I'm thinking about getting an NEX-5 but, since the Sony E-mount lenses are of no interest to me and there are not yet any Zeiss E-mount lenses, I'd sell the kit lens and use MF lenses until an appealing Zeiss lens is released.
However, I'm having a hard time figuring out how easy it is to use MF lenses on the NEX-5. I use the Panasonic G1's magnify feature all the time and am wondering if the NEX-5 is similar. I downloaded the NEX-5 manual and note that there's a Release w/o Lens setting which I imagine must be enabled in order to shoot with legacy lenses. But the manual it isn't much help in explaining how the soft keys might be used to implement the magnify feature. All the manual says is:
The soft keys have different roles, depending on the context.The assigned role (function) of each soft key is shown on the screen. To use the function shown at the upper right corner of the screen, press soft key A. To use the function shown at the lower right corner of the screen, press soft key B. To use the function shown at the center, press the center of the control wheel (soft key C).
I seem to recall reading somewhere that one has to press the bottom soft key (B) to trigger the magnified view -- is this correct?
In addition to wondering how it works, I'd also like to know how well it works. If the consensus is that it's as good as the Panasonic implementation, I'll probably buy an adapter and test the NEX-5/adapter/lens combo in a store before committing to a purchase.