Just a quick 'hello' to introduce myself - I'm new to the forum, to Sony cameras and Photography in general.
In many ways, I'm Sony UK Marketing Division's dream customer - the epitome of their target consumer in terms of the p&s to NEX to SLT upgrade path, compressed into a few short months.
Back in November 2010 I walked into a non-specialist electronics chain and was mooching around the point and shoot camera section. I was accosted by a Sony specialist rep who extolled the virtues / special offers surrounding their new 'mirrorless' camera system and ended up walking out of the shop with a NEX 3 kit, wondering how I'd let myself be talked into a 'ridiculously expensive' point and shoot camera. Then I started to take a few photos.. quite liked the image quality I was getting compared to my iphone.. started reading a few forums / websites... bought a pancake lens... discovered ebay and cheap lens adaptors / old second hand pentax lenses... then got the official a-mount adaptor and discovered the easy choice a-mount primes and suddenly decided the NEX needed an a55 to sit next beside it in what used to be my spare room but now would be better described as my large camera equipment cupboard
What surprises me the most is that it took me this long to discover modern digital photography - I'm a self confessed gadget lover and early adopter of new technologies but the last time I really looked into 'serious' digital cameras back in the early 2000s, the technology seemed half baked, low image quality and over priced compared to 'proper' cameras. The massive improvements in the tech that have occurred over the last few years soft of passed me by so discovering that modern dslrs are actually relatively affordable, small, powerful handheld PCs with a lens stuck on the front was a bit of a revelation and one that appealed to my inner creative geek. Being able to then connect them all up to my other assorted electronic devices, PCs, phones and tablets etc is just the icing on the cake
In terms of subjects, I'm experimenting with a bit of everything at the moment from MACRO to Portraits to 'special fx' shots but I've found I have a particular fondness for street / urban photography - even the most mundane of city scenes seems more interesting with a candid shot of a passer by or from looking at things from a different angle. I have found that my idea of a nice photo doesn't always match those of my friends or family - whilst they love the various 'baby portraits' and pictures of the family dog, they are less keen on my shots of dead crabs on a beach, abandoned sofas in the street or pictures of ceiling light fittings taken with lenses deliberately designed to make things look blurry.. ah well, such is the burden we artists have to bear
See you all in the discussion forums