What to do with my Sony NEX-5? That was the question.
As you know, I recently did the big equipment purge when I got rid of my Canon 7D and Canon Rebel XT along with a bunch of lenses. I was originally planning to get rid of the Sony NEX-5 too with the two lenses and the wide-angle adapter. But I was conflicted. I must have went back a forth a dozen times. I was literally spit 50 – 50 on the keep or sell decision.
I really don’t use the camera anymore. The Olympus Pens have taken over the mirrorless spot and the Sony just sits there. But, the entire NEX package is not worth much anymore. The money I can get for it doesn’t seem like it worth selling. If I sold it on eBay or Craig’s List I may eek out more but I just can’t be bothered.
My simple rule about selling stuff is this. Would I pay the amount to buy the camera that I would get by selling the camera? If the answer is no, that means that I should sell it. For example, I got a little over $1000 for my Canon 7D + lenses. Would I spend that money today to buy the same (used) camera? No, I wouldn’t. So it made sense to sell the 7D. For the NEX 5, the equation is flipped. The camera may only fetch $135 from KEH for example. Would I buy a NEX 5 for $135? Sure, probably. It would be fun testing and playing with the camera for such a cheap price.
The big mistake I made was now getting rid of the camera sooner, while it had more value. But it’s tricky. Digital cameras are basically picture taking computers. Their resale value drops so quickly. That’s one benefit of the film era. The hardware retained its value and utility a lot longer.
In reality, the NEX-5 is still a fine camera. All of the photos in this post were taken with the NEX-5 and some have made it into my Portfolio. Yes, if I only used the NEX-5, I could continue to shoot it very effectively. In fact, I still rank the NEX cameras really high on the list for beginners. That’s why in my mirrorless camera recommendations, I recommend the Sony NEX even above the Olympus Pen for beginners. Put this camera into the automatic “Green Mode” and it takes fantastic photos without trying. It’s perfect for my wife or boys if they need a better quality camera.
Do I own technically better cameras? Sure. But it might be fun to dust off the NEX-5 and play with it from time to time. Alter all, I love the look and build of this thing. The metal body and metal lens has a premium feel. And its large lens and small body form factor — while strange for some — works for me.
I now admit that I was seduced by its design when I first decided on the NEX over the Olympus. Back then, the Olympus E-PL1 was a functional but slow and cheap camera. It had none of the slickness of the brand new Sony.
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