The Nex-7 and 10-18 proved ideal for photographing the park. I was able to position the camera over railings and leaning down and very near the falling water in ways that would have been difficult or impossible with the D800E and its lack of a tilting LCD and use of tripod.
I wasn't sure to what degree the image stabilization would be useful with such a wide angle lense - but turns out that for many situations it does replace the tripod. None of these images ended up making use of the HDR that I'd set the camera to, relying instead on Lightroom control of shadow and highlight - an impressive job for the Nex. Picked up a Think Tank Retro 5 for my Nex kit and so far I love it - flat bottom so it can sit on the ground without falling over, no zips to deal with, but a generous flap and two velcros so it won't spill contents, open and close with one hand, and darn, I like that colour and material. I'm looking forward to seeing how the Zeiss 16-70 performs and wonder if it may turn out to be a tad big for this bag - but we'll see.
I may not be producing significant photography, but I sure am having fun.