I’m one of those shooters that doesn’t make a lot of money with photography. It’s a hobby, something I do for fun. But there is no fun in spending loads of cash. So here’s a post for all you folks out there, who like me, don’t want to spend all their money on camera gear, but also don’t want to settle for entry level stuff. So for the first time in my photographic history, I’ve bought myself a Sony camera.
The Sony NEX 7 mirrorles camera was the top of the line flagship model for the Sony NEX line. Just over one year ago this camera would set you back over a thousand bucks. And now the price has dropped dramatically. I picked one up second hand for less than half that price, with a kit lens. That puts it right down there with the entry level Fuji X camera’s, or even the more expensive compact camera’s. You get everything but an entry level camera though. This is still one of the better compact ILC’s out there. This camera was released in early 2012, and was received very well by the community. But it never reached that very popular status that some other mirrorles systems did receive. Possibly due to it’s high pricing, or maybe because the mirrorles market hadn’t matured much yet. One way or the other this is a very capable little camera, for a very nice price now.
Back in the day, this camera didn’t have a lot of lenses available to it. But now the Sony E-mount hasn’t just got a lot of Sony lenses available to it, but also Sigma, Samyang, SLRmagic, Zeiss, and many other lenses. And then I’m not even talking about all the manual lenses that you can use with this camera. Taking into account that you’ll have to buy adapters for those old manual lenses, this system has more lenses available to it than any DSLR out there. This is a very good thing, because there are lenses available in any kind of price range. Even if you’re a bit low on cash you can probably still find a lens that really suits your needs. And that’s why this camera is an absolute dream for all the photographers on a budget.
This camera does have a bit of learning curve. It’s hardly straightforward in its operation, but with a bit of practice it can be become quite intuitive. All the buttons are customizable, they ain’t labeled though, meaning you’ll have to remember what functions you assigned to certain buttons. But in the end your carrying a very lightweight 24 megapixel APS-C compact shooter for the money of a second hand Fujifilm X100. So if you’re on a budget, I can definitely recommend looking into buying something like this.