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

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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  [shoplink 8858 ebay]Zeiss Planar 35mm f/2.0[/shoplink] can be used on your NEX via the Contax G to NEX mount adapter ([shoplink 8859 ebay]Click here to find them on eBay[/shoplink]). The lens itself costs around $500 and you can find them on [shoplink 8858 ebay]eBay (Click here)[/shoplink]. 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:
[shoplink 8858 ebay]Zeiss Planar 35mm f/2.0 (Click here)[/shoplink] [shoplink 8859 ebay]Contax G to NEX mount adapter (Click here)[/shoplink]

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 + [shoplink 8725 ebay]Nokton 35mm f/1.4[/shoplink] 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 [shoplink 8452]Sony NEX5n[/shoplink] 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 [shoplink 9110]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 [shopcountry 9110].
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!
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Plenty of new Sony NEX-C3 reviews.

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Don’t let us forget the smallest of all NEX cameras, the nice [shoplink 7207]NEX-C3[/shoplink]! 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: [shopcountry 7207].

Sony confirms the “click” issue on the NEX-5n


According to EngadgetSony reps on hand to acknowledge and confirm the issue, which seems to plague every [shoplink 8452]NEX-5N[/shoplink] that we’ve tried. This is still very fresh, so Sony doesn’t have a fix or even a statement to issue, but because 1080/60p video is one of this camera’s headline features, we’re going to recommend holding off on your purchase until the company can confirm what’s causing the issue.

I hope Sony will prepare some kind of fix for all current [shoplink 8452]NEX-5n[/shoplink] owners (that includes me that just got the camera). It really makes no sense to offer FullHD recording when you cannot record audio because of that dummy CLICK noise!

First (chinese) A77 review + more image samples.

Sony SLT-A77 Demonstration movie – Jetskis from Nick Webster on Vimeo.

The taiwanese website Mobile01 posted the very first full A77 review. You can click here to read the google english translation. Keep in mind that google removes the embedded youtube video code so you have to click here to see the original chinese post to see videos and image samples. There are plenty of JPEG and RAW files to download. The chinese reviewer is impressed by the OLED viewfinder and said the image quality is very good up to ISO 1.600.

More A77 news:

ThePictureDesk posted new A77 and A65 image samples. There is a short A77 preview at Photocomment. And we have a new A77/7D/5N iso 1600 image comparison discussion at Dpreview.

And here are the links to all new cameras and lenses from Sony:
A77 at [shopcountry 8461].
A65 at [shopcountry 8459].
Sony NEX-7 [shopcountry 8454].
Sony NEX-5n [shopcountry 8452].
Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 [shopcountry 8450].
Sony 50mm f/1.8 [shopcountry 8448].
Sony 55-210mm [shopcountry 8444].
NEX-5n viewfinder [shopcountry 9110].

Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 image samples and new NEX-7 previews.


[shoplink 8454]Sony NEX-7[/shoplink] – Some Reasons Why I Might Want the NEX-7 INSTEAD of the [shoplink 8452]Sony NEX-5N[/shoplink]

There is a new set of [shoplink 8454]NEX-7[/shoplink] + [shoplink 8450]Zeiss Sonnar T* E 24mm f/1.8[/shoplink] image samples at Dpreview (Click here). Click twice on the image to see the full size version! Looks very good to me!!!

More NEX-7 news:
New NEX-7 preview at Digitalcamerareview (Click here): “The preliminary samples from the NEX-7 from our day of shooting look very good to my eye. The user experience is pleasant, intuitive and the lightness of the system will be a major bonus to travel photographers. It’s an extremely versatile system, with more and more lens options available, and it’s capable of producing great images in a variety of situations. It’s too early to make any great proclamations about the NEX-7 yet, but there’s a lot of potential to put it at the front of the class.”
Alphamountworld updated their NEX-7 preivew by adding new image samples.

Preorder the NEX-7 at [shopcountry 8454] (Some stores may are not accepting preorders now).
Preorder the Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 at [shopcountry 8450] (Some stores may are not accepting preorders now).

First Sony NG-20 test (AVCHD 2.0 and HDMi output).

The Canon specialized website Cinema5D (Click here) had a chance to test the new [shoplink 9097]Sony VG-20[/shoplink] camera. WHat’s so interesting on that test is that it is the very first video showing the difference between the AVCHD 2.0 and HDMi output video quality. But the result do not look that good: “Unfortunately what we got out of the hdmi port of the [shoplink 9097]Sony VG-20[/shoplink] was only marginally better looking than the VG-20 internal AVCHD recording. If you can see what I see you might agree that the hdmi signal looks like it has undergone very much processing.

And their final conclusion is quite negative: “This is not a scientific test, just a quick grab of some footage to get a first idea of what we could expect from this camera. And to be honest, our shitty recordings are enough to make up my mind: This camera fails for me!

I have to be honest. I am not excited about that camera. I would have expected a lot more from a dedicated video camera. What’s your opinion when looking on that test?

Those are the Sony VG-20 search links to check price and availability: [shopcountry 9097].