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Sony NEX with 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.

Thanks Beryllium Inc!!

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-3 with Mitakon E28 Lens

Here are some samples of the E-mount Mitakon 28mm f/2.8 from the users of Please visit for the original photographers.

Find out more about the development of the E-mount Mitakon 28mm f/2.8 at

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.

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 EffectsToy 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 …

Sleeker Sony NEX-C3 with 16.2 MP Sensor

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.

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.

The rear screen seems to have the same tiltable mechanism. We wished they added flexibility to flip it to the side for vertical shots.

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.

The power switch of the NEX-C3 is now on the 2 o'clock to 3 o…

Mitakon Optics 28mm Lens for Sony NEX

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.

Thanks 皮叔 aka unclepi!

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!

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.

graffitilogic's NEX-5 Mounted on a Meade Telescope

Thanks graffitilogic!

Adjust Infinity Focus on NEX Lens Adapters

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

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.
Aperture = f/1.8

Aperture = 5.6

Crop of above

Aperture = f/1.8

Aperture = f/1.8

Aperture = f/1.8

Aperture = f/8

Thanks zackiedawg!

Sony NEX-3 with Minolta Auto Bellows III

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.

50mm MD Rokkor @f/16

50mm MD Rokkor @f/5.6

50mm MD Rokkor @f/1.4

Thank's FlickrDelusions!