Thursday, January 27, 2011


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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