My switch to Mirrorless camera
In the past few months, my beloved Canon EOS 5D MkIII has become my second body, it has been replaced by another 5 a Sony Alpha NEX-5 Mirrorless.
You may ask how this has happened, it’s rather simple, I started to fly down to Cape Town more often and carrying a big DSLR was becoming an issue. It’s heavy, cumbersome and a logistical nightmare on short trips. I had to find a viable alternative, as I was looking around I was lucky and found a second-hand Sony NEX-5, I bought it. Think of this for a second, in a bag the size of a Canon EOS 5D MkIII with a 24-105mm lens I have a cropped sensor camera body, a 16mm f/2.8 Pancake, a 16-55mm, a 55-105mm, a spare battery and a flash, but it does not stop there, it’s also ½ the weight.
I will admit that the Sony NEX-5 is not a Canon EOS 5D Mk III, it has a lot of missing functions and its quality is not comparable. But can you even compare these two cameras? I think they both have a purpose; I would never use the Sony for wildlife, studio or any professional photography. But when need to travel light it is the camera to go to. It shoots RAW at 14MP, HD videos at 1920 x 1080 has an array of functions that makes life easy in the fast lane. It may not have to ISO capabilities or the burst speeds of a high-end DSLR but it has everything a decent entry-level DSLR has and that’s enough for me when I am between airports.
Unbeknown to most of my photography friends I have been posting some photographs shot with the Sony NEX-5 on Facebook.
The bottom line is I carry it with me everywhere and it does not worry me to do so, it’s a great camera that even works with my Eye-Fi card. It’s the type of camera that I would recommend to most beginners as it’s within the price range of an entry DSLR and can do as much if not more.
Pascal's day job is as a technologist but you can mostly find him behind a camera after hours. As a passionate photographer he regularly shares his experiences with the world. From how-to to reviews you will find it all in his regularly updated blog and other places.