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p.37 #1 · p.37 #1 · NEX Discussion Thread


I suppose that it is possible in theory that the NEX-6 and NEX-7 display technology is the same, but then why would they have better default settings on the NEX-6? Makes no sense, especially since the NEX-7 is still the higher-end product. Anyway, my impression of the NEX-7 EVF was that I slightly preferred the Olympus VF-2. My impression of the NEX-6 EVF was that I preferred it to the VF-2.


Jan 03, 2013 at 04:59 PM
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p.37 #2 · p.37 #2 · NEX Discussion Thread


carstenw wrote:
I suppose that it is possible in theory that the NEX-6 and NEX-7 display technology is the same, but then why would they have better default settings on the NEX-6? Makes no sense, especially since the NEX-7 is still the higher-end product. Anyway, my impression of the NEX-7 EVF was that I slightly preferred the Olympus VF-2. My impression of the NEX-6 EVF was that I preferred it to the VF-2.


the obvious answer to me is because they realized after the fact that they chose awful default settings for the 7. the 7's evf is an order of magnitude better after you take it off the default settings (the default settings might be pretty good in a studio setting though?).



Jan 03, 2013 at 05:12 PM
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p.37 #3 · p.37 #3 · NEX Discussion Thread


alba63 wrote:
The Nex viewfinder does not rival a good optical one, but it is very useable and gets the job done.



I feel the NEX EVF is superior to a good optical finder in several important ways (magnified view, focus peaking and in viewfinder live histogram).



Jan 03, 2013 at 05:25 PM
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p.37 #4 · p.37 #4 · NEX Discussion Thread


Thank you all. I will stroll by the local camera store and see if they have both the NEX-6 and the NEX-7 to try to make up my mind. The 5N viewfinder, as far as I know identical to the one built into the 7, works well but it is no great performer in less than optimal light. Refresh rate becomes ridiculously low and it gets really noisy in low light.

carstenw wrote:
What happened to your 5N?


My 5N was lost, probably broken and finally stolen (or "taken care of"):

I was holding the camera in my hand as I walked my kids to a public parking garage. To help the kids get in the car (one kid of four years and a two-year-old) I put it on top of the car and drove home. Two hours later I realized my mistake, went back there and walked along the streets all the way home with no sight of the camera.

I thought of my NEX as my "second camera" until recently when I realized that it is the camera that I use to take an overwhelming majority of the pictures I come home with. Since I got it, it's been with me every day. In my pocket or in my bag, it's there and it takes a beating and delivers great quality images.



Jan 03, 2013 at 06:53 PM
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p.37 #5 · p.37 #5 · NEX Discussion Thread


Article by Ming Thein on removing the UV, IR, and AA filters from a NEX-5:

http://blog.mingthein.com/2013/01/06/the-multispectral-nex/

Interesting read, but I don't know why after all the effort to do this mod, he didn't take at least one before/after photo. The b&w shots look nice, but it's hard to say that it's any different tonally than what I can get from an unmodified NEX-5N. Also, it would have been interesting to see if there really was any difference in resolution at the center with the AA removed (he already stated that resolution on the edges was worse)



Jan 08, 2013 at 01:57 PM
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p.37 #6 · p.37 #6 · NEX Discussion Thread


I've switched to the 6, but anyone with the 5 series might want to look at these triggers:

http://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/2-4-GHz-Next-Wireless-Flash-Trigger-For-Sony-NEX-Series-Works-with-NEX-5C-and/715476_670540805.html



Jan 10, 2013 at 01:28 PM
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p.37 #7 · p.37 #7 · NEX Discussion Thread


My first post on this thread and since you all are experienced Nex shooters
I would like to ask a couple of questions
I went to a Sony Store today and played with the NEX 6 and 7 and coming from a Nikon D700 I was a little uncomfortable looking through the EVF viewfinders Does it take some getting used to? It was in the store but I had trouble telling what was in focus and what wasn't Also the salesclerk said that every time you format the card it restarts the numbering sequence for the photos
With Nikon I am able to use continuous numbering and can tell total shutter count of the camera
Just a little confused but I worry a little whether I can get used to the EVF
Thanks in advance for any reply

Reagan




Jan 13, 2013 at 03:54 AM
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p.37 #8 · p.37 #8 · NEX Discussion Thread


Well, magnifying the image helps a lot. So does focus peaking....


Jan 13, 2013 at 06:32 AM
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p.37 #9 · p.37 #9 · NEX Discussion Thread


I don't understand this "numbering" statement from the salesman. My NEX pics go up to 9.999 and then start over.
Regarding the EVF, it is a different animal from a DSLR OVF, so it is not used the same way IMHO. With the Sony EVF you get focus peaking and magnification. They let you check critical focus to a greater degree than any EVF. That said, is it as pleasant as an EVF? Most people would say no, I guess. Just as many NEX shooters use the LCD more often than the EVF. Just find which use is best for you, rather than purely attempt to transpose DSLR shooting to NEX, is my suggestion. In my case, I prefer to use my NEX at waist level with the LCD tilted up which I look down into, but that's just me...
Hope this helps, and have fun!



Jan 13, 2013 at 06:39 AM
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p.37 #10 · p.37 #10 · NEX Discussion Thread


carstenw wrote:
I suppose that it is possible in theory that the NEX-6 and NEX-7 display technology is the same, but then why would they have better default settings on the NEX-6? Makes no sense, especially since the NEX-7 is still the higher-end product. Anyway, my impression of the NEX-7 EVF was that I slightly preferred the Olympus VF-2. My impression of the NEX-6 EVF was that I preferred it to the VF-2.


I went back to the Sony store and specifically tested the NEX-6 and NEX-7 viewfinders side by side, and the NEX-6 EVF is significantly better, primarily because it has a much higher refresh rate. The NEX-7 EVF couldn't keep up with people's legs while walking, and had a kind of strobe effect (not much light may have exacerbated this). The NEX-6 was fluid.



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p.37 #11 · p.37 #11 · NEX Discussion Thread


Reagan, there is a setting that sets file numbering to continuous till 99999 or restarts it. I leave it on continuous, and import by date.

Re: EVF, I found my 7's to be very close to what my 1DIII's OVF gave me, it only lacked dynamic range and resolution was somewhat less, but gave me magnification, peaking, histogram, level, and the ability to review pictures in bright conditions that typically wash out the lcd, which are all helpful to the process of taking accurately focused pictures, the minuses effected comfort not shooting ability, so they don't bother me much at all, I found the refresh rate to be fast enough that it wasn't annoying, unlike the Samsung NX's(no experience with the 200 or newer cameras.) which had lag.



Jan 13, 2013 at 09:49 AM
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p.37 #12 · p.37 #12 · NEX Discussion Thread


I found that it was pretty nice to have a viewfinder that would show me an approximate exposure, especially in low light conditions.


Jan 13, 2013 at 01:39 PM
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p.37 #13 · p.37 #13 · NEX Discussion Thread


If anyone's interested, here's a 35/1.8 oss review. The lens seems to perform very well at infinity focus.

http://matthewdurrphotography.com/2013/01/12/lens-review-sony-35mm-f1-8-oss/




Jan 14, 2013 at 01:16 AM
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p.37 #14 · p.37 #14 · NEX Discussion Thread


Sigma 19mm and 30mm for $199 at b&h
http://sonyalphanex.blogspot.com/2013/01/sigma-19mm-and-30mm-two-for-one-deal.html



Jan 18, 2013 at 04:03 PM
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p.37 #15 · p.37 #15 · NEX Discussion Thread


ken.vs.ryu wrote:
Sigma 19mm and 30mm for $199 at b&h
http://sonyalphanex.blogspot.com/2013/01/sigma-19mm-and-30mm-two-for-one-deal.html


Thanks so much for that! I bought both these when they came out at $200 a piece. I used them for a while and sold them both in mid $150 area and went to all older manual-focus lenses.

As I looked back at some pictures taken with my NEX-7 through 2012, I noticed most of my best shots came from those Sigma lenses. They are great lenses on a NEX system. I just put my order in for that deal (they are back-ordered currently but I'm patient). I will be happy to have those great lenses back.

If any of you don't own the Sigma pair, I highly recommend them for value/performance.



Jan 18, 2013 at 05:12 PM
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p.37 #16 · p.37 #16 · NEX Discussion Thread


Yes, me to! I have them both and they are very good. No need for the Sony 18 and the Sony Zeiss 24


Jan 18, 2013 at 05:24 PM
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p.37 #17 · p.37 #17 · NEX Discussion Thread


I am going along with an arts organization on a European tour in a non-photographic capacity, and the group has asked me to also be the official tour photographer. I will be shooting mainly post-performance gatherings, as well as taking publicity shots, some backstage images, etc.

I am trying to decide if my Nex-7 is the appropriate camera for this. I would need to buy or rent a 16-80 zoom I think, and use the LA-EA 2 adapter, because I won't be able to shoot in a leisurely manner at these events, and need at least relatively fast autofocus.

On the other hand, I could take my Nikon D600 which of course is a great camera for this, but again, I would need to buy (or rent) a zoom lens for it. I just hate the weight of the Nikon, though. I am definitely taking the Nex, anyway.

Is taking two cameras a good idea? (ugh, the weight....)

Taking the Nex alone has the advantage of lighter weight. The Sony/Zeiss 16-80 doesn't have stabilization on the Nex, though.
Nikon advantage is faster AF, and I could get a zoom lens with stabilization. With the Nikon it is harder to be unobtrusive.

Hmm, have to buy a flash, too.

I'd like to hear suggestions/thoughts from anyone.




Jan 27, 2013 at 05:13 PM
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p.37 #18 · p.37 #18 · NEX Discussion Thread


If you are thinking about zoom, so i guess you are not into shallow DOF stuff anyway, then why not Sony NEX zoom lens like 16-50, 18-55? They should be fine for take general stuff and adult portrait. A external flash for indoor, maybe, though i never use it and don't know how to effectively use it on NEX?
Unless you think 55-80 coverage is must, but you have 24M, crop should fine



Jan 27, 2013 at 05:41 PM
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p.37 #19 · p.37 #19 · NEX Discussion Thread


This summer i photographed an event using a nex-7, 18-55, external flash and some manual lenses.
It was a pain in the ass and the resultaing pictures werent good! When i did the same job the year before i used a 550d with kitlens and flash and results were much better.
The main reason was the lousy AF, so i would strongly advise against the use of e-mount lenses.
I think i would choose the d600, it is more responsive and will operate better with flash, the Nex-7 with an external flash doesn't balance well.



Jan 27, 2013 at 05:49 PM
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p.37 #20 · p.37 #20 · NEX Discussion Thread


I feel it really depend on the nature of the event. If it has lots of young guy and lot of dynamic,NEX will fail but might not be an issue for OP.
I took kit lens with me during trip to china and to the beach here at the time I still have NEX, doesn't feel it is that sloppy. I don't miss lots of shots. But it could be from my habit to using manual lens chasing my kids that know a thing or two to predict their movement and the timing of doing so

I am surprised to see how people can feel differently about the same thing




Jan 27, 2013 at 06:13 PM
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