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Sony A7r and NEX APS-C Lenses

Carl Zeiss 32mm Touit Lens on Sony A7r
Here are a bevy of autofocus lenses made for the Sony NEX system mounted on the new Sony A7r. The red boxes show a 1:1 or square aspect ratio and a 16:9 aspect ratio. The lenses have rear baffles which were not removed. Most of the prime lenses can provide a square image with a little bit of vignetting. 16:9 images show heavy vignetting, maybe we can extract a 2.35:1 Cinemascope / Panavision image with the A7r's 36 megapixels to play with.

Carl Zeiss 12mm Touit Lens on Sony A7r
Sony 16mm Pancake with Ultra Wide Adapter on Sony A7r
Sony 16mm Pancake Lens on Sony A7r
Sigma 19mm Lens on Sony A7r
Sigma 30mm Lens on Sony A7r
Sony 55-210mm OSS Lens @55mm on Sony A7r
Sony 55-210mm OSS Lens @98mmLens on Sony A7r
Sony 55-210mm OSS Lens @210mm Lens on Sony A7r

Sony NEX-6 Milky Way Time Lapse

Milky Way Time Lapse by David H.
Here are the settings David H. used on his NEX-6 with the help of PlayMemories Camera Apps.
Camera settings: 16mm, ISO 1600, f3.5, 30sec.To extend the battery life I made a cover to put over the EVF to trick the camera. This turns off the light on the back of the main screen and conserves a lot of power. I did this using the Time Lapse app on 40 second intervals (10 seconds longer than exposure time to allow the camera to process images). Still trying to figure out if you can use the Time Lapse app in RAW format.
Here is a video showing the NEX / Time Lapse App interface.

NEX PlayMemories Camera Apps Time Lapse
The Time Lapse App is available for $9.99 from the PlayMemories Camera App store. PlayMemories Camera Apps are compatible with Sony NEX-5R and NEX-6 cameras.

New 20mm Pancake Lens for NEX Cameras

New 20mm f/2.8 E-mount Lens for Sony NEX Cameras.
Here is the new E-mount lens from Sony. The 20mm f/2.8 pancake lens, part number SEL20F28, from Sony is a native E-mount lens which means full compatibility, autofocus and auto-aperture, with all the NEX cameras. The 20mm pancake is 20mm in depth, the 16mm pancake is 22.5mm in depth. This means a slightly more compact package on NEX bodies, see the NEX-5R with 16mm below. The lens will provide an equivalent fov of 30mm when used on the APS-C sensor.

The SEL20F28 20mm pancake lens will sell for $350 and will be available in April of this year. It makes the $250 16mm pancake seem like a bargain.

NEX-5R with 16mm Pancake.

20mm Pancake (SEL20F28) Technical Specifications Sony SEL20F28
20mm f/2.8 Pancake Lens Lens Mount Sony E-mount Lens Configuration 6 groups, 6 elements Focal length (35mm equivalent) 30mm Aperture blades 7 Aperture Range f/2.8 to f/16 Maximum magnification 0.12x Min. focusing distance 7.9 in (0.2 m) Filt…

Sony NEX 30mm Hood on 16mm Pancake Lens

Sony 16mm Pancake with ALC-SH113 Hood
Are you looking for more flare protection for your Sony 16mm f/2.8 E Pancake lens? The 16mm pancake does not come with a lens hood but Alphaman came up with a solution. He used the ALC-SH113 hood from the Sony NEX 30mm Macro Lens on the 16mm Pancake. The provides full coverage from the side and has a rectangular cutout in the middle. The 16mm and the ALC-SH113 hood does not cause vignetting. The combination looks great.

Photos by Alphaman of 30mm Macro Hood on 16mm Pancake

ALC-SH112, the flower petal hood for the 18-55mm OSS E-mount lens will also work with the 16mm pancake but it does not provide the same coverage as the ALC-SH113 hood.

Thanks Alphaman!

Gravity Shots Takes the NEX-7 Flying

Image has a new weapon in its UAV arsenal - it's the new Sony NEX-7. They mounted the NEX-7 on a Cinestar 6 hexacopter and took it for its maiden voyage around a lovely compound. Maybe trying to see if Santa was on the roof?

The lens on the camera is the much maligned 16mm Pancake. The video settings were: "1080 60P, manual at 1/125, f9, iso400, auto focus, WB at cloudy and Vivid for scene."

Sony NEX-7 secured in a Cinestar 6 Hexacopter UAV

Get more info at

Thanks Gravity Shots!

NEX VCL ECU1 Wide Angle Conversion Lens Deal

Save 50% on the VCL-ECU1

The VCL-ECU1 Wide Angle Conversion Lens for the E-mount 16mm Pancake is currently on sale at Amazon. It is not in stock but you can still order one for $65. It is normally priced at $130. The VCL-ECU1 with the 16mm pancake produces images with an 18mm FOV.

Here are some photos from flickr using the VCL-ECU1 Wide Angle Conversion lens.
by Hiro Taro
by freiraum7
by Teddy Leung
by Eugine W
by TomRickHalNao

NEX-3 with 18-55mm and 16mm Lens $499

Sony NEX-3, 18-55mm Lens, 16mm Lens, $499 with Free Shipping

Amazon and Sony teamed up to give us the NEX-3 Twin Lens Kit for $499 insted of $749. Add both the NEX-3 with 18-55mm OSS lens ($499) and the 16mm pancake lens ($249) to your cart and $249 will automatically be deducted from the total price.

Buy a Sony Alpha NEX-3 Camera, Get a Wide-Angle Lens Free
To take advantage of this offer, simply add the camera and Sony SEL16F128 lens from the list below to your Shopping Cart, and we'll automatically apply the discount at checkout.

Offer good through 11:59 p.m. PST on December 3, 2011, while supplies last. Applies only to purchases of products sold by and does not apply to products sold by third-party merchants and other sellers through the site. The eligible lens must be purchased together with the qualifying camera in the same order. reserves the right to end or modify this offer at any time. For additional restrictions, please read our terms and …

Sony NEX-C3 16mm Lens Kit Unboxing

Let's see what's inside the box of a brand new NEX-C3. It's always good to see what accessories to expect with a new product.

Thanks ThePrestige813!

More Details About the NEX-C3

Silve Sony NEX-C3 with 16mm Pancake Lens

Details about the new Sony Alpha NEX-C3, which replaces the NEX-3.
There will be three (3) model designations:NEX-C3A with the 16mm Pancake LensNEX-C3K with the 18-55mm Zoom OSS LensNEX-C3D with both the 16mm Pancake and the 18-55mm Zoom LensThe APS-C sensor as written on the NEX-C3 body is 16.2 MP which produces a 4912 x 3264 pixel image. The NEX-3 produces a 4592 X 3056 pixel image.The Sony NEX-C3 will ship with the new NEX firmware version 04 which includes:Focus PeakingPicture EffectsThe location of the memory card has been moved from the battery compartment. It now resides in a separate compartment closer to the center of the camera.The NEX-C3 will ship with the standard NEX flash and not the larger flash in this picture. This confirms that the older NEX-3 and NEX-5 can accept the larger flash.As we predicted the left and right direction of the wheel is now customizable. This gives us five buttons to to tailor the NEX-C3's user inter…

Sony NEX Balloon Aerial Photography

Berkeley Art Museum from a NEX-5 and a Balloon

Michael L. took out the Sony NEX-5, a helium weather balloon, and 700 ft of dacron tethers to capture some images of the University of California, Berkeley Campus, from up above.
More sample photos from M.L.:

M.L. his weather balloon and the NEX-5

Read more about Michael L's experience with his NEX-5 and a balloon at the KAP Discussion page.

Sony NEX-5 Gaui Quad 330X UAV

SeismicWave is testing out his new aerial photography UAV which is a TSH Gaui Hobby Corporation (Gaui) 330X-S 4 rotor flying machine with the Sony NEX-5 and the 16mm pancake lens.
Here is what he wrote:
I stuck the Sony NEX-5 on the Gaui quad. It maxed out the weight limit at 1070 grams. I am using the stock 16 mm f2.8 lens and a 3S 2500 mah pack. Video quality is pretty good though. My pack is not very good so internal resistance is pretty high. It is only using 1000 mah after 5 1/2 minutes.
The Gaui 330X-S is only $400 which is fairly inexpensive for all this technology and the unique vantage point it provides for aerial photographers. We really need one of these UAVs for the NEX-5 just for the fact that it looks like a lot of fun to fly.

Gaui Quad 330X-S Flyer Kit with Scorpion Motors

Gaui Quad 330X-S Review by RCGroups

For more info check out SeismicWave at

Sony NEX-5 Droidworx Microcopter UAV

J. Scholl shot this video with the Sony NEX-5 mounted on a Droidworx AD-6HL (Heavy Lift) UAV. The NEX-5 and the 16mm pancake lens provides high quality images at very minimal weight. Hopefully firmware v04 will allow us to shut off the lcd screen of the NEX when shooting to extend battery life.

Here is our previous post of another NEX and microcopter in action.

Droidworx AD-6HL Frame Only

Check out quadrocopter for more info.

Sony NEX-5 Now In Gold

The third color for the Sony NEX-5 was announced this week and it is gold. It looks to be more champagne to us. It will set you apart from the standard silver or black camera crowd.

Sony NEX-3 Samsung NX100 Drop Test

musteryee posted a video of the Sony NEX-3 and the Samsung NX100 in a drop test. The cameras were dropped on the bottom and the side at 50 cm (19.7 in), 100 cm (39.4 in), and 150 cm (59.1 in). The Sony NEX-3 did not survive the drop test on the side at 100 cm (39.4 in) while the NX100 was still functioning.
The lesson of the story? Do not drop any electronic device but if you do and the angle is just right, it may survive. Use the wrist strap or neck strap, and a bag and keep your valuables safe.
We are wondering if the more robust NEX-5 with the magnesium body would have done better. Kids don't try this at home.

Sony NEX-5 and Bali

J. Chu took the Sony NEX-5, 16mm Pancake, Canon 50mm f/1.4 FD, and the 18-55mm OSS lenses to Bali to produce the video above.

Sony NEX-5 Kite Aerial Photography

Sony NEX-5 Kite Aerial Photography Rig

Here are some photos of Wind Watcher's Kite Aerial Photography rig using the Sony NEX-5 with the 16mm pancake lens. The NEX-5's combination of light weight and large sensor is perfect for going airborne.

from Wind Watchers post:
Sony Nex-5 with 16mm Pancake

Rig: Modified Brooks BBKK auto KAP rig with AuRiCo controller for pan (reduction gears) and tilt servos.

Rig Configuration: Dual [Sony Nex-5 and Go Pro HD Hero] and Single camera set up [Sony Nex-5].

The shutter was triggered by the gentLED-Shutter (which generates an infra-red (IR) signal to the NEX-5 remote sensor detector. The gentled-Shutter device is wired directly to the shutter servo port on the AuRiCo device. This was my first use of the AuRiCo shutter control approach as I just about always use the CHDK shutter control on my Canon cameras. Works like a champ.

KAP sessions: 4 over Chester Springs, December 2010

Kites: Nighthawk and Fled

And here are some of Wind Watcher's KA…

Sony NEX-5 vs Leica M8

Here is another shootout comparing the Sony NEX-5 and the Leica M8. The lens used was the Zeiss 18mm f/4.0 ZM. The Sony 16mm Pancake was also used so we can compare the Zeiss against it. All shots are by Boris from

Sony NEX-5 with the 16mm Pancake at f/8.0 and Center Crop

Sony NEX-5 with the Zeiss 18mm ZM at f/8.0 and Center Crop

Leica M8 with the Zeiss 18mm ZM at f/8.0 and Center Crop

Sony NEX-5 with the 16mm Pancake at f/8.0 and Crop

Sony NEX-5 with the Zeiss 18mm ZM at f/8.0 and Crop

Leica M8 with the Zeiss 18mm ZM at f/8.0 and Crop

The Zeiss 18mm ZM Lens used in the shots above.

The Leica M8 with the Zeiss 18mm ZM