I'm snapping a couple of pics in a side alley in Kings Cross with people walking right into the blindingly bright sun or straight into the pitch black shade. A couple of years ago I took similar photos right at this spot. It's important to have a camera with little to no shutter-lag. The Sony NEX 7 doesn't disappoint in this respect. All pics are taken with an equivalent 50mm lens (35mm F1.8). I underexposed by 2-3 stops to make sure that the faces are well exposed and did some minor shadow/contrast/colour correction in Aperture.
A day out at in the countryside, walking around the lakes with my cousin. His Fuji X100 on the left, my Sony NEX 7 on the right. The cameras replaced or say complimented our Leica's M9 & M6. I love how digital photography makes it easy to record, almost effortlessly, moments which I wouldn't have given a chance with my TRI-X loaded Leica M6 camera. My digital honeymoon isn't over yet, even if I often don't like how my new Sony NEX 7 renders highlight burnout. But I think that is a more general issue of how digital sensors and perhaps in particular how the Bayer pattern sensor works. Highlight burnout in digital photography looks still plain ugly to my eye.
I like the new Hipstamatic JANE lens, cleans colors and of course the nice INA film frame.
I'm killing some time with a coffee & croissant and waiting for a return call from my camera dealer 'Foto Meyer', to tell me if they will replace my still faulty Sony NEX 7. After having wasted to many hours shipping the camera back & forth to the repair center, I was thinking of smashing the camera against some hard surface. Whatsoever, I can say that the croissants at Berlin's top department store are faultless, plenty of butter. My second croissant in four months. No room for fake dough.
On my way out of the department store, Klaus Wowereit, the Berlin mayor, walked past me, unaccompanied by his bodyguards. It seemed bid odd. His facial expression seemed to say something like, please, can't I for once be on my own? When I stepped outside I faced two black limousines and several bodyguards checking me out and looking at my camera hanging around my neck. Maybe they thought that I was a hobby paparazzi.
Does it make sense to enlarge the tiny Sony NEX 7 camera by adding the nicely finished Gariz leather handgrip? Well at least it rectifies for a design fault with the Sony NEX 7, where the rubber handgrip starts pealing off after a few weeks of use.
I received my Sony NEX 7 back from repair today. The second time with the same fault. I'm bit confused about Sony's tag line and the punctuation, 'make.believe'. Take the dot away and it sounds of deception.