A few months ago, I sold my Panasonic Lumix LX-3 to a friend. It had been my very first semi-professional camera and for camera that served in-between my Canon EOS DSLR and my mobile phone, it was perfect. It was light, easy to use and the picture quality was fantastic. But being the geek that I am, I just felt like I needed a little bit more complication in its simplicity, and for yonks I contemplated an upgrade. But to what? I hadn’t decided.

I’d heard lots about the Sony Nex 5 from friends and websites, but it was only when I came face to face with Saffry’s beloved gadget one weekend, when I knew I really, really wanted a Nex. Here’s one of my favourite shots that she caught of Naomi that day:

photo by Saffry

That’s it. I was SOLD. I played around with it for five minutes and on the way home, I got Hubba to drop me off at Parisilk so I could go check it out. After an hour of browsing – both in person and on the Internet – I walked out with a pink Sony Nex C3. The whole thing was so not me. From the way I purchased it (I am so NOT an impulsive shopper), to the color I picked. But don’t ask me how, it felt right.

And you know what, I haven’t looked back since. Every time I pick it up and play with the settings, I feel so gadget happy. The camera comes with two lenses: A multi-purpose SEL1855 zoom lens and a pancake lens. It comes with in-built picture effects a la Instagram, so you can always express yourself creatively. Here are a few of my favourites:

Taken with the Retro camera effect, for an older vintage look

Taken with the Hi-Key effect, to brighten up dark photos

Taken with the Toy Camera effect, for that Lomo look

And it takes incredible panoramic shots in an instant.

Taken aboard a yacht for Beverly’s birthday

Oh, AND it is probably the very first camera I have ever owned in which I don’t ever feel the need to Photoshop any of my pictures. I usually use Photoshop to at least adjust the lighting, contrast or tint of my shots, but with this one there has just been absolutely no need.

None of the above shots have been digitally enhanced.

Yesterday, I needed to send someone a recent picture of myself. But in truth, I don’t have a lot of photos of myself – I’m usually the one behind the lens where my friends and family are concerned. And if Andrew does decide to get a picture of me, I’m usually with Naomi. Add the fact that I’ve been a bit camera shy from feeling a bit insecure about my Mommy weight and there have just been no (good) pictures to speak of. So I decided to get my picture taken – myself.

I put my camera on the top of my armchair, framed the shot how I wanted, turned on the smile shutter detector and here’s what came out of my self-shoot, no DI required:

20111118-085153.jpgTaken with my Sony Nex C3

Impressive huh?

I’m still so chuffed that I got it. What a really a great buy!

Editor’s Note: In case you’re wondering, the answer is: No, Sony did not ask or commission me to write this post.


8 Responses to Lens Love: My Sony Nex C3

  1. Grace says:

    Oh crap..now I have major camera envy! And I just got myself a Lumix GF2 some months back. :(

  2. kelly says:

    hi janice, i got a pink nex c3 for $1099 from the it fair as well! great cam!

    wonder how much did u purchase it for? :)

  3. Patricia says:

    The pictures taken from the Sonny are beeeeautiful! You look so lovely in the last shot :)

    I’m tempted. Am still considering betwn this and the Olympus Pen. Ahhhh..

  4. B says:

    you look gorgeous janice! :)

  5. Chetz says:

    Naomi definitely inherited your photogenic genes!

  6. Sheila says:

    Hi Janice, You look fab! And what mummy weight are you talking about, don’t be silly :) you look great in the last shot!

  7. Hannah says:

    I was wondering which lens you use for the Sony Nex 3! Or which you prefer?

  8. Elaine says:

    I just stumbled upon this blog and really enjoyed reading it. The photos are gorgeous and I can’t believe you didn’t touch up any of them. I use a Sony point and shoot when I can’t be bothered to bring my Nikon DSLR out and I’ve been kind of disappointed with the results of the Sony so I’m surprised the NEX is this great. This post is bringing out the shopaholic in me……

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