Thursday, October 28, 2010

Sony NEX VCLECF1 Fisheye Conversion and Italy

sony nex vcl ecf1 fisheye conversion lens

Sony NEX-5, 16mm f/2.8 Pancake, VCL-ECF1 Fisheye Adapter

AFphoto went to Italy with his NEX-5, 16mm f/2.8 E-mount pancake, and the VCL-ECF1 Fisheye Converter and took these pictures below. Full resolution images can be seen at AFphoto's gallery.

sony nex vcl ecf1 fisheye conversion lens
sony nex vcl ecf1 fisheye conversion lens
sony nex vcl ecf1 fisheye conversion lens
sony nex vcl ecf1 fisheye conversion lens
sony nex vcl ecf1 fisheye conversion lens


Thanks AFphoto!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Blake Lively and her Sony NEX-5

Here is Blake Live from Gossip Girl and the upcoming Green Lantern as Carol Ferris playing with her NEX-5 kit.

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Blake Lively with her black Sony NEX-5 with 18-55mm OSS Lens


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Blake Lively from the Scream Awards 2010


Thanks justjared.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Sony NEX American Photo Editors Choice Award Winner

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The NEX cameras have won an American Photo Editor's Choice Award.

from popphoto.com:

The winners of this year's Editor's Choice Awards had to meet the highest standard ever: For American Photo's editorial team to choose them, they had to qualify as "game-changing"—to have transformed, or have the potential to transform, the very way photographers work. To be fair to all the other great photo products that came to market this year, that's a tough standard to meet in a field in which progress is largely incremental. But the rigor we brought to bear on the task challenged our preconceptions and helped us transcend our usual category-based thinking.

...

Many of our winners are exemplars of larger trends in the industry. Sony’s NEX system joins the burgeoning ILC (Interchangeable-Lens Compact) phenomenon, significantly advancing the convergence of still and video capture.

...

Maybe more unusual, though, is the NEX-5’s fraternal twin, a camcorder called the NEX-VG10. It incorporates the same sensor, lens mount and LCD screen as the NEX-5, not to mention most other features, including still capture. That’s huge news, because it’s the first of its kind with an APS-C-sized chip and silent-focusing inter- changeable optics, thereby offering filmlike shallow focus, low-light prowess and better video handling than any DSLR. And it costs a fraction of any professional equivalent.
Thanks Popuplar Photography!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Full Spectrum Sony NEX-5 Video



Here is a video from a Sony NEX-5 that has been converted for full spectrum photography, which means the sensor is now sensitive to Ultraviolet, Infrared, and Visible light. The colors in the video is the result of using an Fuji Film SC 58 filter on the Full Spectrum Sony NEX-5.

The conversion was done by Invisible Light Technology.

Check out surrealcolor for more info on full spectrum photography.


Thanks falseirir!

Check out the IR Converted NEX-5.

Sony NEX MS Super Triplet Perar Lens

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MS Optical Super Triplet Perar photo by jonmanjiro



Here is the smallest available lens for the Leica M mount and Luca A. has mounted it on his NEX-5. It is the MS Optical Super Triplet Perar Lens with a 35mm focal length, 52.5mm equivalent on the NEX and a maximum aperture of f/3.5. A Leica M to Sony E-mount adapter was used.

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Super Triplet Perar Lens Extended on the NEX-5.



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Super Triplet Perar Lens Collapsed.



sony nex ms optical super triplet perar 35mm leica

For reference: Super Triplet Perar on the Leica M8.

Here are the key features of the Perar lens:
  • Very high optical quality triplet formula lens.
  • Ultra compact design, weight 75g, collapsible (4.2 height when collapsed).
  • Premium quality Tantalum glass, superior to Trium and Lanthanum glass with best refractive qualities.
  • Refined triplet design with two double thickness positive lenses, superior to Tessar design.
  • Round aperture for smooth and pleasing bokeh (Edmund Optics, Made in USA)
  • Minimum focus distance 0.8m.
  • ALL glass surfaces multicoated, 97% light transmission.
  • Vivid, real and beautiful color reproduction, high contrast high resolution images.
The samples below are taken by Luca A. on the NEX-5 and the MS Super Triplet Perar 35mm wide open at f3.5.

sony nex ms optical super triplet perar 35mm leica

Below is A 100% crop of the image above.

sony nex ms optical super triplet perar 35mm leica
sony nex ms optical super triplet perar 35mm leica
sony nex ms optical super triplet perar 35mm leica
sony nex ms optical super triplet perar 35mm leica
sony nex ms optical super triplet perar 35mm leicaThe MS Optical Super Triplet Perar 35mm f3.5 is limited to 200 pieces and is available for pre-order through Japan Exposures. The lens will start shipping on November 15, 2010.

A note: The aperture ring is different from other lenses in that it does not have click stops and it rotates when you focus the lens. This should not present any problems on Sony NEX Cameras.

Thanks Luca A!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Sony Memory Card File Rescue Service

Sony Memory Card File Rescue Service


We were browsing the Sony Europe support site for the NEX and saw the Sony Memory Card File Rescue Service as one of the software downloads. MCFileRescue.exe (approximately 13.7 MB) can help you recover lost or deleted data from your Sony brand memory card.

The "Memory Card File Rescue Service" is a service to recover data from various types of Sony Memory cards.

This software can be used on all Sony brand Memory Stick™ and SD Memory Card except:
  • Non-Sony brand Memory Stick™ and SD Memory Card
  • Memory Stick™ for AIBO® robot
  • Memory Stick ROM™ for electronic dictionaries or e-Book readers
  • PSP® brand Memory Stick™, Memory Stick PRO Duo™ or Memory Stick Micro™
This software supports recovery of JPG (DCF), MPEG-1, MPEG-4, MPEG-4 AVC file, and other types of files, except AVCHD files.

You will need the serial number or downloading code from the back of your Sony Memory card in order to download the Sony Memory Card File Rescue software.

NEX Firmware 03 US Version Available Finally!

The Sony eSupport site for US and Canada finally released the Version 03 firmware for the NEX cameras and the LA-EA1 Alpha lens adapter. The links below provide instructions, firmware download, and warnings. Please read the instructions carefully before installing Firmware Ver. 03 on your Sony NEX camera.

NEX-5 Firmware Version 03 for Windows
http://esupport.sony.com/US/perl/swu-download.pl?mdl=NEX5&upd_id=6191&os_id=7

NEX-5 Firmware Version 03 for Mac
http://esupport.sony.com/US/perl/swu-download.pl?mdl=NEX5&upd_id=6201&os_id=50

NEX-3 Firmware Version 03 for Windows
http://esupport.sony.com/US/perl/swu-download.pl?mdl=NEX3&upd_id=6186&os_id=7

NEX-3 Firmware Version 03 for Mac
http://esupport.sony.com/US/perl/swu-download.pl?mdl=NEX3&upd_id=6192&os_id=50

LA-EA1 Firmware Version 02 for Windows
http://esupport.sony.com/US/perl/swu-download.pl?mdl=LAEA1&upd_id=6190&os_id=7

LA-EA1 Firmware Version 02 for Mac
http://esupport.sony.com/US/perl/swu-download.pl?mdl=LAEA1&upd_id=6193&os_id=50

Thanks Sony eSupport!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Sony SSM and SAM Lenses Tested on NEX

albnok went down to the local Sony Style store armed with the NEX-5, LA-EA1 Alpha Lens Adapter, and Firmware Version 3.0. He tested out most of the compatible Sony Alpha lenses with the LA-EA1 adapter and NEX's new autofocus capability. Here are the videos to give us an idea of the NEX focusing Sony Alpha lenses in video mode.

Sony Alpha SSM Lenses with LA-EA1 Lens Adapter

List of Sony Alpha SSM Lenses Tested with LA-EA1 Lens Adapter
  • Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar 16-35 f/2.8
  • Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar 24-70 f/2.8
  • 70-200mm f/2.8
  • 70-300mm f/4-5.6 G
  • 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G
  • Focus range limited to 3m (minimum) via switch on lens:
    • 70-200
    • 70-300
    • 70-400

Sony Alpha SAM Lenses with LA-EA1 Lens Adapter

List of Sony Alpha SAM Lenses Tested with LA-EA1 Lens Adapter
  • 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
  • 28-75mm f/2.8
  • 30mm f/2.8 Macro
  • 50mm f/1.8
  • 55-200mm f/4-5.6
Thanks albnok!

Sony NEX-5 HDR by G. Sanz

Check out these great examples of auto HDR (high dynamic range) photos from the Sony NEX-5 taken by by G. Sanz aka gholz68.

G Sanz wrote:
Thanks for posting. Some of the images were taken with multi exposure shots using the auto bracket features of the camera. Some are taken from 5 exposures manually. HDR in photomatix and post processed in Photoshop. I'm using a tripod for my HDR shots and a 18-55 kit lense.

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sony nex hdr high dynamic range
sony nex hdr high dynamic range
sony nex hdr high dynamic range
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sony nex hdr high dynamic range
sony nex hdr high dynamic range

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Sony NEX and Steadicam Merlin

NEX-VG10 on Steadicam Merlin by cheesuwen

cheesuwen writes:
The arrival of the NEX10 with its weight is just perfect for the Merlin. With a LitePanels MicroPro on it, it weighs just slightly above 1.3kg. A weight I can sustain without the help of the Steadicam Arm and Vest.

sony nex tiffen steadicam merlin

Here are a couple of videos from eiji1783 using the Sony NEX-5 with the Tiffen Steadicam Merlin. It's amazing how steady the videos look while he's chasing kids at play.



Saturday, October 16, 2010

Sony NEX Pinhole Camera Lens Cap

If you want to try pinhole photography in the digital form, Skink has pinhole lens caps for the Sony NEX E-mount system. They have a Pro and a Starter kit shown below.

sony nex pinhole camera lensSkink Pinhole Pancake Pro Kit:
  • Skink Pinhole Pancake
  • ready to use, installed in adapter for Sony Alpha NEX
  • Pinhole Aperture 0.2mm
  • Zone Plate "medium glow" f/39
  • Zone Sieve "impressionist" f/64
sony nex pinhole camera lensSkink Pinhole Pancake Starter Kit:
  • Skink Pinhole Pancake
  • ready to use, installed in adapter for Sony Alpha NEX
  • Pinhole Aperture 0.2mm

Here are some pinhole images taken with the Sony NEX system.

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sony nex pinhole camera lens
sony nex pinhole camera lens
sony nex pinhole camera lensThe Skink pinhole lens cap for the Sony NEX makes for an extremely portable system. Skink pinhole lens caps are available through eBay auctions.

sony nex pinhole camera lens

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Sony NEX Linux Source Codes


We are not Linux savvy so we have no idea what these do and how we can use them. Hopefully someone out there can help us.

Here are the Linux Packages that are available for download:
  • linux-kernel.tar.gz
  • sony-target-dev-procps-3.2.7-040501.src.rpm
  • sony-target-srel-busybox-1.4.2-040502di2.src.rpm
  • sony-target-srel-diffutils-2.8.1-040501.src.rpm
  • sony-target-srel-dosfstools-2.11-040501.src.rpm
  • sony-target-srel-e2fsprogs-1.40.4-040501.src.rpm
  • sony-target-srel-hostname-2.13-040501.src.rpm
  • sony-target-srel-lrzsz-0.12.20-040501.src.rpm
  • sony-target-srel-netbase-4.21-040501.src.rpm
  • sony-target-srel-pump-0.8.15-3.src.rpm
Download them through the Sony Source Code Distribution Service.

NEX LA-EA1 with 70-400 SSM Lens


Here's a video from glytle showing the NEX-3 with a Sony 70-400 G SSM Lens autofocusing with the LA-EA1 lens adapter with the new Firmware Version 03. It looks like locks focus at a decent speed.



Thanks glytle!

Sony Alpha NEX-5 vs SLT-A33 vs A700

sony alpha nex slt a33 a700 camera comparison

Let's see how the Sony NEX-5's bigger brother, the SLT-A33 with a Pellicle Mirror, stacks up against the NEX. Photos provided by King of the Beasts!

CombatantsSony Alpha NEX-5Sony Alpha SLT-A33
Number of effective pixels14.2 million pixels14.2 million pixels
CCD SensorAPS-C CMOS Sensor
1.5x Crop Factor
APS-C CMOS Sensor
1.5x Crop Factor
ISO Range200 - 12800100-25600
LensSony E-mount with Interchangeable lensesSony Alpha Mount / Minolta A
Image StabilizationIn LensSteady Shot Inside
Shutter Speed30s to 1/4000 with Bulb Mode30s to 1/4000 with Bulb Mode
Continuous Shooting Speed7 frames per sec.7 frames per sec.
LCDTiltable 3" Diagonal 921,600 PixelsTiltable 3" Diagonal 921,600 Pixels
Electronic ViewfinderNot yet, come on Sony! 0.46" Xtra Fine EVF (Electronic viewfinder) (1,440,000 pixels)
Video Resolution1920 x 1080 / 60i1920 x 1080 / 60i
Dimensions4.4 x 2.4 x 1.6 in.
(111 x 60 x 40 mm)
4.875 x 3.625 x 3.33 in (124.4 x 92 x 84.7 mm)
WeightApprox. 10.1 oz (287g) (w/battery & media)Approx. 17.35 oz (492g) (w/battery & media)
Price$699 with 18-55 OSS Lens
$749 with 18-55 Lens



sony alpha nex slt a33 a700 camera comparison
sony alpha nex slt a33 a700 camera comparison
sony alpha nex slt a33 a700 camera comparison
sony alpha nex slt a33 a700 camera comparison
sony alpha nex slt a33 a700 camera comparison
sony alpha nex slt a33 a700 camera comparison
sony alpha nex slt a33 a700 camera comparison
sony alpha nex slt a33 a700 camera comparison
sony alpha nex slt a33 a700 camera comparison

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Thanks King of The Beasts!