September 18, 2011
Posted in reviews

Pancakes ideas for your NEX: Zeiss Planar 35mm f/2.0 (Contax G mount).

Introduction:
I am a happy NEX-5n user (and probably future NEX-7 user too). But what I am missing in the current NEX lens lineup are pancakes! I’m googling around to find some nice pancakes I can use on my NEX and I thought it would be nice to share with you my findings!

The Zeiss Planar 35mm f/2.0:
The razor sharp and tiny  Zeiss Planar 35mm f/2.0 can be used on your NEX via the Contax G to NEX mount adapter (Click here to find them on eBay). The lens itself costs around $500 and you can find them on eBay (Click here). On your NEX this will become a 53mm f/2.0 lens. As you see from the picture on top it is a very compact, and high quality lens.

What I found:
A set of image samples from “Ta” taken with the NEX-5 on Flickr (Click here).
Another set of image samples from “Sebboh” taken with the NEX-3 on Flickr (Click here).
Amazing night shots from “Lowlightlove” taken with the NEX-3 on Flickr (Click here).

What do you think:

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Ebay links:
Zeiss Planar 35mm f/2.0 (Click here)
Contax G to NEX mount adapter (Click here)

September 18, 2011
Posted in rumors

C.Garrard: Sony is aware that we need pancakes for the NEX system.

The latest Sony ENX lens roadmap shows the three upcoming new lenses, the G standard zoom, the die angle zoom and mid telephoto lens. Those are lenses that will appeal consumers more than enthusiast or professionists. But I am still hoping Sony will also announce some fast lens and panckes as soon as possible. Carl Garrard has a small talk with Sony and told them: “I let Sony know there is a big desire for smaller lenses for the NEX system, and in the end of that conversation I came to the conclusion that it’s not like they aren’t aware of this desire/need. I was told that their lens engineers are at full throttle trying to keep up with designing lenses for both the Alpha and NEX systems. “That’s fine” I said, “But the consumer wants smaller lenses now- maybe Sony ought to think about prioritizing that demand” I added.” (Source: Dpreview forum).

Now let’s hope Sony will respond my (and your) call for pancakes!

September 17, 2011
Posted in news

Rayqual NEX adapters with built-in tripod mount.

The japanse company Rayqual announced a couple of new E-mount adapters with built-in tripod mount. There will be E-mount adapters for Nikon F, M42, Leica R, Olympus OM, Canon FD and Pentax K mount lenses. Rayqual sells their adpaters on their own website Rayqual.com. But sadly it’s only in japanese language. The adpaters will cost around $180-200. We will might find them soon on eBay (Click here to see the current Rayqual adpaters on eBay).

September 17, 2011
Posted in reviews

NEX-5n review at CNET + got my NEX-5n!


Pacifica 5N from Marlon Torres on Vimeo.

IMPORTANT: At the time you are reading this I am driving across Europe (at least 13 hours drive). I will answer your mails the next days. Also comments waiting for moderation have to …wait more than usual. One more thing, I got my NEX-5n right before my departure. I will do some backstage photos of the reportage we are shooting in Doel (Antwerpen). My first impression? The Black NEX-5n + Nokton 35mm f/1.4 combo looks sexy. Image quality is amazing. What I don’t like is the usbaility of the NEX-5n (and I will write mroe about that when I am back form my trip). See you soon!

Here are the news:

Lori Grunin from CNET (Click here) posted a full Sony NEX5n review: “I don’t know that I can recommend the NEX-5N as the best option for point-and-shoot upgraders; for that the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 offers the more familiar interface and performance worth stepping up to. And I think the body itself might be too small for some people looking for a dSLR alternative, and for some of those folks a hardware mode dial or traditional hot shoe can be a deal killer. But it’s a solid camera with extremely good video quality and capabilities for its class, and though its performance isn’t best in class, it’s certainly good enough.”

EosHD (CLick here) wrote a tutorial about how to optimize the Sony NEX 5N for cinematic video.

Kayakphoto (Click here) just got the new external OLED viewfinder for the NEX-5n: “Once again the quality of the EVF is truly outstanding. When coupled with some of my older Nikkor glass and using the manual focus assist I can literally see the difference in quality as the lens is stopped down. This also shows up with focus peaking.

You can get the viewfinder at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
And as I did with the NEX-7 once here is the full worldwide Sony store list (+ some more shops) to check the NEX-5n availability and price. Just click on the name to visit the product page!

Australia: Sony.au, Digitalrev, Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.au
Austria: Amazon.at, Sony.at, eBay.at
Belgium: Sony.be, eBay.be
Canada: Sony.ca, B&H, Adorama, eBay.ca
China: Amazon.cn, Digitalrev, eBay
Denmark: Sony.dk, eBay
Finland: Sony.fi, eBay
France: Sony.fr, Amazon.fr, eBay.fr
Germany: Amazon.de, Sony.de, eBay.de
Hong Kong: Amazon, Digitalrev, B&H, Adorama, eBay
Ireland: Sony.ie, Amazon.uk, eBay.ie
Italy: Sony.it, Amazon.it, eBay.it
Japan: Amazon.jp, Rakuten, eBay
Netherlands: Sony.nl, eBay.nl
Norway: Sony.no, eBay
Poland: Sony.pl, Redcoon.pl, eBay
Singapore: Digitalrev, B&H, eBay
Spain: Sony.es, Amazon.es, Redcoon.es, eBay
Sweden: Sony.se, eBay
Switzerland: Sony.ch, Amazon.de, eBay.ch
United Kingdom: Amazon.co.uk, Warehouseexpress, eBay UK
USA: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay

September 16, 2011
Posted in reviews

Plenty of new Sony NEX-C3 reviews.

Don’t let us forget the smallest of all NEX cameras, the nice NEX-C3! There are plenty of new reviews to read for all of you playing with the idea to buy the camera.

Let’s start with Popphoto (Click here): “Though Sony has addressed some of the interface issues that led to our cold reception of the first NEX bodies, the C3 still feels like it’s a step behind the competition. The body remains among the smallest you can find in an ILC (at least until Pentax’s tiny Q model hits the market this fall), but the big lenses negate much of this benefit.

The next review has been written by Techradar (Click here): “Despite the odd handling niggle, the Sony NEX-C3 has proved itself to be a very capable camera with some innovative features to suit photographers of all experience levels. The image quality alone will make this camera worthy of consideration.

Trustedreviews (Click here) writes: “It’s a shame that Sony hasn’t seen fit to raise the bar with regards to the new model’s movie recording abilities, while the fiddly flash attachment remains something of a fudged solution too. For these reasons the NEX-C3 doesn’t quite make 9/10. Judged solely on its still-image capturing abilities though, we’ve no hesitation in recommending it.“.

Click those links to check the NEX-C3 price: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

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