NEX Images Thread
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camershy
Registered: Jul 21, 2009
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Is anyone using Zeiss ZE lens on their NEX-if so, what adapter would you recommend?



douglasf13
Registered: Apr 09, 2008
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Zeiss ZE lenses don't have an aperture ring, so using them on NEX will be a challenge. From what I understand, you can mount the lens on a Canon camera, set the aperture, and then remount on NEX and it will hold the aperture. Or, there is a adapter out there that has aperture blades built in,.but it doesn't seem that great from what I've seen.

Ultimately, you're better off with ZF, ZS, ZK or Contax C/Y.



ken.vs.ryu
Registered: Apr 24, 2005
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spot meter works with manual lenses. nice solid circle shows up.



camershy
Registered: Jul 21, 2009
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Thanks douglasf13
I have a couple of those too. jd



safcraft
Registered: Nov 30, 2010
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Country: Portugal

I've read a lot of post on NEX, and i ended with the feeling that it is possible to have brilliant lenses (MF) and decent size (NEX philosophy) in a normal/short telephoto range like 55mm to 90mm equivalent.
This means of course using 35mm to 58mm lenses + 1.6X APS-C factor.

So my main interest in the NEX is using it as a very small lightweight, with high quality lens in the 35-40mm (already converted). Oh...and preferably at least f2.8.

So do we have a 20mm to 25mm f2/2.8 small and lightweight lens that can be used on the NEX without corner color shifts or excessive loss of sharpness?

My lightweight standard is a Voigtlander 35mm f1.4 M mount with the corresponding 8mm adapter.
Canon mount adapter is so large that makes me avoid EF lens. Or FD.



douglasf13
Registered: Apr 09, 2008
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That is the big question. I've seen good reports of the ZM 25/2.8, but I haven't used it myself. The new Zeiss wide-angle coming out for NEX is rumored to be a 24mm f1.7, so it may be worth the wait.

p.s. the NEX sensor is a little bigger than Canon's APS-C sensor, so its crop factor is actually 1.5x



safcraft
Registered: Nov 30, 2010
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Country: Portugal

One should assume that a Zeiss 24mm f1.7 designed for the NEX is a compact one ?
With such a large aperture i am afraid we get a similar ZM 25/2.8 one...which is too big for my purposes.

What about the Zeiss Biogon 21mm F/2.8 Contax G?
Or better yet the Zeiss Biogon 28/2,8 Contax G , that is small !! I could live with a 42mm equivalent...



douglasf13
Registered: Apr 09, 2008
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Contax G 21mm won't mount on NEX. The 28mm has gotten some good reviews, but it does have some corner smear at some apertures, from what I understand.

This photo shows the size of the new NEX Zeiss (in black.) It is the same diameter, but a little shorter, than the NEX kit zoom (on the right.)



singletrack
Registered: Aug 13, 2010
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Country: Singapore

Some pics with the NEX 5 and Zeiss (CY mount) glass































Cheers

KL


camershy
Registered: Jul 21, 2009
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Country: United States

Great set KL. I especially like the blue glass building. What c/y lenses and adapter did you use? I want to try my c/y's on my nex 5 too.



singletrack
Registered: Aug 13, 2010
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Country: Singapore

Thx. Mainly 28 f2.8, 50 f1.7 and 135 f2.8.

I used the Rayqual adaptor - awesome build quality but pricey http://www.japanexposures.com/shop/product_info.php?cPath=41&products_id=394

Cheers

KL



safcraft
Registered: Nov 30, 2010
Total Posts: 542
Country: Portugal

Douglas,

I have read some posts at dprevirew from a guy that claims he successfully adapted the 21mm Biogon f2.8 Contax G to the NEX. He had to cut some of the mount, didn't specify how. However the lens exhibited color shift and mudge in the corners.

KL,
Your C/Y 28 f2.8 needs corner correction ? Or are the pictures straight OOC?
How is the sharpness compared to a Canon mount for instance?



Edgars Kalnins
Registered: Mar 09, 2007
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contax g 21mm can be mounted via metabones and kipon adapters - you have to cut off couple mm from the rear plastic shields. 28mm works fine. wide open has some color shift in corners, which goes away when closed down.



douglasf13
Registered: Apr 09, 2008
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Ah, yes, I forgot that you could cut off the some of the plastic shields to mount the 21mm.



akul
Registered: May 30, 2010
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Philber - That is quite an amazing detail !! Very powerful shot.

Akul



philber
Registered: May 21, 2008
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Thanks, Akul!



slungu
Registered: Jan 25, 2005
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Country: Germany

Very nice pictures in this thread - give an idea what is possible with the little NEX cameras.
I wanted to ask how you process the files. Coming from that ancient 1Ds I am surprised to see that raw files processed with the Sony software do not seem that sharp, at least not the ones from the CV 15/4.5 and ZM35/2. Portraits shot with the CV 90/3.5 look better. Still I was wondering if you sharped the files in post, since I never sharpened the 1Ds files I got from the 28 and 100 2.0 Zeisses. Is this something that has to be done with the high density sensors of today ?
Another thing I have to practice more is focusing the wides on infinity - does not seem to be that easy, I only got one picture right with the 15mm so far.

Regards, Stefan



douglasf13
Registered: Apr 09, 2008
Total Posts: 6261
Country: United States

If sharpness is your goal, I would avoid Sony IDC. If you don't want to spend money on the popular converters, try the free Raw Therapee or Raw Photo Processor, both of which give outstanding output.



philber
Registered: May 21, 2008
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Country: France

I use Lightroom V. 3.3. I tried the Sony software and found it disappointing.



sebboh
Registered: Nov 02, 2009
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Country: United States

i also use lightroom, but i apply sharpening for downsizing/printing with photoshop.

a shot with the vivitar 28/2 close focus lens.






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