Showing posts with label NEX-VG10. Show all posts
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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Sony NEX E-mount Lens Roadmap 2013-2015

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Sony NEX Lens Roadmap for 2013 and Beyond

Along with the introduction of the new full frame e-mount cameras, A7 and A7r, Sony updated the lens roadmap for 2013 and beyond. There are at least 15 full frame e-mount lenses coming by 2015. The first five lenses announced are
  • Sont FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS SEL2870
    • Kit Lens for the Sony A7 Bundle
    • EFOV of 42-105mm on NEX APS-C cameras
  • Carl Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 FE Sonnar ZA SEL35F28Z $798
    • EFOV of 52mm on NEX APS-C cameras
  • Carl Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 FE Sonnar ZA SEL55F18Z $998
    • EFOV of 82mm on NEX APS-C cameras
  • Carl Zeiss 24-70mm f/4 FE Vario-Tessar ZA OSS SEL2470FZ $1198
    • EFOV of 36-105mm on NEX APS-C cameras. As a NEX-7 user this is the most appealing one.
  • Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS SEL70200G
    • EFOV of 105-300mm on NEX APS-C cameras
The first four will be available this year, they are pictured below. The Sony G zoom will be the 1st of six for 2014 and at least five more lenses will be released in 2015. These lenses are compatible with all E-mount cameras include the NEX, VG Camcorders, and FS Camcorder which means Autofocus, auto-aperture, and image stabilization (lens dependent).
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Sony A7r with the Zeiss 35mm Sonnar For Size Reference


Carl Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 Sonnar SEL35F28Z


Carl Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 Sonnar SEL55F18Z


Carl Zeiss FE 24-70mm f/4 Vario Tessar ZA OSS

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Available E-mount Lenses from Sony and Zeiss

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Sony NEX Camcorder Manuals PDF Download

Here are the owner's, instruction, or operator's manual for the Sony NEX-VG10, NEX-VG20, and NEX-FS100 Handycam Camcorders. The user guides below should be read by owners and perspective owners.

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Sony NEX-VG20 Handycam Camcorder

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Sony NEX-FS100 Super 35 Digital Motion Camcorder

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Sony NEX-VG10 Handycam Camcorder

We are using Dropbox to host the NEX manuals for free. Click here for an invite.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Zeiss babyPrimes for Sony NEX E-mount

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Zeiss babyPrimes for Sony NEX E-mount

KelvinKamera in collaboration with Carl Zeiss AG will be producing Zeiss babyPrime lenses. babyPrimes are Zeiss ZF.2 lenses rehoused with a cinematographer in mind: clickless aperture ring for smooth iris transitions, common 95mm filter ring for use with many accessories. babyPrimes will be made in the native Sony E-mount in a "real interesting price range". This will be a nice alternative to Zeiss CP.2 Compact Prime Lenses - perfect for the new NEX-FS100 Handycam, NEX-VG10 Camcorder, and the rest of the NEX family.

Zeiss ZF.2 lenses are Zeiss lenses designed for Nikon cameras with focal lengths ranging from 18mm to 100mm. ZF.2 lenses can be used on the NEX E-mount with a Nikon to E-mount lens adapter.

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Press release from KelvinKamera:

The babyPrimes are a new rehoused film-style lenses project now in production, with delivery estimate for the end of July 2011.
  • Carl Zeiss ZF.2 high quality optics inside, robust and reliable construction for professional use.
  • Full-Frame coverage (24 x 36mm) for all the focal lengths 18 to 100mm (50and 100mm makro).
  • No need for adapter solutions anymore, special custom stainless-steel interchangeable mounts.
  • Four different mounts available (EF, F, E and MTF Mount), open to future applications.
  • Improved ergonomics with left and right side meter/feet, iris scales with enhanced graphics.
  • Consistent front diameter of 95mm, for simplified use of lightweight 4X4/4x5,65 matteboxes and filters.
  • Independent filmmakers price range, different set choices and upgrades.
  • Special ultra-lightweight dedicated clip-on matte box available with the different kit solutions.
  • Custom rehousing engineering made in Italy.
For more informations and reservations:

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Sony NEX-VG10 Lightning and Perfect Music

Great music selection by moorejem makes lightning clouds worthwile to watch. This was shot with the NEX-VG10 at 37,000 feet. The music is "The Pulse of This Skyline With Lightning Like Nerves" by Slow Six.

Thanks moorejem!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Zeiss Compact Prime Lenses for NEX E-mount Announced

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Carl Zeiss 85/2.1 Compact Prime on Sony NEX-VG10 by farwesttexasphotog from CP+

Carl Zeiss Cinematography officially announced that the Compact Prime CP.2 lenses will be available in the Sony NEX E-mount. CP.2 lenses have interchangeable mounts and with the short register distance of the NEX an adapter or mount was easily made. The NEX and the CP.2 combination was first shown in Japan at the CP Plus convention. This is great news for videographers who use the NEX-VG10 and the new NEX-FS100.

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Sony NEX E-mount for Zeiss CP.2 Lenses

Zeiss has instructions on how to replace the lens mounts of Compact Prime CP.2 lenses to E-mount if you already have the set.
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Focal Lengths of Zeiss Compact Prime Lenses (larger image)

The Zeiss Compact Prime lenses are available in the following focal lengths and apertures:
  • CP.2 18mm f/2.6
  • CP.2 21mm f/2.9
  • CP.2 25mm f/2.9
  • CP.2 28mm f/2.1
  • CP.2 35mm f/2.1
  • CP.2 50mm f/2.1
  • CP.2 50mm f/2.1 Macro
  • CP.2 85mm f/2.1
  • CP.2 100mm f/2.1 Close Focus

Here is the press release from Carl Zeiss Cinematography:
OBERKOCHEN/Germany, 30.03.2011.
During the NAB Trade Show in Las Vegas from April 9-14, 2011, Carl Zeiss will present two new mounts for the Compact Prime CP.2 lenses:
the E mount and the MFT mount. The MFT mount is particularly suitable for the new corresponding professional camcorders, while the brand-new E mount is perfect for the new Sony cameras like the Super 35 mm NXCAM camcorder. The MFT mount has been available since March. The new E mount is expected to be available beginning in June. Exactly a year ago, Carl Zeiss introduced the Compact Prime CP.2 series during the NAB Show in Las Vegas. They are the first lenses with interchangeable mount developed specially for filming with HDSLR cameras. Since then, there has been significant demand for these lenses among cinematographers and still photographers adding new video services. Carl Zeiss is now adding a new chapter to its Compact Prime CP.2 success story.

“With these new mounts, we respond to many of our customers’ wishes asking to use the lenses on these new HD video cameras,” said Holger Sehr, Product Manager for Cinematography lenses at Carl Zeiss AG, Camera Lens Division. “Thanks to the interchangeable mounts, now for five different camera systems — PL, EF, MFT, F and E mount — our Compact Prime CP.2 lenses deliver superb flexibility, can be used in many different market segments, and are attractive for both end-customers and rental houses.”

With the interchangeable mount and the 24x36 mm full-format image circle illumination, these latest members of Carl Zeiss compact lens family are extremely versatile. During the NAB Show, Carl Zeiss will present all nine fixed focal lengths of Compact Prime CP.2 series from 18 to 100 mm, which thanks to the new mounts can be used for a wide range of cameras — from SLR to professional camcorders through to professional cine and television film cameras. Moreover, the Compact Prime CP.2 lenses are highly compact with a robust construction, so that they can withstand any demand of cinematographers and photographers on the set.

Click here for more information on Carl Zeiss Compact Prime Lenses.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Samyang Sony NEX E-mount Lenses Coming

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Samyang 8mm Fisheye Lens Designed for the NEX-VG10

Samyang announced that they will start making Sony NEX E-mount lenses. The first lens that Samyang adapted to the E-mount is the 8mm Fisheye Lens with a maximum aperture of 3.5. The Samyang 8mm f/3.5 FISH-EYE CS VG10 lens is optimized for videography with smooth aperture transitions and minimized vignetting.

The 8mm Fisheye converts to an equivalent 14.4mm field of view on the Sony NEX-VG10 Camcorder.

Samyang is the 5th 3rd party lens manufacturer for the Sony NEX E-mount. We can't wait for more value minded lenses with excellent optical quality from Samyang for the Sony NEX system.

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Samyang 8mm f/3.5 FISH-EYE CS VG10 lens

Thanks Samyang!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Upcoming Sony NEX E-mount Lenses

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Can anyone translate this?

Here is the current schedule for upcoming E-mount lenses for the Sony NEX system from Sony Japan. It looks like we can expect the Sony 30mm (45mm FOV), 50mm (75mm FOV), and 55-200mm (82.5 - 300mm FOV) zoom lenses this year.

The one lens most people are waiting for will also be available soon, the Carl Zeiss 24mm lens is expected to be released this year. The CZ 24mm autofocus NEX lens will provide an equivalent field of view of 36mm, wide angle normal, on the APS-C sensor.

Three more lenses will be available in 2012. Hopefully someone can translate the image above so we can have more information on what they are.

All these E-mount lenses will be autofocus lenses.

Images from Akihabara News.
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E-mount: 24mm Zeiss and 50mm Sony Lenses

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E-mount: 50mm Sony and 55-200mm Sony Zoom Lenses

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Sony NEX Lens Family

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Sony CP Plus Booth Video

Thanks to SpacePigTV and Akihabara News, we have a video of what the Sony CP Plus booth looks like. This is where all the good news for the Sony NEX is coming from.

Sony announced that four manufacturers will make E-mount lenses:
  • Carl Zeiss AG (we already knew that)
As an independent lens provider, Carl Zeiss welcomes the disclosure of the “E-mount” specifications by Sony. It helps manufacturer’s product development, benefits customers and therefore assists in establishing “E-mount” as a new, healthy and strong system on the market.
  • Cosina Co, Ltd
... is excited by the potential of Sony’s “E-mount” which enables to a large-size image sensor to be incorporated in a compact, interchangeable lens camera. We have high expectations for the “E-mount” with its aims to create a new photography culture, and express its assent to Sony’s decision to provide information related to “E-mount”.
  • Sigma Corporation
... fully supports Sony’s decision to disclose basic “E-mount” specifications. We believe this move will spur the further growth and diversification of camera system across the industry, provide photo enthusiasts with a wealth of choice and enrich in their photographic lifestyles.
  • Tamron Co., Ltd
... endorses Sony’s decision to disclose basic “E-mount” specifications. We aim to offer our customers new solutions and unprecedented photo-shooting enjoyment through the manufacture and sale of “E-mount” lenses.

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Monday, January 10, 2011

Sony NEX Sigma Optical Stabilizer Test

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We posted about the Bigma on the NEX-VG10 before but this video shows how well the OS (Optical Stabilizer) function of the Sigma 50-500mm lens works.

The test by YoshiroOh uses a Sony NEX-VG10 camcorder, a LA-EA1 Sony Alpha lens adapter, and the Bigma. The lens is tapped by a finger to introduce vibration and the OS is at three different settings, OFF, 1, and 2 Vertical.

The Optical Stabilizer of the Bigma seems to work fine. This video is before the new NEX-VG10 Firmware 02 update so it could have improved since then.

If you have a NEX-3 or NEX-5 and the Bigma, we'd like to see if the results are the same.

sony nex sigma bigma 50-500 stabilization

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Sony NEX-VG10 vs Canon 60d vs Panasonic GH2

Here's a quick comparison by Mike Kobal which puts the Sony NEX-VG10, Canon EOS 60D, and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 up against each other.

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sony nex-vg10 vs canon 60d vs panasonic lumix gh2
sony nex-vg10 vs canon 60d vs panasonic lumix gh2

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

NEX Body and Rear Lens Cap Available

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The unicorns have arrived at the Sony Style store. The Sony NEX Body Cap, part number ALC-B1EM, and the Rear Lens Cap, part number ALC-R1EM, are now available at Sony Style. These are necessary if you are using lens adapters since those do not come with any caps.

Hopefully the Sony NEX-3, NEX-5, and NEX-VG10 kits will have both caps included in the box.

Of course you can also search on eBay for third party Sony NEX E-mount caps.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Sony NEX-VG10 Sigma 50-500mm Bigma Video

Here is some footage that Steve N shot with his NEX-VG10 and the Sigma 50-500mm ultra zoom lens aka Bigma. The Bigma used is a Nikon mount so it does have an aperture ring but focusing is all done manually. Steve points out:
...Sony hasn't equipped the VG10 with focus confirmation or focus assist: there is no peaking or image enlargement which would help immensely when working with MF lenses...perhaps a firmware update can address this!

Sony stated at Photokina that they will be working with third party lens makers so we can expect focus confirmation, and aperture control on adapted lenses.

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Sony NEX-VG10 with a Sigma 50-500mm Zoom aka Bigma

Click here for more pictures of the combination above.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Sony NEX-VG10 with Sigma 50-500mm Bigma

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Here are Steve N's pictures of his Sony NEX-VG10, a Nikon F mount to Sony E-mount lens adapter, and a Sigma 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 APO Ultra Telephoto, aka the Bigma. This would give an equivalent of 90mm to 900mm zoom lens on the NEX-VG10 with it's 1.8x crop factor. We'll post videos soon...

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sony nex vg10 camcorder sigma bigma 50-500

Check out Steve N's work!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Sony NEX-VG10 Firmware 02 Update

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Sony NEX-VG10 Camcorder with LA-EA1 Lens Adapter and Carl Zeiss 24-70mm f/2.8

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Sony released the Firmware Version 02 update for the NEX-VG10 Camcorder. This update allows the NEX-VG10 to autofocus Sony SSM and SAM lenses via the LA-EA1 lens adapter. The LA-EA1 lens adapter has to be updated to firmware version 02 as well. Use the links below to get the US versions of the firmware and instructions of how to perform the update. Please make sure you use the correct firmware and read the instructions carefully.

Microsoft Windows NEX-VG10 Firmware Version 02

Microsoft Windows LA-EA1 Firmware Version 02

Macintosh OS NEX-VG10 Firmware Version 02

Macintosh OS LA-EA1 Firmware Version 02

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Sony NEX American Photo Editors Choice Award Winner

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The NEX cameras have won an American Photo Editor's Choice Award.


The winners of this year's Editor's Choice Awards had to meet the highest standard ever: For American Photo's editorial team to choose them, they had to qualify as "game-changing"—to have transformed, or have the potential to transform, the very way photographers work. To be fair to all the other great photo products that came to market this year, that's a tough standard to meet in a field in which progress is largely incremental. But the rigor we brought to bear on the task challenged our preconceptions and helped us transcend our usual category-based thinking.


Many of our winners are exemplars of larger trends in the industry. Sony’s NEX system joins the burgeoning ILC (Interchangeable-Lens Compact) phenomenon, significantly advancing the convergence of still and video capture.


Maybe more unusual, though, is the NEX-5’s fraternal twin, a camcorder called the NEX-VG10. It incorporates the same sensor, lens mount and LCD screen as the NEX-5, not to mention most other features, including still capture. That’s huge news, because it’s the first of its kind with an APS-C-sized chip and silent-focusing inter- changeable optics, thereby offering filmlike shallow focus, low-light prowess and better video handling than any DSLR. And it costs a fraction of any professional equivalent.
Thanks Popuplar Photography!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Sony NEX and Steadicam Merlin

NEX-VG10 on Steadicam Merlin by cheesuwen

cheesuwen writes:
The arrival of the NEX10 with its weight is just perfect for the Merlin. With a LitePanels MicroPro on it, it weighs just slightly above 1.3kg. A weight I can sustain without the help of the Steadicam Arm and Vest.

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Here are a couple of videos from eiji1783 using the Sony NEX-5 with the Tiffen Steadicam Merlin. It's amazing how steady the videos look while he's chasing kids at play.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

NEX-VG10 vs Canon 5D mkII vs Panasonic GH1

Let's see how the Sony NEX-VG10 Handycam does against the Canon 5d Mark II and the Panasonic GH1 in this quick comparison.

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Friday, August 20, 2010

Sony NEX-VG10 Shoots 1080p 30fps Not Interlaced

This hands on video of the Sony NEX-VG10 is good except for the errors. The VG10 does not shoot interlaced, rather it shoots at 1080p at 30 fps. The data is then distributed in AVCHD 1080i 60fps. Open up the video in any video editor and you will see the 1080p 30fps file. The VG10 uses Progressive Segmented Frames to convert the 1080p file to a more consumer friend 1080i.

from wikipedia, Progressive segmented Frame:
Progressive segmented Frame (PsF, sF, SF) is a scheme designed to acquire, store, modify, and distribute progressive-scan video using interlaced equipment and media.

With PsF, a progressive frame is divided into two segments, with the odd lines in one segment and the even lines in the other segment. Technically, the segments are equivalent to interlaced fields, but unlike native interlaced video, there is no motion between the two fields that make up the video frame: both fields represent the same instant in time. This technique allows for a progressive picture to be processed through the same electronic circuitry that is used to store, process and route interlaced video.
From the Sony Specifications on the NEX-VG10:
Also when Video is involved, the lens multiplier is 1.8x not 1.5x. The 16mm pancake is an equivalent 28.8mm for videos.
  • Focal Length (35mm equivalent) : Photo: 27mm-300mm; Video: 32.4mm-360mm (35mm equivalent) (included SEL18200 lens)

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Sony NEX Panavision PV Lens Adapter

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For the filmmakers out there, here is the Sony NEX E-mount to Panavision PV Lens Adapter. This is the perfect adapter for the Sony NEX-VG10. Time to call Panavision to rent some lenses.

Click here for the Sony NEX E-mount Panavision Lens Adapter eBay auction.

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Here is a Canon 5d II with a Panavision Anamorphic 50mm Primo. That NEX-5 will look like a lens cap.

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