situations to be recorded, where perhaps a DSLR would be too intrusive.
I can’t imagine sitting comfortably at a well known railway terminus or shopping centre for 30 minutes or so watching and waiting for something of interest to come by manipulating a DSLR, whereas the Sony, with its articulated viewing screen, allows that with no problems. I’ve never had any qualms or problems taking candids but this camera has added to what I can now attempt. The very fact that I can see what is going on around me and anticipating what will appear on the viewing screen gives you that little edge, especially when you are trying to get what I call a ‘juxtaposition’ image.
The image quality is brilliant, something that I was perhaps a bit wary of, but I have no complaints whatsoever on that score. So all in all I’m delighted with my purchase it does everything I want it to.
It is still a little strange going out to take a few pictures without a bag on my shoulder, albeit a small one, just with a strangely heavy lump in my right hand pocket!