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    Quote Originally Posted by barjohn View Post
    Lens was a Leica 40/2 cron.
    Nex needs Leica. Leica does not need Nex. There seems to be general consensus that the Nex sensor is darn good, but.........
    If Sony fixed the missing part they would have a winner. And if I had picked different numbers on my lottery ticket.....
    Now it's competing in the "almost made it" category.

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    If we all won the lottery we would all own Leica M9's with a full compliment of lenses. But............???????


    I am still extremely happy with my little "universal digital light box" (NEX5). It is nice to have one camera body that can use all my various make lenses. To me that and the extremely nice CMOS sensor is "everything" about this camera. It brought the fun back to photography for me.

    I am even getting simple with this little thing like as I did today .... used a Singh-Ray blue/gold polarizer and a reverse grad ND 3 stop filter for various beach shots. You'd think I had a Mamiya RB67 out there the way I am "gilding the lily" with this Think I am having fun or what?????
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    Re: Fun with the NEX cameras....

    I was wondering just how much better the Leica 40/2 was than the 18-55 kit lens. I shot a resolution target using a tripod with both lenses. I set the aperture to f5.6 on both and the kit to 40mm. Manual focus on both with several tries and selected best of each in raw and processed in LR 3. Everything was set to match and lens correction was applied to the kit lens and some vignetting correction to the Leica lens. Here is the comparison shot in the center, upper left corner and lower right corner.

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    Lower Right Corner



    The Leica resolves to about two steps further up the chart when I look on screen and is much better in the corners. Those two steps seem to be what makes a difference in images shot with both.
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    Re: Fun with the NEX cameras....

    Quote Originally Posted by retow View Post
    Nex needs Leica. Leica does not need Nex.
    NEX does not need Leica.

    Leica do not need NEX either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vivek View Post
    NEX does not need Leica.

    Leica do not need NEX either.
    My post was written in a certain context. And yes, lens wise, Nex seems to need Leica (or Contax, or other excellent optics). Otherwise the sensor's full potential remains unused. See Barjohn's excellent portrait, no way the kit lens could have pulled this.

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    Re: Fun with the NEX cameras....

    Exactly. NEX does not need Leica.

    Is John's lens a 40/2 Summicron or a 40/2 M-Rokkor?

    Whatever it is, it makes a very unflattering portrait lens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TEBnewyork View Post
    John

    Here is a slideshow and you can seen them (A900/NEX5) side by side.....

    http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/31...2010/slideshow
    GREAT SLIDESHOW.. NEX HOLDS UP VERY WELL...

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    one note: if you want to test lens sharpness you should probably turn off the lens profile corrections in lightroom as the distortion correction will actually reduce sharpness on the edges. i'm sure the cron will still do much better than the kit lens (as any decent prime longer than 35mm should at f/5.6).

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    One from today's walk..........


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    Firmware V3 is out NOW !
    Links are :

    Nex3: -> http://support.d-imaging.sony.co.jp/...010a.exe?fm=na
    Nex5: -> http://support.d-imaging.sony.co.jp/...010a.exe?fm=na
    Sony Alpha Adapter: -> http://support.d-imaging.sony.co.jp/...010a.exe?fm=na

    I tested the Nex5 Update and it works great ! Only the german translation sucks. But whatever

    Greets !

    Btw: Really nice pictures all of you have shown !

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    Re: Fun with the NEX cameras....

    Quote Originally Posted by barjohn View Post
    I was wondering just how much better the Leica 40/2 was than the 18-55 kit lens.
    Looking at the corner shots from the kit lens the upper left looks okay - the lower right looks dreadful - decentered? That kit lens is a good lens, and I think it performs better than that at f5.6.

    As for the relative sharpness of the NEX and X1 lenses . . . who cares - the IQ of both cameras is just fine, the purpose is surely completely different. . .

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    Re: Fun with the NEX cameras....

    I am having fun with my Sony NEX.
    NEX5, Kipon adapter, Contax Carl Zeiss 35 f/2


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    I used 3 weeks for a japanese trip my NEX5 + FD85L1.2.. and little by little I gave up because MF was like a pain compared to my 5DMKII..
    Results were almost acceptable, but without the new firmware I wouldn't recommend NEX5 .. and the zoom is really too weak compared to a samyang14F2.8+FD50F1.4+FD85L1.2 ..
    Just some various samples from this trip.



















    and Wales to finish



    I didn't try the new firmware.. but actually I won't recommend the NEX5 for travelling !!! MF is like a pain compare to MF with a 5DMKII and standard zoom is really to weak compared to MF lenses (Tokura, Canon FD, Samyang, etc etc)
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    Re: Fun with the NEX cameras....

    Quote Originally Posted by newworld666 View Post
    I used 3 weeks for a japanese trip my NEX5 + FD85L1.2.. and little by little I gave up because MF was like a pain compared to my 5DMKII..
    Results were almost acceptable, but without the new firmware I wouldn't recommend NEX5 .. and the zoom is really too weak compared to a samyang14F2.8+FD50F1.4+FD85L1.2 ..

    I didn't try the new firmware.. but actually I won't recommend the NEX5 for travelling !!! MF is like a pain compare to MF with a 5DMKII and standard zoom is really to weak compared to MF lenses (Tokura, Canon FD, Samyang, etc etc)
    Regardless of your disappointment with the camera, you certainly got some beautiful results with it! Very nice.

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    Re: Fun with the NEX cameras....

    Some days ago I had some fun with my Nex-5 + Contax Lenses on the -Blind Guardian- Concert in Duesseldorf/Germany.

    All pictures were taken wide open.
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    Re: Fun with the NEX cameras....

    Two from the Yosemite workshop. NEX5 + 18-200. I've taken very few shots with the NEX as I've been working on my technique with medium format.



    Rain shower over mono lake

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    Re: Fun with the NEX cameras....

    Quote Originally Posted by TEBnewyork View Post
    Two from the Yosemite workshop. NEX5 + 18-200. I've taken very few shots with the NEX as I've been working on my technique with medium format.



    Rain shower over mono lake

    Lovely Terry
    Looks like you have the weather for it too

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    Re: Fun with the NEX cameras....

    Very nice Terry ..... Is your medium format with a digital back or are you using film?

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    Re: Fun with the NEX cameras....

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim DE View Post
    Very nice Terry ..... Is your medium format with a digital back or are you using film?
    Thanks. It is digital.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fotoingo View Post
    Some days ago I had some fun with my Nex-5 + Contax Lenses on the -Blind Guardian- Concert in Duesseldorf/Germany.

    All pictures were taken wide open.
    Nice shots. I was pleasantly surprised how clean and good concert shots were with the NEX5 when I took it to a concert out here last month.
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    Nice Yosemite shots TEBnewyork. It looks like MF is working out well for you.
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    Very nice Terry .... Back in the late 60's early 70's medium format was my camera format of choice. Smoked a bunch of film through them, used them to finance college and beer, and loved them.

    Unfortunately, after college and Nam priorities changed. I got married and sold my medium format gear for the down payment on our first house. At the time it made sense ... A few years later I kicked myself for selling them.

    Been eye balling recently that Mamiya 645 digital though but being retired in this economy makes it tough to justify that kind of expendature for a hobby. I surely do not wish to turn photography back into work instead of just pure enjoyment. I am as happy using a camera today as I was in the early 60's picking up my first camera. Life is good this way!!! At least for me
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    Re: Fun with the NEX cameras....

    Nice, Terry. I really like the first shot with the golden Aspens.

    Ingo, Your concert photos with the Contax lenses are stunning .

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    I just received an old Vivitar macro TC2X made for Canon FD50F1.4, but I prefered to test it on a FD85L1.2 ..



    I would say, that the look is something like monstrous.
    I usually never do any macro pictures, but it was nice to discover such type of pictures after half of an hour of tests in the garden during a sad and rainy Saturday .....


    FullHD size by clicking on pictures ..













    Actually, even if I was a bit disappointed with using an NEX5 during my trip in Japan, It was really a great pleasure on a tripod with an orientable screen. I am not a real specialist of macro, but it was fun to discover my own garden like that.
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    Re: Fun with the NEX cameras....

    Those are nice shots 666 and the shots from your trip were really good. I would be worried about hanging that big lens off of the NEX mount. I'm not sure it is specked for that weight hanging on it.

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    Terry, I just did some more homework on medium format with digital backs ........ whew, they sure are not bashful at applying the prices! Camera and lens prices are high but not ridiculous considering how everything has jumped in prices. The digital backs are flat crazy in costs ...... one would have to have a very remarkable client base who has very deep pockets to justify the cost of a medium format body, lenses, and digital back. I added up the 645 Mamiya with a 80mm leaf and a Mamiya digital back ....... my first house cost less. One sure could not pay this setup off selling pictures to Arizona Highways

    You and the others on that workshop (which I will add, from the posted pics here on the forum are fantastic) must really like photography to pay those kind of prices ......... a Sinar 4x5 and color positive sheet film is still the value cost winner for IQ even today, IMO. Might be heavier and slower with less lens options but the price is right and within most peoples budgets and can do things that are difficult to accomplish with any other format.
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    Terry, Without a doubt the images from a 40+ or 65+ are awesome to say the least ..... I can see the draw to them. That is one "GAS" that for me will have to go unobtained .... I like a roof over my head and food on the table too much

    I truly wish you all the best on this move ...... I can't see you using a NEX or any smaller sensor camera much longer once you get used to that kind of IQ. Unbelievably awesome equipment!

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    A900 70-400 G



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    A900 Leica 80-200 f4, Gloucester, MA

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    Re: Fun with the NEX cameras....

    Quote Originally Posted by TEBnewyork View Post
    Two from the Yosemite workshop. NEX5 + 18-200. I've taken very few shots with the NEX as I've been working on my technique with medium format.

    Rain shower over mono lake
    Wow ! I wish we had canyons or parks like this in Europe / Germany....
    Nice work.

    Quote Originally Posted by Cindy Flood View Post
    Nice, Terry. I really like the first shot with the golden Aspens.

    Ingo, Your concert photos with the Contax lenses are stunning .
    Thx Cindy

    Quote Originally Posted by Cindy Flood View Post
    I am having fun with my Sony NEX.
    NEX5, Kipon adapter, Contax Carl Zeiss 35 f/2
    Nice looking ! Sun + Nature

    Quote Originally Posted by newworld666 View Post
    I used 3 weeks for a japanese trip my NEX5 + FD85L1.2.. and little by little I gave up because MF was like a pain compared to my 5DMKII..
    Results were almost acceptable, but without the new firmware I wouldn't recommend NEX5 .. and the zoom is really too weak compared to a samyang14F2.8+FD50F1.4+FD85L1.2 ..
    Just some various samples from this trip.

    and Wales to finish

    I didn't try the new firmware.. but actually I won't recommend the NEX5 for travelling !!! MF is like a pain compare to MF with a 5DMKII and standard zoom is really to weak compared to MF lenses (Tokura, Canon FD, Samyang, etc etc)
    Whatever you say, but your pictures are really great !

    The last 2 days I went on a short trip to the coast of the Netherlands.
    The weather changed quite often and it was windy as hell.
    But the sun and the break from work was really great !
    (+ I had some fun with my Nex )

    PS:You have to click the MF-pictures 3 times and the vertical pic 2 times to see them in original Size (= 900 pixel on the longer side)
    Last edited by fotoingo; 25th October 2010 at 17:07.

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    Well, Your collection is nice, amazing snaps shots. It's very clear, Please keep updating, I would like to come back here again. thanks !!!

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    A900 70-400 G



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    Very nice eyes.
    Thank you!

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    Just came back from Western Caribbean cruise. Shot several 100 pictures with NEX 5 (kit zoom, and Nokton 50mm f1.1), and A55 with Zeiss 16-80mm. Most pictures shot on Nov 1st on ship are are with NEX + Nokton. Nov 5th or with NEX kit zoom lens. All Beach shots are with A55 and Zeiss zoom.

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    A900 CZ 135/1.8 @ISO 320



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    I wonder if I have done this more than it really need
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    So I decided to keep saturation intact
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark K View Post
    I wonder if I have done this more than it really need
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    That lens really has nothing to be ashamed of. Quite good!

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    This is the inside of a plastic bucket we found on the beach at high tide.



    Those vertical things are critters.

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    Well, sorry for the slightly gross picture above.

    Here are more sedate images, taken on the same day. The lens used was a pedestrian Canon FD 28 2.8, which I am rather liking.






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    Ingo, very nice. I especially like the fence picture. And the kite. I fly them as well, but quite a bit smaller.

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    With 16mm pancake at f/ 2.8 you can get close:


    Otherwise you need to close it to f/8:


    Zeiss Biogon 25 f/2.8 (closed down slightly)


    Zeiss Sonar 50 f/1.5 (fully opened)

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    Beautiful pictures, Jerry, and enviable lens choice!

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    Thanks,
    I can't wait now to go out with 25mm (37mm at FF) closed down, use zone focusing and try street photo. ISO can be left high, as I want B&W.

    Anyone tried something like this?

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    Re: Fun with the NEX cameras....

    Jerry, These are beautiful.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry_R View Post
    With 16mm pancake at f/ 2.8 you can get close:


    Otherwise you need to close it to f/8:


    Zeiss Biogon 25 f/2.8 (closed down slightly)


    Zeiss Sonar 50 f/1.5 (fully opened)

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    NEX + Zeiss Sonnar 1,5/50 ZM (fully opened), ISO 800


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