Thursday, February 24, 2011

Sony NEX-5 iPhone Remote Shutter App



bikr posted a proof of concept for Apple for the upcoming Sony NEX-5 remote shutter release app for the Apple iPhone.

The App sends the Sony NEX-5 an IR signal through a transmitter connected to the iPhone. Two shutter release signals can be sent, immediate release and with a 2 second delay. The Sony NEX-5 remote below has the same capability.

sony nex apple iphone app remote

The Sony NEX-5 iPhone Remote Shutter App should also be able to control other Sony Alpha cameras with IR receivers. The NexRemote App will be in the iPhone App Store soon.

A suggestion would be to make it an intervalometer App for time lapse photography.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Sony NEX Shift Lens via Micro Four Thirds

Here's a way to get perspective control on the Sony NEX. We can use a Micro Four Thirds to Sony NEX E-mount Lens Adapter to connect the Fotodiox Shift Adapter shown below. The shift adapter comes in many different mounts which accept Minolta SR, Leica R, Nikon, or Canon.

sony nex tilt shift lens micro four thirds
sony nex tilt shift lens micro four thirds


Here's an example of the perspective control possible with a shift lens. This is the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Photo by Gerald.D.
sony nex tilt shift lens micro four thirds


Another option would be to use a Nikon to a Sony NEX E-mount lens adapter and a Nikon PC-E lens. Canon also makes a tilt shift lens and you can use a Canon to Sony NEX E-mount lens adapter.

sony nex tilt shift lens micro four thirds
sony nex tilt shift lens micro four thirds

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Sony NEX Balloon Aerial Photography

sony nex balloon aerial photography

Berkeley Art Museum from a NEX-5 and a Balloon



Michael L. took out the Sony NEX-5, a helium weather balloon, and 700 ft of dacron tethers to capture some images of the University of California, Berkeley Campus, from up above.

More sample photos from M.L.:
sony nex balloon aerial photography

sony nex balloon aerial photography

sony nex balloon aerial photography

M.L. his weather balloon and the NEX-5



Read more about Michael L's experience with his NEX-5 and a balloon at the KAP Discussion page.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Upcoming Sony NEX E-mount Lenses

sony nex e-mount upcoming lenses

Can anyone translate this?


Here is the current schedule for upcoming E-mount lenses for the Sony NEX system from Sony Japan. It looks like we can expect the Sony 30mm (45mm FOV), 50mm (75mm FOV), and 55-200mm (82.5 - 300mm FOV) zoom lenses this year.

The one lens most people are waiting for will also be available soon, the Carl Zeiss 24mm lens is expected to be released this year. The CZ 24mm autofocus NEX lens will provide an equivalent field of view of 36mm, wide angle normal, on the APS-C sensor.

Three more lenses will be available in 2012. Hopefully someone can translate the image above so we can have more information on what they are.

All these E-mount lenses will be autofocus lenses.


Images from Akihabara News.
sony nex future lenses e-mount

E-mount: 24mm Zeiss and 50mm Sony Lenses



sony nex future lenses e-mount

E-mount: 50mm Sony and 55-200mm Sony Zoom Lenses



sony nex e-mount upcoming lenses

Sony NEX Lens Family

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Sony CP Plus Booth Video



Thanks to SpacePigTV and Akihabara News, we have a video of what the Sony CP Plus booth looks like. This is where all the good news for the Sony NEX is coming from.

Sony announced that four manufacturers will make E-mount lenses:
  • Carl Zeiss AG (we already knew that)
As an independent lens provider, Carl Zeiss welcomes the disclosure of the “E-mount” specifications by Sony. It helps manufacturer’s product development, benefits customers and therefore assists in establishing “E-mount” as a new, healthy and strong system on the market.
  • Cosina Co, Ltd
... is excited by the potential of Sony’s “E-mount” which enables to a large-size image sensor to be incorporated in a compact, interchangeable lens camera. We have high expectations for the “E-mount” with its aims to create a new photography culture, and express its assent to Sony’s decision to provide information related to “E-mount”.
  • Sigma Corporation
... fully supports Sony’s decision to disclose basic “E-mount” specifications. We believe this move will spur the further growth and diversification of camera system across the industry, provide photo enthusiasts with a wealth of choice and enrich in their photographic lifestyles.
  • Tamron Co., Ltd
... endorses Sony’s decision to disclose basic “E-mount” specifications. We aim to offer our customers new solutions and unprecedented photo-shooting enjoyment through the manufacture and sale of “E-mount” lenses.


sony nex sigma 30mm 2.8 lens

Sony NEX Sigma 30mm Lens Mockup

sony nex sigma 30mm e-mount lens

Here is a mockup of an autofocus Sigma 30mm f/2.8 lens for the Sony NEX E-mount. This will give us a normal field of view of 45mm on the NEX's APS-C sensor.

The lens is being shown in the Sony booth at CP+ (Camera and Photo Imaging) convention in Japan. The lens is nice and compact and should be reasonably priced since it is from Sigma.

Thanks Akihabara News!