Saturday, April 30, 2011

Sony NEX with Zeiss 50mm Makro Planar

sony nex zeiss 50mm makro planar

Sony NEX-5 with Zeiss 50mm Macro Lens



Berylliuminc was gracious enough to share some images from his NEX-5 and the Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro Planar ZF. The Zeiss 50 MP has a Nikon mount and a Novoflex Nikon to NEX E-mount adapter is used. This equates to a 75mm field of view for the NEX APS-C sensor.

Here are the NEX with Zeiss 50 Makro samples. The colors and drawing style is what you can expect from a Zeiss lens. These images were JPGs straight from the NEX-5 with no post processing. They were downsized to be posted here.

sony nex zeiss 50mm makro planar

sony nex zeiss 50mm makro planar

sony nex zeiss 50mm makro planar

sony nex zeiss 50mm makro planar

sony nex zeiss 50mm makro planar

sony nex zeiss 50mm makro planar

sony nex zeiss 50mm makro planar

Thanks Beryllium Inc!!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Mitakon 28mm E-mount Lens Samples

Here is more information on the Mitakon Optics 28mm f/2.8 E-mount lens. The lens uses a revolver type aperture system unlike the iris system most lenses use. The Mitakon E28 was initially sold for 518 Yuan, which converts to $80. The initial offering sold quickly.

sony nex mitakon 28mm e-mount lens

Sony NEX-3 with Mitakon E28 Lens


sony nex mitakon 28mm e-mount lens
sony nex mitakon 28mm e-mount lens
Here are some samples of the E-mount Mitakon 28mm f/2.8 from the users of xitek.com. Please visit xitek.com for the original photographers.

sony nex mitakon 28mm e-mount lens
sony nex mitakon 28mm e-mount lens
sony nex mitakon 28mm e-mount lens
sony nex mitakon 28mm e-mount lens
sony nex mitakon 28mm e-mount lens
sony nex mitakon 28mm e-mount lens
sony nex mitakon 28mm e-mount lens
sony nex mitakon 28mm e-mount lens
Find out more about the development of the E-mount Mitakon 28mm f/2.8 at xitek.com.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

NEX Firmware Version 04 Features

The manual for the newest firmware for the Sony NEX cameras is now available online. The firmware adds picture / filter effects and a manual focus aid.

sony nex firmware version 04 update

Newest Sony NEX Firmware Functions Provided



Here are the details of the newest firmware for the Sony NEX-3, NEX-C3, and the NEX-5.
  • Picture Effects
    • Toy Camera - Creates the look of a Toy Camera photo with shaded corners and pronounced colors.
    • Posterization (Color) - Creates a high contrast, abstract look by heavily emphasizing primary colors.
    • Posterization (B&W) - Creates a high contrast, abstract look in black and white.
    • Pop Color - Creates a vivid look by emphasizing color tones.
    • Retro Photo - Creates the look of an aged photo with sepia color tones and faded contrast.
    • Partial Color (Red, Green, Blue, or Yellow) - Creates an image which retains the color selected, but converts others to black and white.
    • High Key - Creates an image with the indicated atmosphere: bright, transparent, ethereal, tender, soft.
    • High Contrast Monochrome - Creates an image with high contrast in black and white.
  • Manual Focus Aid
    • Peaking Level (High, Medium, Low, Off) - Enhances the outline of in-focus ranges with a specific color in manual focus. This function allows you to confirm the focus easily.
    • Peaking Color (White, Red, or Yellow) - Sets the color used for the peaking function in manual focus.
    • sony nex focus peaking

    • For more information on Peaking and Manual Focus, see the Sony DSC-H5 review at dpreview.com. It's midway on the page with Blue as the peaking color. If it's Blue, it's in focus.


Here's a video of Focus Peaking on the Canon 550D. You can see the highlights across the keyboard as the focus ring is moved and the focus point is moved farther then closer.


The NEX Firmware Version 04 manual can be found here.
*FIXED*

***Download Sony NEX Firmware Version 04 Here***

Stay tuned for the new NEX firmware 04 download announcement.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Sleeker Sony NEX-C3 with 16.2 MP Sensor

sony nex 3c black front nex3c

New Sony NEX-C3 with New Flash



Here is the new Sony NEX-C3, the update to the NEX-3. The NEX-C3 uses the same 16.2 MP APS-C sensor (1.5x crop factor) as the Sony Alpha A580, Nikon D7000, Pentax K5. The NEX-5 and NEX-3 has a 14.2 MP APS-C sensor. The NEX-C3 image above shows a larger accessory flash than the NEX-3 kit.


sony nex 3c black rear nex3c


If the images are accurate and the rear lcd / screen is still 3" diagonal then the NEX-C3 is more compact than the NEX-3. The control wheel is now closer to the outer edge and the graphics for the shutter and flash modes are missing - customizable? The NEX-C3 rear buttons are now bars instead of the round buttons on the NEX-3.


sony nex 3c black screen nex3c
The rear screen seems to have the same tiltable mechanism. We wished they added flexibility to flip it to the side for vertical shots.


sony nex 3c silver nex3c


The microphones are now in the front of the C3 instead of on the top. The grip looks to be a bit bulkier and should provide better ergonomics.


sony nex 3c silver top nex3c
The power switch of the NEX-C3 is now on the 2 o'clock to 3 o'clock position instead of the 6 o'clock position of the NEX-3. This will make it harder to accidentally turn the switch when the camera is inside your pocket or a bag.

Below is the NEX-3 for comparison. We do not know the price of the NEX-C3 yet but the NEX-3 is still available for $549 with the 18-55 OSS lens.


sony nex-3 red with flash discontinued
sony nex-3 black back


Update: We had a glimpse at the instruction manual and posted more details about the Sony NEX-C3.

Mitakon Optics 28mm Lens for Sony NEX

sony nex mitakon optics 28mm e-mount

Sony E 18-55mm and the Mitakon 28mm E-mount



Samples from the Mitakon 28mm f/2.8 E-mount can be found here.

Here is an interesting lens posted by 皮叔 aka unclepi. It is a Mitakon Optics 28mm f/2.8 in native Sony E-mount. It is a manual focus lens. The lens is small, very similar to the Sony 16mm E-mount SEL16F28 and shares the same maximum aperture of 2.8. This should be an inexpensive compact solution for an equivalent 42mm focal length perspective.

We do not have any details on pricing or performance. Mitakon Optics is a lens maker from China. It is nice to see another lens maker join the E-mount system.

sony nex mitakon optics 28mm e-mount

sony nex mitakon optics 28mm e-mount

sony nex mitakon optics 28mm e-mount


Thanks 皮叔 aka unclepi!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Sony NEX-VG10 Lightning and Perfect Music



Great music selection by moorejem makes lightning clouds worthwile to watch. This was shot with the NEX-VG10 at 37,000 feet. The music is "The Pulse of This Skyline With Lightning Like Nerves" by Slow Six.

Thanks moorejem!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Sony NEX-5 the Moon and a Meade ETX-125AT



Here is the moon shot with the Sony NEX-5 and the Meade ETX-125AT Maktusov-Cassegrain Telescope at prime focus. graffitilogic used a T adapter to mount the NEX-5 to the Meade telescope.

sony nex meade telescop 125

graffitilogic's NEX-5 Mounted on a Meade Telescope



sony nex-5 meade telescope


Thanks graffitilogic!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Adjust Infinity Focus on NEX Lens Adapters

sony NEX lens Adapter Adjust Infinity


Here is a generic Leica M to Sony NEX E-mount lens adapter. The adapter allows for infinity focus but it occurs before the infinity mark. We wanted to get closer to the infinity mark so we took off the (4) screws that attach the silver part to the black part. We used a precision slotted screwdriver and made sure not to strip the very tiny screws.




We used pieces of aluminum foil to add thickness to the adapter. This will get the Leica M lens farther away from the Sony NEX sensor and infinity focus should be closer to the infinity mark on the lens. If the foil is too thick, the lens will be too far away and infinity focus may not be achieved.

Reassemble the adapter and test the lens for infinity focus.

Sony NEX-3 with Konica Hexanon 40mm 1.8

sony nex konica hexanon 40mm pancake

sony nex konica hexanon 40mm pancake

sony nex konica hexanon 40mm pancake

Konica Hexanon AR (AutoReflex) 40 mm / F1.8



zackiedawg shows us his Sony NEX-3 with a Konica Hexanon AR 40mm f/1.8. This is considered a pancake lens but with the Konica Hexanon AR to Sony E-mount lens adapter being almost as big as the lens, the term pancake is negated. It is still a lightweight solution for a 60mm equivalent low light lens on the NEX.

Here are some sample photos by zackiedawg of the NEX and the Hexanon AR 40mm at various apertures.

sony nex konica hexanon 40mm pancake

Aperture = f/1.8



sony nex konica hexanon 40mm pancake

Aperture = 5.6



sony nex konica hexanon 40mm pancake

Crop of above



sony nex konica hexanon 40mm pancake

Aperture = f/1.8



sony nex konica hexanon 40mm pancake

Aperture = f/1.8



sony nex konica hexanon 40mm pancake

Aperture = f/1.8



sony nex konica hexanon 40mm pancake

Aperture = f/8



Thanks zackiedawg!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Sony NEX-3 with Minolta Auto Bellows III

sony nex-3 minolta autobellows iii macro

sony nex-3 minolta autobellows iii macro

Sony NEX-3 with Minolta Bellows III and Minolta 50mm f/1.4 MD Rokkor



FlickrDelusion wanted to get large with his NEX-3. What better way than to use a bellows system for macro pictures. Luckily he had a Minolta Bellows III and a Minolta 50mm f/1.4 Rokkor MD at hand. A Minolta MD to Sony NEX E-mount lens adapter and he had linked the past to the present. Here are some samples of the NEX-3, the Minolta Auto Bellows III, and the Minolta 50mm at different apertures.


sony nex-3 minolta autobellows iii macro

50mm MD Rokkor @f/16



sony nex-3 minolta autobellows iii macro

50mm MD Rokkor @f/5.6



sony nex-3 minolta autobellows iii macro

50mm MD Rokkor @f/1.4



Thank's FlickrDelusions!