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Film To Digital Konica S3 Rangefinder with Sony NEX-5 Sensor

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Frankencamera by Oliver Baker
Give Oliver Baker an NEX-5, a Konica S3 fixed lens rangefinder, and a 3D Printer and what do you get? The Frankencamera.

Oliver combined the mechanical features of the Konica S3 RF and the digital components of the NEX-5 to create a new camera. The back of the S3 was replaced with a 3D printed replica, via selective laser sintering. The new back holds the NEX-5 sensor and related electronics.

HBO's True Detective Featuring the NEX-5

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Woody Harrelson as Detective Martin Eric "Marty" Hart and the NEX-5

First let me say that I have not finished True Detective yet so please do not say anything about the story. We saw the camera on a tripod instantly featured during the interrogation scenes. The NEX-5 was used to record the interviews of Detective Hart and Detective Rustin Spencer "Rust" Cohle played by Matthew McConaughey. True Detective ended the 1st season with 8 episodes - will the NEX make it to the next season?

Canon EOS Autofocus on Sony NEX?

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Canon 40mm STM Activates NEX Autofocus Points

Here is a video from Muk Camera Service showing a Canon EOS 40mm STM lens on the NEX-5. The EOS to NEX E-mount adapter seems to allow for autofocus, which is a first.

The previous EOS to Nex smart adapter by Conurus can only control the aperture on EOS lenses. The EOS lenses must be focused manually.

Could the stepper motor, STM, in the Canon 40mm lens aid in allowing NEX cameras control autofocus? We do not have any details except for the video below.


Canon 40mm STM autofocus on NEX-5

Sony NEX-5 Near Infrared Video by Bob Trongone

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Here's an interesting application for the Sony NEX-5, infrared video. The camera was converted to see near infrared while keeping all of the functions of the NEX.



IR I-78 by Bob Trongone

Details from Bob T's Vimeo

Infrared footage of Interstate 78 West seen in eastern Pennsylvania.
Capture device: A Sony NEX-5 modified to see near infrared.
Filter: MaxMax X-Nite XDP



IR NY17 Bob Trongone

Thanks Bob T!

Windows Phone Wallpapers by Sony NEX and Levi Freeman

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Here's a nice story of a NEX photographer and graphic designer, Levi Freeman, getting recognized by the Windows Phone design team. Mr. Freeman carries the designation of producing the first set of official Windows Phone wallpapers with the design team's full endorsement.

from the Windows Phone blog:
Our fans have created some fantastic Windows Phone wallpapers over the years. Today we’re unveiling a new nature series from Windows Phone fan and London-based graphic designer Levi Freeman. What’s unique about these is that they’re the first to carry our design team’s official seal of approval. We also hope they’re the first of many collaboration efforts with artists to come.Read the official Windows Phone announcement here.


from Levi Freeman
This is the short account of the story behind how my photographs ended up on Windows Phone. It explains the beginnings, meetings and the joy of shooting with my camera knowing full well that millions of people will perhaps set them as their own …

Sony NEX-5 with MTO 1000mm Mirror Lens

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Sony NEX-5 with MTO 1000mm f/10 Mirror Lens
Here is a 54 year old MTO Grand Prix 1000mm f/10 fixed aperture mirror lens on the Sony NEX-5. It gives an equivalent FOV of 1500mm on the 23.4 x 15.6mm APS-C sensor. The lens is an M39 screw mount lens and is easily adaptable to the NEX E-mount. The lens weighs in at around 8 lbs so tripod shooting is a must unless you've won Mr. Olympia eight times in a row.

The pictures are from eBay where the MTO 1000mm mirror lens is on auction.











500mm Lens FOV


1000mm f/10 MTO Grand Prix Mirror Lens


135mm lens FOV


1000mm f/10 MTO Grand Prix Mirror Lens


Thanks Danno!

Sony NEX-5 with Celestron C8-SGT Telescope

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Sony NEX-5 with Celestron C8 SGT Telescope

Several people asked about the setup that was used on our NEX Astrophotography post. razor2277 posted his setup which is a NEX-5 used on a Celestron C8 SGT Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope.

Here is what is needed to get beautiful photos of our universe and beyond...
Celestron C8-SGT (Item # 11026-XLT) w/ dew shield (Item # 94009) and AC power supply (Item # 18778)Celestron Universal Piggyback Mount (for mounting camera on top with regular lenses) - Item # 93609Celestron T-Adapter, (C5, 6, 8, 9-1/4, 11, 14) - Item # 93633-AKiwiFotos T-Mount Adapter LMA-TM_EM For Sony aNEX CamerasCelestron f/6.3 Reducer/Corrector - Item # 94175from razor2277:
so the T-Mount adapter is what attaches to the camera. The T-Adapter is what attaches to the telescope. The 2 adapters have threads to connect them togethe for prime focus. I also use a reducer which brings the aperture down to f/6.3 from f/10, and increases the FOV from 2000mm to 1280mm. So in the order from sco…

NEX with Zeiss Super 16mm T1.3 Lens Arri Mount

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Sony NEX with Zeiss Super Speed 16mm f/1.2 Arri Bayonet Mount Lens
Here is an interesting lens we ran into on eBay. It is a Carl Zeiss 16mm f/1.2 lens made for the Arriflex Super 16mm cameras. Breguet Camera of Hong Kong is offering this lens and has modified it for the NEX E-mount. This Super 16 lens will not cover the NEX-5's APS-C sensor and will cause vignetting as seen in the sample pictures below. This may not be a problem if you crop the image or use it for videos. This lens will work with NEX cameras via an Arri to PL to E-mount lens adapter which is included with the auction.


Here is more information on the Carl Zeiss Super 16mm MKI lens from cinematechnic.com:
Super 16mm Mk. I Set

The 16mm set comprised of four Distagons: 9.5, 12, 16 and 25mm, f1.2, all with a photometric aperture of T1.3. These were the first 16mm prime lenses designed to cover Super 16mm format. The 9.5mm focal length covers the full S16 aperture, but is somewhat compromised in sharpness and illuminat…

Sony NEX-5 Astrophotography by razor2277

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NEX-5 with Celestron C8-SGT by razor2277

Here are some out of this world photos from the Sony NEX-5. razor2277 mounted his NEX on a Celestron C8 SGT telescope for some astrophotography. The images from the NEX are stacked / combined to produce what we are seeing. Contact razor2277 for more details.






Celestron C8 SGT (Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope)

Check out more astrophotography work by razor2277 here.

NEX with Minolta 45mm at Devils Hockey Game

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Game Winning Shootout Goal - ISO200 1/320 f/4.0

We were lucky enough to get nice seats to the New Jersey Devils vs Anaheim Ducks. We brought the NEX-5 with a Minolta MD/SR to NEX/E-mount lens adapter the Minolta 45mm f/2 MD Rokkor-X. The combination easily fits into a jacket pocket.

The 45mm f/2 on the NEX gives an equivalent FOV of 67.5mm, which allowed us to shoot the width of the ice from our seats. Here are a few shots from the night. Most of these are cropped which shows the lens' and NEX sensor capability.

Minolta 45mm f/2 MD with Sony NEX
Drop The Gloves - ISO200 1/60 f/5.6
Face Off Win - ISO200 1/250 f/5.6
Brodeur Kick Save - ISO200 1/250 f/4.0
Premature Celebration, Goal Recalled - ISO200 1/125 f/4.0
Overtime Shootout - ISO200 1/200 f/4.0

Sony NEX-5 with Minolta SR/MD mount adapter and Gordy leather strap

Sony NEX and PlayStation PlayMemories Image Viewer

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Sony PS3 PlayMemories Image Viewer

Here is a quick video of NEX panoramas viewed with PlayMemories on the PlayStation 3. PlayMemories supports 3D photos from the NEX, unfortunately our TV is not 3D capable. What we can show you is a panorama taken with the NEX-5 at Monza during the 2010 Italian Grand Prix.

We have not printed out a panorama and PlayMemories is a great alternative of sharing ultra-wide photos from the NEX. The exif information of the photo can be seen by press the X button on the controller. 12416 x 1856 pixels is difficult to print but easy to view on a large screen.

The video was taken with the older NEX-5 with a Contax 28mm f/2.8 Distagon.

NEX-5 Leica 50mm Summilux and High ISO

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I was lucky enough to catch a few drinks with another photo enthusiast who happen to have a Leica M8 and a chrome 50mm Summilux-M ASPH. I had my NEX-5 with a Voigtlander 35mm Ultron since I needed the speed whilst at the drinking hole. He was generous enough to slap the Summilux-M onto my Leica-Nex lens adapter and allowed me to use it.

All the shots here were taken with the 50mm lens wide open at f/1.4, thus Summilux. The NEX-5 was set to Aperture Priority and ISO 3200 and with the dim lighting conditions at the bar forced the Shutter speed at 1/20th of a second. I would have preferred a shutter speed of 1/75 or higher (50mm x 1.5 crop factor) to keep camera movement at a minimum. The 50mm Summilux-M ASPH is a brick of a lens and I think the weight help stabilize the camera or was it the fear of dropping someone else's lens? The focusing was very well damped, a big difference from my Voigtlander. This made focusing a bit easier with the Leica.

The shots were taken in RAW an…

Sony NEX Black Friday Deal at Best Buy

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Dell $250 Off NEX-5

Addendum 2: Dell has the Sony NEX-5 with 18-55mm OSS lens for $399. Add the camera to your cart. Check out and apply coupon code J22D9F4R?22PDC to get $250 off. It seems that more than 1 can be ordered at the discounted price.

Addendum 1: Sony Style is also having Black Friday / Cyber Monday deals for NEX cameras. The NEX-5 is $499 and the NEX-3 is $399. Click on the "Cameras and Camcorders" tab when you get to the page.

Here was the only Black Friday deal we found for the Sony NEX system. The NEX-5 is on sale for $499 at Best Buy. This is a $150 discount on the standard NEX-5 price of $649. Get there early if you want one.



We are staying home and not waiting on lines and will do our black friday shopping at Amazon.

Good luck shoppers!

Replace Sony NEX LCD Protector

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eviltig shows us how easy it is to change the LCD protector of an NEX camera. The standard plastic protector peels off, although the "booger is on there." Clean any residue and stick on the glass lcd protector. Below are the before and after pictures of this modification.

Sony NEX with Standard LCD Protector
NEX with Aftermarket Glass LCD Protector

Thanks eviltig!

Sony NEX-7 Launch Delayed Due To Thailand Floods

Flood waters has inundated the Sony factory in Ayutthaya, Thailand where NEX cameras are produced. This will affect the overall supply of NEX systems and will delay the NEX-7's release.

from Reuters
Sony, the world's second-largest maker of digital cameras after Canon Inc , said the global launch of its NEX-7 mirrorless interchangeable lens camera would be delayed indefinitely from the previous date of Nov. 11, while the Japanese launch of the Alpha 65 model would also be delayed.

Sony's Thai camera factory, one of three plants it has in the country, is flooded, while production has been stopped at its Thai semiconductor plant due to supply shortages, the company said.
Sony has not announced a new launch date.

Here is an article by CNET when they visited the Sony Ayutthaya Plant last year.

More importantly, 300+ people have been killed by the flooding and countless have lost their homes. Sony has donated 300 Million yen to aid the recovery efforts.

Sony NEX-5 and Galapagos Islands

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Galapagos Islands by thkhoo with the NEX-5
Check out these great NEX-5 photos by Teng Huang Koo from the Galapagos Islands. The images were produced using the following lenses:
Sony 18-55mm OSSSony 16mm f/2.8 Pancake with VCL-ECF1 Fisheye ConverterVoigtlander 12mm Ultra Wide HeliarVoigtlander 50mm f/1.1 NoktonLeica 90mm f/2.8 Elmarit

NEX-5 Photos by thkhoo
Here is the underwater camera setup:
Sony Alpha NEX-5Sony 10mm fisheye (VCLECF1)Nauticam NA-NEX5 housingNauticam 4.33" dome portNauticam tray and handles2x Sea & Sea YS-110a strobesUniversal arms and jointsLight & Motion SOLA600 focus light2x universal float arms

The images demonstrate the NEX system's versatility and in the right hands it's capability to capture beautiful pictures.

See more NEX-5 shots at thkhoo's flickr gallery.

Sony NEX-5 with Hasselblad 50mm Distagon FE

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Here is didjeridoo_tom's Sony NEX-5 cinema setup. He is using a Hasselblad 50mm f/2.8 Distagon with floating lens elements via a Hasselblad to EOS lens adapter, then an EOS to NEX E-mount lens adapter. The display of the NEX-5 is produced on the Sony CLMV55 portable 5" monitor via an HDMI cable.

The Hasselblad 50mm Distagon FE provides excellent color correction close up and wide open. It was also the preferred lens for NASA space missions.

Check out the photos of didjeridoo_tom's NEX-5 with the Distagon T* 2.8/50 FE and samples from the combination.

NEX-5 with Distagon 2.8/50 T* FE and CLMV55 5" Monitor
Photos by didjeroo_tom from NEX-5 and Distagon 2.8/50mm T* FE

Thanks didjeroo_tom!