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Sony NEX Arca Swiss Cold Shoe and L-Bracket

Here are some pictures by Terry of new Arca Swiss accessories for the Sony NEX. The cold shoe adapter uses the same interface as the standard flash. Screw it in and now you have a place for an accessory viewfinder, similar to the Sony FDA-SV1.

The Arca Swiss L-bracket provides a solid platform for attaching the NEX to a tripod. The camera can easily be changed from landscape to portrait orientation without moving the tripod head.

The Arca Swiss NEX Cold Shoe and NEX L-Bracket will be released next month. The pricing has not been announced.

Thanks Terry!

Time Lapse Video with Sony NEX-5 and Pclix XT

Time Lapse Video with Sony NEX-5

Here's another time laps video with the Sony NEX-5. This video was created by myreiseblog. The NEX-5 was triggered via infrared using a Pclix XT intervalometer.
The images from the NEX-5 were edited and the cool zooming effect was done in the video editor. We can see the Sony NEX's auto-HDR being utilized.
Thanks myreiseblog!

Sony HVL-F20S Flash for NEX Cameras

Sony HVL-F20S Flash
Sony NEX HVL-F20S Flash avaiable now.

With the announcement of the Sony NEX-C3 comes a new accessory flash for the NEX cameras. The new Sony HVL-F20S flash is a larger, more powerful flash for the NEX system. The Guide Number of 20 (50mm, at ISO 100) is a considerable increase from the GN7 (in metres at ISO 100) of the basic external flash (Sony HVL-F7S) provided with the NEX-C3, NEX-3, and the NEX-5. The new HVL-F20S also has an adjustable head to provide flash bouncing abilities. The new flash, as with the old flash, draws power from the NEX's camera's battery - just clip it and go. It is scheduled to be released in the summer.
From the Sony press release:
Also available as an option, the new HVL-F20S is a style-matching flash that clips onto the camera’s Smart Accessory Terminal. Powered directly by the camera, the flash requires no batteries, achieving an ultra-compact size and light weight when you're travelling. With a generous GN20 (50mm, at ISO…

Sony NEX Viewfinder with Magnifier

Doug F sent us an email showing his NEX-5 viewfinder. It's reminiscent of the Hasselblad Waist Level Finder where you focus using the lcd surrounded by a hood and if needed you can flip up a magnifier.

The components to make this viewfinder are a hacked clearviewer, the magnifying element, and a Sony NEX LCD hood. The whole unit folds up neatly and doesn't add bulk to the svelt NEX body.

If you're using manual focus lenses, shooting should be a bit faster since you don't have to magnify the image 7x or 14x.

The Doug F viewfinder is also easily detachable from the NEX-5 since it is only mounted using the LCD hood connections.

Sony NEX LCD hood.

Click here for more information on the Clearviewer.

Thanks Doug F!

Sony NEX Wired Shutter Release

Sony NEX Wired Shutter Release Interface

Trunk from Get Hypoxic emailed us about his NEX hack. He disassembled the NEX to add a wired shutter release for his camera. The starndard infrared remote for the NEX-5 is too slow for certain applications and a hardwired remote is the solution. A hardwired remote is also the only way to trigger the shutter release for the NEX-3, which does not come with an IR receiver.

Watch the video of the disassembly, wiring, and assembly of the NEX-5 at
Trunk testing the NEX shutter release

The NEX disassembly and assembly is for experts, and wiring a shutter release is a notch above that. Contact Trunk at if you're interested in a wired shutter release for your NEX camera.

Sony NEX Aftermarket Battery Grip

Sony NEX Aftermarket Battery Grip

Here's the Ownuser battery grip for the Sony NEX-3 and NEX-5 camera. It seems that grip can use two NPFW50 batteries to extend your shooting time. It also provides a better grip for shooting in the vertical position. All we see are wholesale prices which price each NEX battery grip down to $132.

Check out for more information on the Ownuser Sony NEX Battery Grip.
Please email us if you have one.
Here is the Ownuser website where you can buy the battery grip for $99 shipped. We don't know all the details, so buyer beware.

Sony NEX with Loreo 3D Macro Lens Cap

Sony NEX-5 with Loreo 3D Macro Lens 9006

We received an email from J.E. "Elendito" showing us the Loreo 3D Macro Lens in a Cap in action with the Sony NEX-5. You can see how well it does 3D in photo and video mode.
Here was our previous post on the Loreo 3D Lens Model 9005 used on the NEX.
Sample photos from NEX and the Loreo 3D Macro Lens Cap.

On another note, we love how YouTube supports 3D Videos.

Thanks J.E.!

Sony NEX-5 iPhone Remote Shutter App

bikr posted a proof of concept for Apple for the upcoming Sony NEX-5 remote shutter release app for the Apple iPhone.
The App sends the Sony NEX-5 an IR signal through a transmitter connected to the iPhone. Two shutter release signals can be sent, immediate release and with a 2 second delay. The Sony NEX-5 remote below has the same capability.

The Sony NEX-5 iPhone Remote Shutter App should also be able to control other Sony Alpha cameras with IR receivers. The NexRemote App will be in the iPhone App Store soon.

A suggestion would be to make it an intervalometer App for time lapse photography.

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.

DIY Lego Viewfinder for the NEX

cubie created a viewfinder for the NEX using legos and a one time use film camera. if you don't have legos, sony has the FDA-SV1 optical viewfinder for you. The FDA-SV1 can be modified to accept 3rd party viewfinders.

Thanks cubie!

Sony NEX-3 Underwater Housing from Acquapazza Coming Soon

First Sony NEX-3 Underwater Housing by AcquapazzaThe first underwater housing for the Sony NEX-3 is coming closer to reality. Acquapazza just posted videos taken with the NEX-3 and the APSO-NEX3 underwater housing. The housing will be good for depths down to 160 ft (50 m). We can't find actual images of the housing yet. Pricing is also unknown. You can check out more details from the Acquapazza website.

All we can do for now is enjoy the videos from the NEX-3 and the Acquapazzo APSO-NEX underwater housing.

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 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…