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Making the switch from Nikon to Sony!

So getting rid of all my Nikon camera gear leads me without a camera (well I’ve got a Sony NEX 5R that always seems to be absent from my posession). The D4s is way too big for travel and when you mount on any sort of f/2.8 zoom (especially the Tamron 15-30), it becomes rather bothersome.

Despite using Nikon for about 10 years, it’s time for a change.

So in comes the A7 mk II, Sony full-frame interchangable lens camera with inbuilt body image stabilisation (yes it’s a mouthful). It was a tough choice with Fuji being highly appealing due to a nice selection of small and fast primes, but full frame’s something I’ve been used to for  a while now, so the choice was Sony, in part also for its video abilities. The A7 II was choice despite lacking 4K video recording, I figured the in-built stabilisation would make it for any shortfalls. Time will tell.

It’s getting paired up with a Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 Sonnar T*. Definitely don’t think this lens is worth the $900 price tag, but at $400 for a used one, I think it’s decent value, given its compact size.

First impressions, it’s small, but by no means compact. A little smaller and more blocky than the smallest DSLRs. It’s pretty comfortable to hold with the deep hand grip and distinct hump for the thumb. The exposure compensation wheel is a bit stiff, not as tactile as the other wheels which move with ease.

Whole bunch of custom buttons which are nice, but there’s no markings for a default function, might take a while for them to become memorised. EVF is decent, bright enough and fast enough, doesn’t feel like there’s a lag in low-light (one of my worries with an EVF) but could be more crisp, depending on what’s in frame, the aliasing (jagged lines) are pretty noticeable and you’re hoping the autofocus has got your subject spot on.

Autofocus speed has been good, haven’t seen any major issues. I don’t anticipate to shoot any fast moving objects so not too concerned with continuous focus speed, manual focus on the 35mm is average, it feels much better than previous lenses I’ve used on the Nex 5R and the indicator for focus distance is a nice touch and helps with finding where you’re pointing, seems to track better to your ring movements. The hood is interesting too, it’s designed to sit on the lens permenantly and doesn’t really add much bulk.

Just for the lols, check out the size difference.

Both 35mm lenses (but granted one is f/2.8 and the other is f/1.4), the size difference is huge, not that it’s suprising or anything.

Will be taking it out for Vivid to see how it really goes.

Latest toys

Been purchasing a few tidbits lately, probably more than I should be, but when they come up for a great price, how can anyone say no? OzBargain is a curse and blessing in itself!

The first purchase was the lovely Sigma 35mm f/1.4 lens, a lot of hype around this lens as it was announced and stock was hard to come by in a Nikon mount. Purchased for $810 when DigiDirect had 10% off excellent price for essentially the first batch to Australia. Continue reading Latest toys

Unboxing the new Nikon D600

With Nikon’s announcement of the D600, I pondered if it was worth switching one of my D700’s to this new camera, few questions went through my mind, is this actually an upgrade? Should I be spending the grand or so for this swap? After a short period of deliberation, I decided to jump the gun and get it and now I have on me, a lovely Australian stock D600. I’ll save my thoughts and comparison for later, but in the mean time, here’s the unboxing process of Nikon’s latest FX (full frame) DSLR.

First the box, standard Nikon design but fairly compact, doesn’t feel as big as the D700 box.

Opening the lid, you’re greeted with the paper work, very standard, nothing to get excited about.

Included here is the warranty card, quick start guide, user’s manual, software CD and a  myPicturetown pamphlet. Removing this and opening the divider flap brings us closer to the closer to the camera itself, it’s neatly laid in bubble wrap and plastic inside a cardboard compartment.

Next to the camera is the accessories box.

Unwrapping it all, you’re led to the following goodies, (obviously) the D600 camera itself, EN-EL15 battery (same as the D7000, D800/e and Nikon 1 V1), charger, localised power cable, neck strap and eye piece cover.

Here it is on the box

On the left side are the covers for the various ports and jacks, on the D600, we have a 3.5mm headphone port (for audio monitoring) as well as a 3.5mm microphone port, these are used in conjunction with video recording. In the middle is a mini-HDMI port (which also allows a clean uncompressed 1080p output) and a mini-USB. Down the botton is a port for an external GPS receiver (for geotagging your photos)

You’ll also notice on the left side is the flash pop-up button (which is a digital button not a physical trigger which opens the flash), bracketing button as well as the D7000 styled AF switch and button.

Shot of the rear; you can see the square viewfinder, rear dial, playback, delete and auto-exposure lock buttons (no AF-ON button here sadly) as well as the diopter adjustment on the top. Along the left, Nikon’s changed the layout slightly and this falls in line with the D800 (minus the OK) with the Menu, touch-up, lock/help, zoom in, zoom out buttons. Few things to note here, from the D800 and D600, Nikon has flipped the zoom in and out buttons around. Similar to the D7000, these also control White Balance, ISO and Quality.

Along the right hand side is the directional joy pad with an OK button in the middle along with the focus point lock switch surrounding it, underneath is a D800 styled live view switch with the Live View button in the middle. Under that is the info button (which I’m not sure if anyone uses). Also around here is the little speaker, memory card write indicator and infrared receiver (for a remote shutter).

Not much to say about the right hand side, the memory card door sits here and underneath are dual SD card slots which can be used in various configuations. You can duplicate to both, use it as overflow (writes to the second card when the first is full) or put RAWs on one card and JPGs on the other.

The front has the standard red Nikon flair on the grip, a function button, DOF preview button and a light for auto focus assist in low-light. The top of the camera has a secondary LCD screen which details key info like focus mode selected, number of shots remaining, shutter speeds and aperture and a whole host of other icons.

The left has two dials (similar to the D7000), one for shooting modes and the other for your standard PASM modes. They’ve included a little click button to move the PASM wheel which makes it a little bit trickier to change modes while the camera is up on yoru face. The right hand side has Nikon’s dual action power/illumination switch, a soft shutter button within and surrounded by a dedicated video record button (like the D800) and the metering mode and exposure compensation buttons.