A trip in the country (and thoughts about DSLR cameras)

I was helping a friend of mine on a video clip he was making (using the Sony NEX 5 and Panasonic GF1 cameras, no need for camcorders anymore !), and I was also making some clips with my Sony NEX 5N, and of course between scenes I made some photos.

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(Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-70 f2.8)

Along with the NEX 5N (which by the way shoots way better video than the NEX 5), I brought the heavy artillery with me, the Nikon D700 with Nikkor 24-70 f2.8 and 135mm f2 DC lenses. People who have been reading my blog for a while, will know that I rarely take a DSLR camera with me. It’s large, very heavy and doesn’t really cut it for me when doing images. If I want to carry a large camera I will bring the Fuji GSW690 or Gaoersi 617 cameras.

But when trying to shoot an event like this, and time is limited (since I was making images between video shooting), the DSLR really shines. Fast and accurate with the flexibility of a great quality zoom lens like the Nikkor 24-70, there’s really no point struggling with other cameras. Actually, that’s the only reason I have kept my Nikon system for.

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(Sony NEX 5N, Sony 18-55 zoom lens)

Most of the images posted today are with the Sony NEX 5N since it was easy to just make a photo before turning to video again, the images with the Nikon D700 are part of the whole project we did and are still in a “no publcation” status.

Along with the NEX 5N (which by the way shoots way better video than the NEX 5), I brought the heavy artillery with me, the Nikon D700 with Nikkor 24-70 f2.8 and 135mm f2 DC lenses. People who have been reading my blog for a while, will know that I rarely take a DSLR camera with me. It’s large, very heavy and doesn’t really cut it for me when doing images. If I want to carry a large camera I will bring the Fuji GSW690 or Gaoersi 617 cameras.

Most the images posted today are from the NEX 5N, since my D700 images were part of the project we did and are still in “no publication” status. After all, it was easy making an image between video scenes. Now, what I must admit, is that the few times I shot the same subjects with the two cameras, the D700/24-70 completely obliterated my NEX images. And it should be as you cannot compare the cheap 18-55 zoom with Nikon’s professional 24-70 lens. In today’s digital era, sensors may be a big part of the final image, but as its often stated, it’s the glass that matters.

For professional level work and projects, the DSLR is unbeatable. Nevertheless, I have also made a few images with the Makina 67 and Fuji GSW690, which I am sure will be my favorites, but it was only a small portion of the whole day. After all, I am not willing (or rich !!)to shoot 30-50 rolls of film for a single day’s event.

One thing I wish for my D700 is video recording. It would make a great combo, since with one camera I could make the whole event both stills and video. As I have written before, I have preordered the new D800E for my landscape work since my free time is getting more and more limited and film requires a lot of time developing, scanning and post processing. I will of course continue using film (Velvia for landscapes and of course black and white film), but the digital workflow will be easier for me to handle in many occasions.

Now, the D800E is not the best choice for video (the D800 is a better choice for that), but the lack of the AA filter would provide better images for my kind of photography (my previous experience with the Leica M8 shows that a non AA filter camera is the way to go in my case).

Well, that’s all for today, enjoy the rest of the images.

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(Sony NEX 5N, Sony 18-55 zoom lens)

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(Sony NEX 5N, Sony 18-55 zoom lens)

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(Sony NEX 5N, Sony 18-55 zoom lens)

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(Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-70 f2.8 , panoramic stitch)

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