Sony NEX-5N and wonderful autumn light

Sony NEX-5N 18-55mm
Sony NEX-5N 18-55mm

The arrival of the OLED viewfinder coincided with some wonderful autumn light, and gave me an excellent opportunity to try it out with the NEX-5N.

Sony NEX-5N 85mm f/2.8 SAM
Sony NEX-5N 85mm f/2.8 SAM

Sony NEX-5N 18-55mm
Sony NEX-5N 18-55mm

Sony NEX-5N 18-55mm
Sony NEX-5N 18-55mm

Sony NEX-5N 85mm f/2.8 SAM
Sony NEX-5N 85mm f/2.8 SAM

Sony NEX-5N 18-55mm
Sony NEX-5N 18-55mm

Sony NEX-5N 18-55mm
Sony NEX-5N 18-55mm

Sony NEX-5N 18-55mm
Sony NEX-5N 18-55mm

With the addition of the viewfinder NEX suddenly becomes a different system for me. All the virtues of size and weight become a reality, and at last I can take advantage of the superb image quality without struggling to compose with just a live view screen. For me NEX now becomes a camera system instead of a collection of gadgets. 

With the EVF, which performs just like the one in my a77, using the 5n was a pleasure. It has eye recognition just like the Panasonic G1/G3/GH2 etc. system and is indeed, as many have commented the best EVF currently available. In bright sunlight and wearing my polarised sunglasses, I could still clearly see what I was photographing.

Before going out I did try a MF m-mount lens and when I was out I was using the 85mm f/2.8 manually focused, as the adapter is pretty slow and the misty conditions made it difficult anyway. Using the focus peaking I got accurate results reasonably easily.

So, Sony have moved things along. Its nice that they have responded to the clamour for an EVF, and have come up with a really good one. The NEX-5N moves to the top of my list of mirrorless cameras, and thats not something I would have envisaged writing until a short while ago.