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    Anyone tried the Sony NEX VCL-ECU1?

    The wide conversion lens from Sony for the 16mm lens.

    According to Sony:

    Increase your creative vision with a choice of ultra-wide angle and fisheye conversion lenses for your NEX-5/NEX-3 camera. Attaching in moments to the camera’s standard 16mm F2.8 ‘pancake’ lens, both convertors increase your field of view without compromising optical performance.
    Features VCL-ECU1

    * Adaptor for E16mm F2.8 pancake lens provides ultra-wide field of view
    * Sleek, high quality design
    * Easy-attach bayonet mechanism with lock for quick, secure fit
    * High definition optics for uncompromised imaging performance

    Please be aware that the features/specifications can differ from country to country.

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    Re: Anyone tried the Sony NEX VCL-ECU1?

    No but I do own the Fisheye and it's results when attached to my 16mm are far better than I expected from a aux lens.

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    Re: Anyone tried the Sony NEX VCL-ECU1?

    I believe that the wide conversion attachment has been delayed. I'm not sure that I've seen anyone comment on it, yet.

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    Re: Anyone tried the Sony NEX VCL-ECU1?

    Douglas, I recall seeing a post on another NEX forum from someone in Japan with pics posted from one back in late July or August. I could be wrong on this but I really think there was one.

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    Re: Anyone tried the Sony NEX VCL-ECU1?

    We have been unable to order them, they aren't available to even place a back-order on our usual ordering site.

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    Re: Anyone tried the Sony NEX VCL-ECU1?

    I am very curious because the triplet derivative, the 16/2.8 lens, already is struggling as is..

    .. what does "without compromising optical performance" means in Sonyspeak?

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    Re: Anyone tried the Sony NEX VCL-ECU1?

    Hi Vivek!

    If you want to make 16mm sharp across frame - you need to close it to f8.
    Otherwise - any glass or plastic you put in front of it - will reinforce already soft corners.

    http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=VCL-ECU1&w=all

    I found only 1 - quite sharp picture (already after downsizing), with the aircraft, taken at f/8...

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    Re: Anyone tried the Sony NEX VCL-ECU1?

    Hi Jerry, Thanks for the link.

    Sony clearly are lying when they claim "both convertors increase your field of view without compromising optical performance."

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    Re: Anyone tried the Sony NEX VCL-ECU1?

    Clear marketing.

    Also FYI - I tested NEX + Sigma 8-16m vs Lumix 7-14.
    I had to close Sigma to f/8 - f/11 to achieve sharpness of small Lumix, and even with NEX sensor it never gave more details than Lumix at f/4 - f/5.6.

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    Re: Anyone tried the Sony NEX VCL-ECU1?

    Do you mean to say that all marketing is a lie?

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    Re: Anyone tried the Sony NEX VCL-ECU1?

    Quote Originally Posted by Vivek View Post
    "both convertors increase your field of view without compromising optical performance."
    I think Sony is addressing most of their adverts to photo newbies. Probably coming from P&S area.

    With time - I stopped to believe in all we hear, for example when new camera or lens model is released.
    In words like - super hiper intelligent resolution, etc.
    In fact - no matter which producer is it!


    But must confess - all I saw and read about X100 - forced me to stop and think.
    If all they say will be delivered - I will open my pocket

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