"A transformational camera - with or without kit lens"5.0 starson by mel_snyder-2009
Pros: Fabulous DSLR-grade images
With adapters mount all your DSLR, film SRL or rangefinder lenses
Program mode is fabulous - set your ISO and whatever the aperture, the camera adjusts the speed for a perfect shot
EVF like an optical rangefinder
Cons: No ability to store setting, poorly/nonintuitive menu takes time to learn
No external mike input - and no good solution through their accessory hot shoe (I will buy the accessory shotgun mike for that - pin-out hack sure to come soon!)
Summary: For the experienced photographer who's learned how to focus manually and hold or brace a camera without image stabilization/VR, this is almost a dream. I've challenged the h*ll out of this with my 1980s Leica M lenses, my Canon FD lenses and my span of Nikon lenses from the sixties to the present - and I am just blown away with the image.
The kit lens is just OK - makes the camera very pocketable. But with a $20 adapter, you can pick up a used Canon FD 50mm f1.8 lens on ebay or craig's list that will let you shoot ISO 100 indoors - and outdoors, give you world class images. I have an 11-16mm f2.8 Tokina from my D7000, and with an adapter, takes images you can't tell without a look at the EXIF on what it was shot.
Even the outrageous ISOs like 25600 actually produce acceptable RAW images (I don't use JPEGs - although the first few I shot on the kit lens were stunning - except for the corner vignetting at 16mm).
The most transformational camera I previously owned was the Olympus C2100, in 2001 - powerful zoom, first EVF, incredible 2.1megapixel sensor; second, the Nikon D70, then the D7000.
But for now, the most transformational camera is the NEX-6.
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