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:
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:
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:
Taken with my Sony Nex C3
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.