Thursday, January 27, 2011


Sony NEX with Nikon 35/1.8 dx lens

This 35mm/1.8 Nikon lens is the DX G version without an aperture ring, as it's controlled electronically with the newer Nikon DSLRs. However, with this particular NEX to Nikon adapter, the "off-on" ring at the base of the lens opens and closes the aperture. Focusing and metering work well. Of course, focus is manual.

This lens is very light, so it matches up well with the light NEX body. The 35mm becomes an effective focal length of ~52mm (relative to 24x36mm film/FF), so it's a great focal length for normal use, as well as for casual portraits.

On the NEX to Nikon adapter, the "off-on" control for the aperture is a bit twitchy, but easy to figure out what approximate aperture you have set, based on the displayed shutter speed on the big LCD.
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Sony NEX with Nikon 43-86 zoom

Using a NEX to Nikon adapter from ebay, I'm able to use old Nikon SLR lens on the Sony NEX-5. This lens is one of the first Nikon zooms, a 43-86mm f3.5 zoom. This lens has noticeable distortion at the wide end of the zoom range when used on a film camera, but the low contrast, and minimal coatings are great for b/w images that glow like a Leica Summicron or Summilux lens.

The lens is only about 3" long in wide mode, but the hood, and the adapter, which extends the rear of the lens to the proper Nikon flange to film/sensor distance makes it a couple of inches longer. Focusing and aperture are manual, but metering (A mode, manual modes), focus assist, and everything else works great, once you get used to focusing on the NEX screen as opposed to a viewfinder.
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Sunday, January 23, 2011


Post Falls Dam

In Idaho. It flows down to the Spokane river. Unbelievable amount of water coming through this small dam. Taken with a Sony NEX 5 with Canon 28/2.8 LTM lens @ 1/400, ISO 200, ~f8.
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Thursday, January 13, 2011


kitty napping

Taken with a Sony NEX-5 with Jupiter-3 Sonnar type 50/1.5 lens with adapters. Exposure: ISO 800, f1.5, 1/40th.
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