You might have noticed that shortly after I wrote about my regrets buying the DSLR wannabe, I posted it for sale on eBay. I told myself that I would only get a smaller (and maybe better) camera if I am able to sell that Nikon. Otherwise I would stick to that camera.
Well, guess what? I was able to (finally) sell it off last week for RM 850. I bought it for US$300 more than a year ago when it was still RM 3.10 to US$1, so it was slightly more than RM 900. In other words, I paid less than RM 100 to own a formidable looking camera for more than a year. In my definition, that’s a pretty good deal.
I got the money, time to get the camera that I want. This one, the Sony ILCE-5100L mirrorless camera:
ILCE basically means Interchangeable Lens Camera with E-mount. E-mount is a type of lens that Sony manufactures for their mirrorless camera range. I won’t go deeper with the technical jargon (because I don’t know them all that well myself). To put it simply, I bought the perfect type of camera a photography noob can possibly buy. A camera with the size of a compact camera, but with the DSLR-like interchangeable lens capability. The best of both worlds.
The official price for this guy in Sony’s website is RM 2099. I checked a few camera shops and they were all selling between RM 1750 and RM 1800. I was actually prepared to wait till March when Sony is expected to launch their 6100 model and the 5100 that I want would hopefully have a further price drop.
But then a friend reminded me about GST coming in April and the risk that the price might actually increase. So, last Thursday, I rather spontaneously went to the Sony shop in Queensbay Mall to take a look (again), saw that they were doing a RM 300 cash back for my camera, and rather spontaneously decided to take the camera, on the spot. RM 300 cash back means I pay RM 1799. And I got a free lens filter to go with it. The shops I checked earlier doesn’t give free lens filter.
Another plus point about this model that I will probably never use is the selfie capability. Like the Nikon that I sold, this guy has a flip screen.
It’s been almost a week now, but I have not given this camera a proper shakedown yet. Heck, I don’t even know most of the settings yet! Penang sky was covered in haze over the weekend, and I didn’t feel appropriate to carry the camera with me to the weddings. Weekdays I have to work and go home and cook. So the only photos I can show you from the camera are these random useless photos..
I did not use any special settings, they’re all taken using Intelligent Auto mode, and the only PC enhancements I made to them are crop/resize.
I’m planning to go out for a walk with the camera this weekend, hopefully that will happen.