hey JA - sorry to bring up an old post from the past, but how's the NEX-5 compared to D7k? More of a P&S size?
I'm not even sure how much they $$$ just need something small. . .
I can't compare now because I still haven't even touched a D7000. Next weekend I should have my new baby (costs less than a real one) and I'll have a better idea. My comment above about ISO not assignable to a soft key was fixed with the most recent firmware update, so it's a nearly perfect camera. I will say this: the main thing I miss is a flash hotshoe. I wonder if Sony is waiting to release a hotshoe attachment with the new rumored NEX early next year. That's the main complaint I have now, but with D90-like noise handling it's not the end of the world, either. Awesome video, great stills, good image stabilization in the kit lens which works wonders for handheld video, and the UI is really quite good.
I just made my second iteration of NEX to Nikon bellows—this time with an actual attachment to the camera instead of just fitting over the mount ring. I also added a pin that lets you control aperture in G lenses (with no aperture ring). I went back and reread Ansel Adams's view camera section from The Camera now that I actually have equipment that can do some of the movements he talks about. I'm having a lot of fun with it. Here's a 10-ft handrail on my stairs, and sitting at the bottom of the stairs I got the entire thing in focus at f/2.8 with my 50mm 1.8 nikkor:
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