Friend: Hey! I saw you post some photos.. So did you finally bring your camera to Indonesia?”

Me: Nope. I actually bought a new one….

Friend: Oh wow! That’s cool! What did you get? Still Nikon?

Me: Uhh.. I bought Sony, a5100 not the latest model but I can make it work I think

Friend: WHAT?!?! Dude, not worth the money! Should have stick to your Nikon or just bought Canon.

*That’s how friendship ends…. kidding 🙂

First of all, it took me almost 3 years to decide whether I will buy a new camera or just bring my dslr here. I was actually looking for a compact camera because it’s easier to cary around. So my current camera is the result of my 3 years contemplation.

I must admit, using this camera means having to adjust to what I am used to. There are pros and cons as usual but in general there is no challenge (for me) that can’t be solved.

I still prefer looking at the view finder and manually adjusting the focus of the camera lens when taking a photo. However, using a screen to help you see a bigger picture can also be good because you can use both eyes.

Even though my new camera (his name is Cameron by the way and don’t ask me why. That’s just how it works) will make my life easier because of the automatic functions, I still try to use manual setting to help me practice mastering aperture and shutter setting. So, technically it can still give me the same feeling of trial and error that I deal with back when I was using my dslr.

Now, why Sony? I don’t agree that it’s a downgrade from someone who uses Nikon or Canon. That’s just simply not true. I always believe that the beauty of your photo will not always depend on how good your camera is. You really need an eye (and photoshop skills if you are resourceful) for taking good photos and the knowledge to proper aperture+shutter+white balance setting. I know people who are not using the two most popular dslr camera brands but still produces amazing pictures.. Without edit! I’ve read good reviews about Sony cameras so why should I not consider it?! It’s all about the specs and what type suits your needs.

Regardless of what camera brand and model you buy, you have to keep in mind that it’s not enough – wait, let me stress that one – IT’S NOT ENOUGH TO BUY THE LATEST MODEL OR MOST EXPENSIVE BRAND. Because if you don’t know how to use it or you basically have no idea about cameras, then you are just waisting your money. Try to research a bit so you will have an idea of what you are getting yourself into.

And as for you my friend: Nope, I did not waste my money buying this camera. It may have some limitations (all cameras have) compared to my dslr but I can be certain that I will still manage to take good photos – even without editing.