I am just on my way back to Germany from a two-week-trip to Pulau Pef / Raja Ampat. Thanks to the kindness of Claudia Claudia Pellarini-Joubert and Leon Joubert, the resident photo-pros, I had the opportunity to test for one day the NEX 5 with a fisheye adapter in an Aquapazza housing, equipped with two YS-110a strobes.
The new NEX 7 obviously is improved in one point that was frustrating: Changing time and f-stop is a pest with the NEX 5. Of course, it does work, but boy... so complicated. You have to press a button to choose if you wish to change time or f-stop, then turn a wheel (which sometimes did not have enough grip - poor design of the housing!! ) to change the values, then press the button again twice to select the other option, then turn the wheel again. Ooops - the nudibranch has run away!!
The new design of the NEX 7 will eliminate this source of frustration.
BUT: There was one more thing that I was not used to (I must confess - I still shoot ANALOG with a Nikonos RS) - and this is the time I have to wait in betwen pictures. With my trusty old Ikelite strobes I can fire and fire, and they recharge almost instantly. The YS110a are not bad - but the camera' internal strobe is! The internal strobe triggers the external strobes, and so I did have to wait for the next shot until the internal strobe (which was set to "Fill Flash") had recycled. Baaah. A couple of seconds! And again, the nudi...
When I look at the specs of the new NEX 7 it says "4 seconds recycle time". My old Olympus SP 350, which I take with me just for fun from time to time, does better! It has a mode where I can set the strobe power from 1 to 10, so when I use the lowest power (which would be good enough for triggering) it recycles very fast.
Does the NEX 7 has such a feature??? If not, I find this to be more of a problem than lens choice, at least for me. See two images I attach from my test-day, they are "good enough" for me (technically, i.e. sharpness, exposure etc), considered that they were my first shots with that camera.
Why do I bother? Because sooner or later I am afraid I will have to say "R.I.P" to my good old, trusty RS.
Edited by Jock, 28 August 2011 - 04:08 PM.