NEX-5 16mm f/2.8 in sunlight.

Firstly if anyone is wondering what has happened to my Fuji X100, so am I!! DHL seem to be having trouble delivering it. It was supposed to arrive Tuesday, then yesterday, now today. If they aren't able to find my house today there's 4 days of bank holiday and weekend to follow. Its somewhat frustrating. (Thats the polite term!!)

Meanwhile using the NEX-5 16mm f/2.8 in sunlight.

Sony NEX-5 16mm f/2.8
Union Jacks everywhere - must be something going on.

Sony NEX-5 16mm f/2.8
As you can see it has very punchy colour.

Sony NEX-5 16mm f/2.8

Dynamic range is OK, though the default metering seems to overexpose by about 1 stop for my taste. This seems to very common for CSC's. I generally set them to about -.3 or -.7 of a stop for better highlight control. If used at the factory settings however the NEX-5 does produce some burnt out highlights, which seems a bit strange since it negates the advantage of the APS-C sensor. However I would say that the difference between this camera and m4/3 is marginal. You read some articles which suggest APS-C sensors are much better than m4/3 or 4/3 sensors for dynamic range. They are better, yes, but its not by much.

Sony NEX-5 16mm f/2.8
Taken at -1 stop from the meter reading produced a much nicer image here.

Sony NEX-5 16mm f/2.8

Sony NEX-5 16mm f/2.8
This is a crop not the Panorama mode.

Sony NEX-5 16mm f/2.8
This is the sweep panorama. Unfortunately it only produces a 43MB file, and the results are a bit soft. Its not as good as the A55 in this respect.

I really do like using this camera / lens combination. However it must be said (again) that the results are really no better than I've achieved with m4/3. This lens is certainly no sharper than my Panasonic 14mm f/2.5. Nor as a prime is it sharper than the Panasonic 7-14mm or Olympus 9-18mm zooms I've used. Its by no means a bad lens (or camera) and it produces decent results. There's some quite severe dark blue fringing on branches against the sky and the edges aren't as sharp as the centre. However none of this is unusual, and many DSLR lens combinations I've used have produced similar, and often worse results.

Its great advantages are size, weight and somewhat surprisingly for me the handling, which is very good. Like all of these cameras it could do with with a decent viewfinder, but that doesn't seem to be a priority with these cameras.

UPDATE

Fuji X100 just arrived!