With the new wave of full-frame sensor cameras that have recently hit the market, I was thinking about upgrading from the Canon EOS 7D that I travelled through Europe and backpacked northern Africa and the Middle-East with, and get my hands on the new Canon EOS 5D mark III. A magnificent, but heavy beast with the body alone coming in at 1kg. With the addition of 3 lenses, tripod and other photography equipment that I’d be taking, my shoulders started to ache just thinking about it. It made me think back to those long hours walking in the blistering sun through the Saharan countries. With an even longer trip, do I really want to put myself through all that again? Short answer, nope!
In comes the Sony NEX-7. As of this last year, APS-C mirrorless cameras have been making a big scene on the photography market, so I decided to take a look at what there is to offer. After endless hours of research and reading reviews, it was clear there were 2 or 3 choices that stood out from the rest. But in the end, picking them up and handeling them made my choice clear. The Sony NEX-7 was the winner for me.
Needless to say, leaving behind my beloved SLR won’t come without a touch of nostalgia. There’s nothing quite like shooting with one. But I’m really looking forward to the lightened load and being able to get my camera out in more situations than I’ve been able to before.
For anyone interested in more info on the NEX-7, have a read of DPReview’s Sony NEX-7 in-depth review.