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Jacob D
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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · NEX in the Sierras


I was going to share these on the NEX images thread, but didn't want to bogart a whole page there.
These are from a short backpacking trip with my family. Taken mostly with the 5N + CV 21/1.8 and, a few with the CV 15 and 40... I'm too far into the beer to sort them out right now.

I've had the CV 21/1.8 for a while now, and I'm not completely convinced it's a "great" lens on the NEX, although it's very good and probably my most used lens now since I jive with the 35mm focal length. I just don't see the resolution out of it that I expected to, *although* I have mostly been using it on an inexpensive helicoid adapter (the "L.M.E" branded one), which admittedly is a bad way to judge a lens. That adapter has also caused me some trouble with critical focus compared to my Voigtlander adapter, so the jury is still out. One of these days I'm going to do a little shoot out against my rarely used Sigma 19 and see how the two lenses compare. Until then...


1. At Saddlebag Lake "Resort" pre-hike







2. The family, getting moving. Saddlebag Lake behind, Mt. Dana in the distance.







3. The kids, still smiling. Lake Helen behind.







4. Lake Helen a moment later. Ever changing light, different processing.







5. Windy vista at Shamrock Lake.







6. A nice view heading towards Steelhead Lake. Shepherd crest in the distance.







7. An alpine meadow.








8. Mountain Spiraea







9. White Mountain Heather







10. Camping near Wasco Lake.







11. North Peak







12. Beer Time!







13. Russian River Consecration. Soury sweet nectar!







14. Happy Campers.







15. Cheers!








(edit to fix a typo... blame it on the beer)

Edited on Jul 14, 2013 at 04:21 AM · View previous versions



Jul 14, 2013 at 02:55 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · NEX in the Sierras


fantastic shots!

my favorites are #6, 9, 11, and 12. i'd love to see #5 larger too.

regarding the LME adapter, i've found that it can sometimes shift after i've focused as well as induce some tilt. not sure how much better the current hawk's verson is. i recently got the original (tabless) hawk's adapter and it doesn't feel much more stable, i'll have to do an actual test of it at some point though...



Jul 14, 2013 at 03:21 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · NEX in the Sierras


I like #2, 7, 8, 9, 11, #13 looks cool too

about the adapter...I have got a hawk's version from a friend who gave up using CV lens on NEX, but so far I don't have a M mount lens ( I want a CV 35 1.2 V2 ). I have recently seen a much cheaper helicord adapter from China and it looks exactly the same as the hawk's adapter but is much cheaper.



Jul 14, 2013 at 03:53 AM
Jacob D
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · NEX in the Sierras


Thanks guys. The main issue I'm having with the adapter is when in the -not-extended position (normal shooting) it sometimes extends a very small amount as I focus the lens, which is obviously not good, and can be frustrating when trying to find focus. I do notice a little play perpendicular to the lens axis when extended (close up use) which is something I was prepared to deal with based on other users' experience. This is less of a concern for me. I'm now in the habit of checking that the adapter is fully retracted before I take a shot... every time :/

If there was a mechanism to lock it in place for either position this wouldn't be an issue. I might try a Hawk's, but it would have to be the original tabless. I don't think I want to gamble with another inexpensive adapter, even though other versions may be identical. The Hawk's seems to get the most praise.

Anyway, there are a few other photos in this set. A couple of them show the problem I have focusing sometimes. http://www.flickr.com/photos/jdinardi/sets/72157634629907170/



Jul 14, 2013 at 04:26 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · NEX in the Sierras


Love 1, 3, and 12.


Jul 14, 2013 at 03:48 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · NEX in the Sierras


I might try a Hawk's, but it would have to be the original tabless

Why? I THINK mine is the V2. I just know the tab is not good when the camera is resting on a flat surface.



Jul 14, 2013 at 04:14 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · NEX in the Sierras


Great series! My favorites are #10 and #14


Jul 14, 2013 at 04:42 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · NEX in the Sierras


Nice images. I take my 5N around the Sierras/Tahoe as well. IMO the NEX's biggest advantage over other MILC's is its extreme low weight, both body and lenses.


Jul 14, 2013 at 05:07 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · NEX in the Sierras


Great shots - thanks for sharing. Love hiking/backpacking myself, so these are home run.


Jul 14, 2013 at 05:10 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · NEX in the Sierras


Nice set, Jacob!


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Jacob D
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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · NEX in the Sierras


Thanks everyone.

Yes, the NEX offers a nice light and small package. I think some of the m4/3 systems are comparable but I've been happy with my 5N and CV lenses. A year or two ago I made a lengthy post on my blog as why I preferred the NEX as a backpacking camera. My kit has changed and gotten heavier since then (so I have a blog update coming) due to selling of my 5D. Since I no longer had dedicated systems for fast glass and small slower lenses it was sort of inevitable that I'd have to make some compromises, or just buy more lenses

I ended up with this:

5N
CV 15/4.5 (LTM)
CV 40/1.4
CV 21/1.8
CV 90/3.5

Still not too big or heavy of a kit. I've been leaving the 90 at home more often since I rarely use it, which is a shame since it's such a nice little lens. The 21 is my new go-to lens, the 15 is reliable and I love the compactness, but the 40 is still my overall favorite.



Jul 15, 2013 at 06:12 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · NEX in the Sierras


I like all your picture, I think some of them, mostly 2-7 would benefit
from a better post-processing. Sky, clouds, haze, all those things could be greatly improved IMO.
But nice shots

Andrew



Jul 15, 2013 at 09:31 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · NEX in the Sierras


snowboarder wrote:
I like all your picture, I think some of them, mostly 2-7 would benefit
from a better post-processing. Sky, clouds, haze, all those things could be greatly improved IMO.
But nice shots

Andrew


Thanks Andrew. I'm always up for learning something new, if you have time, and you'd like to grab one or two of them and make some suggested edits I'm all for it.



Jul 15, 2013 at 10:22 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · NEX in the Sierras


These look great! Too bad to hear the 21/1.8 isn't stellar: I was hoping that if a FF NEX came out, that might be a really good pairing.


Jul 15, 2013 at 11:41 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · NEX in the Sierras


#11 is amazing.


Jul 16, 2013 at 12:01 AM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · NEX in the Sierras


Lovely set Jacob. What a gorgeous place. Thanks.


Jul 16, 2013 at 12:56 AM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · NEX in the Sierras


Good stuff in here, Jacob. 1 and 14 are standouts for me.


Jul 16, 2013 at 04:57 AM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · NEX in the Sierras


Jacob D wrote:
Thanks Andrew. I'm always up for learning something new, if you have time, and you'd like to grab one or two of them and make some suggested edits I'm all for it.



Jacob, send me 4. or 6. RAW file and I will try to show you what I think can be done.
PM me



Jul 16, 2013 at 04:11 PM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · NEX in the Sierras


Must have been a fantastic hike! No bears?
Thanks for sharing these wonderfull images!

Hopefully your VC 21 will be better on the upcoming FF NEX. All uncertain though.



Jul 16, 2013 at 05:46 PM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · NEX in the Sierras


Thanks again for the kind words.

It is indeed a gorgeous place. Part of the Sierra High Route skirts along (and above) the area we were hiking, which is already above 10,000 ft. elevation. It's amazing that the trailhead here is only a 10 minute drive down a well maintained dirt road, the feeling of being somewhere far away sets in almost immediately once the hiking begins.

alwang wrote:
These look great! Too bad to hear the 21/1.8 isn't stellar: I was hoping that if a FF NEX came out, that might be a really good pairing.

Hey, Al. Don't discount it yet, I really need to get the lens on my Voigtlander adapter and do a little controlled shooting before I pass final judgement. Ron Scheffler covered it way better than I'll ever be able to on his blog.



Jul 16, 2013 at 06:16 PM
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