Showing posts from October, 2010

Sony NEX VCLECF1 Fisheye Conversion and Italy

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

Thanks AFphoto!

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.

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

Blake Lively from the Scream Awards 2010
Thanks justjared.

Sony NEX American Photo Editors Choice Award Winner

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

Of the hundreds of products released this year, these are the ones that matter most, the true innovations in the field. By Jonathan Barkey Posted October 12, 2010
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 (Interchang…

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

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.

Super Triplet Perar Lens Extended on the NEX-5.

Super Triplet Perar Lens Collapsed.

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 beautifu…

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 CardMemory Stick™ for AIBO® robotMemory Stick ROM™ for electronic dictionaries or e-Book readersPSP® 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.

The Fastest Memory Card for the NEX. 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

NEX-5 Firmware Version 03 for Mac

NEX-3 Firmware Version 03 for Windows

NEX-3 Firmware Version 03 for Mac

LA-EA1 Firmware Version 02 for Windows

LA-EA1 Firmware Version 02 for Mac…

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 AdapterList 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
Sony Alpha SAM Lenses with LA-EA1 Lens AdapterList of Sony Alpha SAM Lenses Tested with LA-EA1 Lens Adapter
18-55mm f/3.5-5.628-75mm f/2.830mm f/2.8 Macro50mm f/1.855-200mm 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.

Sony NEX and Steadicam Merlin

NEX-VG10 on Steadicam Merlin by cheesuwencheesuwen 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.

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.

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.

Skink Pinhole Pancake Pro Kit:
Skink Pinhole Pancakeready to use, installed in adapter for Sony Alpha NEX
Pinhole Aperture 0.2mmZone Plate "medium glow" f/39Zone Sieve "impressionist" f/64Skink Pinhole Pancake Starter Kit:
Skink Pinhole Pancakeready to use, installed in adapter for Sony Alpha NEX
Pinhole Aperture 0.2mm
Here are some pinhole images taken with the Sony NEX system.

The 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 Linux Source Codes

image from West Light Images

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.gzsony-target-dev-procps-3.2.7-040501.src.rpmsony-target-srel-busybox-1.4.2-040502di2.src.rpmsony-target-srel-diffutils-2.8.1-040501.src.rpmsony-target-srel-dosfstools-2.11-040501.src.rpmsony-target-srel-e2fsprogs-1.40.4-040501.src.rpmsony-target-srel-hostname-2.13-040501.src.rpmsony-target-srel-lrzsz-0.12.20-040501.src.rpmsony-target-srel-netbase-4.21-040501.src.rpmsony-target-srel-pump-0.8.15-3.src.rpmDownload 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

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 pixelsCCD SensorAPS-C CMOS Sensor
1.5x Crop Factor
1.5x Crop Factor
ISO Range200 - 12800100-25600LensSony 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 ModeContinuous Shooting Speed7 frames per sec.7 frames per sec.LCDTiltable 3" Diagonal 921,600 PixelsTiltable 3" Diagonal 921,600 PixelsElectronic ViewfinderNot yet, come on Sony! 0.46" Xtra Fine EVF (Electronic viewfinder) (1,440,000 pixels)Video Resolution1920 x 1080 / 60i1920 x 1080 / 60iDimensions4.4 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 & me…