Yes folks! I’ve recently decided to go back to Sony for my mirrorless camera set up. Besides having a DLSR set up, I’d always wanted to have a smaller camera kit to use for my long walks, street photography and travels. This time, I managed to pick up a Sony NEX F3 for a good bargain through my brother’s online store AsiaGadget. It came with the 18-55 kit lens, which I already sold it to a good friend who is also Sony Nex fan. She in turn, has graciously loaned me her Sony 16mm lens to try out and therefore able to finish this post.
Why the Sony NEX F3? Isn’t it already an outdated model? Yes they keep churning out better and newer cameras. As you may know from my previous post, I’d prefer previous generation cameras or cameras which are already at least 6-12 months old in the market.
The reasons are…
- It is much cheaper than the latest ones.
- Picture quality and features are more or less the same.
- Less chances of any mechanical defects from the factory. It would have already been rectified within 12 months during their production line.
- Any firmware problems would have been updated on their websites.
- Lastly and most importantly, I probably represent the bulk of camera fans out there who are in the middle income group. So I’d always be on the lookout to get the best camera deal out there to fit my limited budget.
The Sony NEX F3 is a pretty smallish camera, but thankfully it still has quite a good grip; much better than my previous C3. The sensor is the same 16 megapixel, although Sony sites said that it’s a much improved one. It can now shoot from ISO 200 to 16000, although I’d normally shoot up to ISO 6400 tops. I’m glad that it now has a built-in flash although it is now somewhat a bit bulkier than the C3. Unlike the newer Sony NEX 3N, it still retains the Smart Accessory Port (on top of the camera) which you can add an optional external flash or electronic viewfinder. Another great feature is the LCD screen can now flip 180º right to the front for a self portrait shot! So, Selfie fans do take note. LOL!
With the 16mm lens, this makes for a small and portable set up. I am currently still saving up for a lens and have sum up a list of lenses which is within my limited budget. Here are some lenses I may wanna own in the near future…
- Sigma AF 30mm f/2.8 EX DN
- Sigma AF 19mm f/2.8 EX DN
- Sony E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS
- Sony E 50mm f/1.8 OSS
Here are some random shots taken with the Sony NEX F3 & the 16mm lens. (with some minor crop and adjustments with Picasa)
The Sony NEX F3 tends to underexpose shots at default setting (I use aperture priority mode). I’m glad it has a live histogram, so I can gauge the exposure if it’s too dark. I can still use Picasa later in my PC to do some minor adjustments though. Overall, I love the Sony’s Jpeg output, especially the low noise and vibrant colours! 🙂
Here are the lenses which I a