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Widest Ultra-Wides for the NEX-5n & NEX-7 - Voigt 12 vs Sigma 8

Widest Ultra-Wides for the NEX-5n & NEX-7 - Voigt 12 vs Sigma 8 | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

"Sony's NEX cameras have a great deal going for them, especially the NEX-5n which is turning out to be one of the most popular new cameras of Q4 2011. But the widest E mount lenses available are 16mm, which on an APS-C sensor is the equivalent of 24mm. This is wide, but in many situations, not wide enough.

Fortunately NEX cameras have such a short lens-flange-to-sensor distance that virtually any lens ever made can be attached. Regular readers will know that I am something of a Leicaphile, and have a good collection of Leica M lenses. I also have a Sony A900 is my primary DSLR, and a full selection of Sony / Zeiss lenses. Since the new LA-EA2 adaptor allows any Sony Alpha mount lens to be attached while using phase detection autofocus, there is a wealth of really wide lenses available.

For this test I decided to look at two of the widest lenses available – the Cosina Voigtländer Ultra Wide-Heliar 12mm f/5.6 and the Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM. The Voigtländer is one of the widest rectalinear full frame lenses available, while the Sigma is the widest APS-C format lens focal length available. On a NEX-5n the Voigtländer becomes equivalent to an 18mm, while the Sigma at its widest focal length becomes equivalent to 12mm.

The 12mm Voigtländer sells for about $850, with an M to NEX adaptor costing an additional $50 to $250. The Sigma costs about $700 at retail, while the LA-EA2 adaptor costs another $400, for a total of $1,110. This makes them quite similar in price. The Sigma on the LA-EA2 is quite a bit larger and heavier, but has autofocus. The Voigtlander is more petite, but is manual focus only, and not a zoom.

The availability of autofocus may seem like a significant advantage for the Sigma, but in reality isn't so much. Lenses this wide have considerable depth of field at typical shooting distances, and so zone focusing is usually all it takes. More on this shortly.

Lets see how they each perform on the NEX-5n and how they compare with each other..."

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Sony NEX-7 high-end APS-C mirrorless camera first look

Sony NEX-7 high-end APS-C mirrorless camera first look | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

Sony has announced the much leaked NEX-7 enthusiast-targeted mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. It manages to squeeze vast amounts of the A77's capabilities into a body barely bigger than the existing NEX models. It packs a 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor and 2.4M dot OLED electronic viewfinder into its magnesium alloy body and yet still finds room for a pop-up flash and Alpha hot shoe. Working samples of the NEX-7 have not been made available to the press anywhere in the world, so we have not been able to prepare a hands-on preview. However, we have seen and handled an early pre-production unit and have interrogated Sony about its operation. We have used this to prepare an overview of the camera, which we will expand to a preview when cameras with functioning firmware are available.

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SLR Magic takes over the Noktor brand, shows a 28mm f/2.8 NEX lens prototype

SLR Magic takes over the Noktor brand, shows a 28mm f/2.8 NEX lens prototype | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
SLR Magic contacted me to clarify the recent reports about them taking over Noktor’s website which happened just few days after Noktor officially closed it down. Obviously the old Noktor company went out of business. SLR Magic will now design Noktor lenses and sell Noktor products under the SLR Magic brand. No specific plans were given for the future of the Noktor 50mm f/0.95 lens for Micro Four Thirds but SLR Magic representative confirmed that they are planing to continue the Noktor line with ultra fast lenses.

Next month SLR Magic will start shipping a new 28mm f/2.8 pancake lens for Sony NEX system.
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Sony NEX-C3 manual leak and 30mm macro lens for NEX leaked too!

Sony NEX-C3 manual leak and 30mm macro lens for NEX leaked too! | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
The czech manual of the NEX-C3 has been leaked…by Sony itself! On Sony czech website you will find username and password to download the NEX-C3 manual at the following link: http://sony.zstudio.cz/PERSONAL_VIDEO_FOTO-VIDEO/NEX-C3.

And the 30mm f/3.5 macro lens for NEX gets leaked to on Sony Service Canada (Check SonyAlphaRumors). And the lens gets a price on Camara.fr (259 Euro). Sounds like a Sony announcement is imminent!
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Sony E 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS review - Introduction - Lenstip.com

Sony E 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS review - Introduction - Lenstip.com | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
The NEX Sony system was launched in May 2010 making it the youngest mirrorless system so far. Because of that, the offer of system lenses is currently very modest – it consists of two devices, which have been already launched and one, which is scheduled to hit the shelves soon.
Such a limited choice of lenses means that these devices which are already available must satisfy very high requirements because they simply lack any system alternatives. In such a situation the quality of those few already on the market indicates the quality of the whole system to a considerable degree; it might also become the bottleneck.
This time we decided to have a closer look at the so-called „kit” lens so an instrument with the standard 18-55 mm focal lengths range and f/3.5-5.6 fastness, equipped with image stabilization. Lenses of that type are very popular among amateur photographers so it is worth knowing whether or not they can be satisfied with its performance....
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Sigma shows 30mm f/2.8 E-mount lens prototype

Sigma shows 30mm f/2.8 E-mount lens prototype | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
After Sigma endorsed Sony’s decision to let other manufacturers produce E-mount lenses, they showed their first prototype ...
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Sony to disclose E-mount specifications

Sony has officially confirmed it will be sharing 'basic specifications' of its E-mount for free to manufacturers of ...
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Sony Alpha NEX-7 hands-on preview

Sony Alpha NEX-7 hands-on preview | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

There are some cameras that we would be willing to use in a bind, some that we wouldn't hesitate to shoot with, and a very select few that would motivate a cross-country journey, just for the chance to spend a few days behind the lens. Sony's Alpha NEX-7 falls within that incredibly unique final category...

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Sony NEX C3 will come in three colors

Sony NEX C3 will come in three colors | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
The Sony NEX C3 mirrorless camera will come in three different colors: red, silver and black.
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NEX-C3 specs and future NEX lenses.

NEX-C3 specs and future NEX lenses. | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
And here is the (leaked) future of the NEX system! You already saw the pictures of the NEX-C3 and 30mm macro but now we also got the full detailed specs:

NEX-C3:
16 megapixel sensor,
surprise: 200-12800 ISO (where is the ISO 100?)
HD video recording (why no FullHD?)
25 AF
same 3inch LCD as the NEX-5
The camera will also have the new picture effects (the NEX-3 and NEX-5 will get them with a firmware update)
The battery life has been increased by 20% compared to the battery life of the NEX-5
Price $599

30mm f/3.5 macro
designed with 7 lens elements in 6 groups
one of them is an ED lens and three of them are aspherical
Minimum focusing distance is 10cm
filter size 49mm
weight 138g.
Price 249 Euro

There will be six more NEX lenses to come until 2012 (See picture on top)
A Sony portrait lens 50mm f/1.8
The 24mm f/1.7 Zeiss
The telephoto zoom lens (should be 55-200mm f/4-5.6)
A medium telephoto lens
The Sony G standard zoom
A Sony wide angle zoom.
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Sony NEX 7 to be released soon, no full frame NEX camera in sight

Sony NEX 7 to be released soon, no full frame NEX camera in sight | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
The information I received few days ago is that Sony will be releasing a new NEX 7 camera. Sony Japan already discontinued the NEX 3 model and NEX 7 is the next logical step. The new Sony NEX 7 is expected to have improved functionality across the line, no further details were provided. This is how the camera was described to me:

“When you look in front of the new Sony NEX 7 with the 24mm Zeiss mounted, the new camera looks like a twin of the Minolta Dimage A2 – a really small nice pro body.”

The source went further by saying that Sony currently is not working on a full frame NEX camera.


Read more on PhotoRumors.com: http://photorumors.com/2011/03/16/sony-nex-7-to-be-released-soon-no-full-frame-nex-camera-in-sight/#ixzz1Gq4UzgbK
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Sony E 16 mm f/2.8 review - Introduction - Lenstip.com

Sony E 16 mm f/2.8 review - Introduction - Lenstip.com | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
The youngest mirrorless system on the market – the Sony NEX- has only two lenses currently available for purchase, in its line-up. One of them is the Sony E 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS kit lens. Many people are also interested in the second option – the Sony E 16 mm f/2.8 “pancake”. Its small dimensions, attractive focal length and fastness are tempting – it seems such a good idea to put it on a NEX camera and create a lightweight set of good quality.
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Sony NEX (E-mount) roadmap

Sony NEX (E-mount) roadmap | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
The above NEX roadmap shows that Sony will be releasing new 24mm (Zeiss), 30mm, 50mm and 55-200mm lenses for their E-mount ...
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