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Fotodiox Vizelex RhinoCam for NEX Cameras

Sony NEX-5N with a Hasselblad 50mm Distagon via RhinoCam
Photo by PCMag"

The RhinoCam allows us to use NEX E-mount cameras with medium format lenses. The RhinoCam has lens adapters for Pentax 645, Mamiya 645, or Hasselblad V lenses. The NEX is mounted on a shift mount while the lens is fixed. The NEX is then shifted to cover the image circle projected by the medium format lens. Each image is then stitched by an imaging software.

Here's an in-depth video walk through of the RhinoCam.

Vizelex RhinoCam Quick Start Guide

Check out PCMag's review of the RhinoCam.

Click here for more information on the Vizelex RhinoCam at

NEX-5N Wildlife Shots by zackiedawg

NEX-5N autofocus in action to capture these ducks in flight.
Sony NEX-5N with 55-210mm OSS and DH1758 1.7x Conversion Lens
Here are some excellent photos produced by the NEX-5N and the 55-210mm OSS lens with a 1.7x Tele Conversion lens attached taken by zackiedawg. He uses the NEX-5N in A or S mode with Auto ISO. He makes sure that the shutter speed is fast enough to eliminate any camera movement. Autofocus is set to AF-S. He is producing excellent results with such a portable setup.

Here is zackiedawg's description of the VCL-DH1758 1.7x Tele Conversion Lens:
For those unfamiliar, these tele-extenders screw on to the filter threads on the end of the lens, and optically magnify the lens without light loss - so the effective range of the 55-210mm lens with the 1.7x extender onboard goes from 210mm max to 357mm max. This is a very useful range on the NEX body, given the 1.5x crop which allows for over 500mm effective range, and the fact that it loses no additional light means a sl…

NEX Cameras and Lenses Firmware Update February 2013

Sony has released seven firmware updates for Sony NEX cameras and lenses. Here is a quick summary of the changes.

Sony NEX-7 Camera Firmware v1.02
Support for 16-50mm Power Zoom lens, image compensation and mechanical retractionAdds auto-exposure bracketing ranges of 1.0EV, 2.0EV, and 3.0EVImproves indication for using the "Flexible Spot" settingImproves image quality when using a wide angle lensImproves response for showing auto review imagesAdds the capability to enable or disable the MOVIE button
Sony NEX-6 Camera Firmware v1.01
Support for hybrid af compliant lenses: SEL1018, SEL35F18, SELP18200, SEL30M35, SEL50F18, SEL18200LE
Sony NEX-5R Camera Firmware v1.01
Support for hybrid af compliant lenses: SEL1018, SEL35F18, SELP18200, SEL30M35, SEL50F18, SEL18200LE
Sony NEX-5N Camera Firmware v1.02
Support for 16-50mm Power Zoom lens, image compensation and mechanical retractionUpdates the RAW data format version. After installing this update, distortion correction of RAW data…

Sony NEX-5N Images from Dinito1980

NEX-5N Images by Dinito1980
Here are some sample images from Dinito1980 of flickr. The images are created using the Sony NEX-5N and a Sony 100mm f/2.8 macro lens. We love the colors from the Sony NEX sensor and Dinito1980 makes good use of that.

Sony 100mm f/2.8 Macro used for the images above.

See more of Dinito's work at DINITO1980's flickr Gallery.

NEX-5N and Canon 40mm STM Lens

Canon 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens on NEX-5N by Bob Israel
Bob I. posted some samples from his newest lens, the Canon 40mm f/2.8 STM lens. STM designates the stepper motor in the lens which allows the new Canon T4i to mimic the Sony NEX's continuous autofocus during video.
The Canon 40mm STM is mounted on the NEX-5N via the Conurus / Metabones EOS to NEX E-mount Smart Adapter. The Smart Adapter allows the NEX to control the aperture of the EOS lens. See our previous post here. The 40mm STM is a pancake lens and is less than an inch in thickness.
Here are some samples from the Canon 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens, Conurus/Metabones EOS to NEX Smart Adapter, and the NEX-5N.

Photos by Bob Israel

Thanks Bob I!

$40 off NEX Fisheye Conversion Lens VCL-ECF1

Here's a nice deal if you have the E-mount 16mm f/2.8. The Sony VCL-ECF1 fisheye converter for the 16mm provides a 180° field of view. The VCL-ECf1's regular price is $150, it is available from Amazon at $110.

The picture below by CrepeFace shows the VCL-ECF1 attached to the 16mm lens next to the 18-55mm OSS lens.
16mm with VCL-ECF1 vs 18-55mm OSS Lens

Thanks CrepeFace!

Nice place via NEX-5N on Hexacopter

Nice place by ak&fpv

Great video work with the Sony NEX-5N on a hexacopter by ak&fpv. Calming and soothing.

Check out other videos by ak&fpv.

NEX Shift Adapter for Nikon Lenses

NEX Shift Adapter for Nikon Lenses

Here is a Kipon shift lens adapter for NEX cameras. At the moment it is only available for Nikon F lenses. Here is the eBay auction for the Kipon shift adapter for NEX cameras. Let's hope more mounts for the shift adapter will be available soon.

Here is how Canon describes shift:
To explain Shift, the example of photographing a building exterior is an easy one for most to follow. Normally, if you use a wide-angle lens and try to photograph a fairly tall building, you’d aim the camera upward to include all of the building in the frame. The problem? In aiming the camera upward, you introduce a perspective distortion. The sides of the building bow inward, giving a sort of pyramid-like effect. In our everyday photography, we’ve seen this so much that we’re usually acclimated to it and accept it. But to a critical professional, there are times when this distortion is not acceptable. Here is where a shift lens comes in.

With the lens’s movements all set…

NEX-5N Twin Lens Bundle Discount

NEX-5N with 18-55mm and 55-210mm Lens

This is the new Sony NEX-5N Twin Lens bundle which includes the 18-55mm and 55-210mm lens. This kit covers an EFOV of 27mm to 315mm - no problems for most shooting situations. Both lenses also offer Optical Steady Shot (OSS). A 16 gb sdhc class 10 memory card is also included. The bundle is offered at $950, $100 less if purchased separately.

Amazon has a similar bundle at $999, but with a 32gb memory card instead and additional accessories.

Sony NEX-5N Images by ozmen70

Sony NEX-5N with 18-200mm OSS lens by ozmen70Here are some images from ozmen70 from the Sony NEX-5N with the Sony 18-200mm OSS lens and the Voigtlander 40mm f/1.4 Nokton Classic. These are his fist set of NEX-5N photos and he's off to a great start.
If you want to see more of his work check out ozmen70's flickr gallery.

Sony NEX-5N with Voigtlander 40mm lens by ozmen70

Sony NEX-5N with 18-200mm OSS lens by ozmen70

Thanks ozmen70!

Sony NEX Cinematic Video Tips from thedigitalvisual

Here are the recommended NEX settings to achieve the same visuals as the footage above.
Picture Profile: PortraitMenu > Brightness and Color > Creative Style > PortraitContrast = -3Color = 0Sharpness = -3
Video Settings at AVCHD 1080/24p or 60p for slow motion scenes.
White Balance set to Auto.The footage was color corrected in Adobe After Effects CS5 which can handle AVCHD files. The files were exported using Apple Pro-Res 422 (HQ).

The editing was done in Final Cut Pro X. It was exported to H.246 for web uploads.

Thanks thedigitalvisual!

NEX-5N Firmware Version 1.01 Update Released

NEX-5N Firmware Version Check
Mark R. emailed us to let us know that Sony has released Firmware Version 1.01 for the NEX-5N. Here are the features of this upgrade.
This utility updates the NEX-5N Camera Firmware to version 1.01 and provides the following benefits:
Improves the AF response for situations where the distance of the subject changes considerably
Improves stability when operating the camera using the [Lens Compensation: Distortion] "Auto" and [Picture Effect] "Miniature" settings at the same time
Improves camera operations when using the [Exposure Compensation] and [Intelligent AF] settings

NEX-5N Firmware Update
Check your local Sony Support website to download NEX-5n Firmware 1.01 Update for Windows or Mac OS. Read the instructions twice before doing the update and make sure your battery is at 100%.
Sony US Support for NEX-5N
Sony UK Support for NEX-5N

Unfortunately there is still no 7 shot exposure bracketing.

NEX-5N Autofocus Speed Firmware 1.00 vs 1.01


NEX with Kenko Tokina 400mm Mirror Lens

NEX-5N with Kenko Tokina 400mm Mirror Lens (600mm EFOV)
Here is the NEX-5N with an E-mount Kenko 400mm Mirror Lens shown at CP Plus in Yokohama, Japan. The lens has a constant f/8 aperture and is manual focus. This compact combination will get you an effective focal view of 600mm. The lens is 4.4" long by Ø3" max. The projected price of the Kenko Tokina 400mm lens is $250.

Kenko Tokina 400mm Mirror Lens Specs

Thanks and!

How To Clean a Sony NEX Camera

We have not experienced any visible dust on our images yet. We always make sure that the camera is turned off before changing the lens. We also try to change it only when we are indoors. We've never used cleaning mode on the NEX so the video is quite helpful.

From Sony's website:
Clean the dust or debris on the image sensor by performing the automatic cleaning function of the camera. If dust remains, use a blower.

Sony cannot honor the warranty if the user cleans the image sensor surface with a commercial solution. We recommend only using the blower to remove dust particles.

If dust still remains even if you try the above, consult your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility.

Sony NEX-5N Family

Sony NEX-5N and Pentax K-01 Camera

Sony NEX-5N vs Pentax K-01 Front ViewHere is the Sony NEX-5n with the Pentax K-01. They are only associated since they are mirrorless but that is where the relationship ends.

The Pentax K-01 by Marc Newson is not really a Sony NEX competitor. It's closely related to the Pentax K-5 but without a viewfinder (optical nor optional evf) and autofocus speed. The K-01 and the K-5 use the Pentax K mount and share the same lens system. The K-01 loses the mirror box of the K-5 which makes it less expensive at $899 with the 40mm lens (60mm equivalent FOV) compared to $1300 for the K-5 with an 18-55mm lens. The closes Sony product is the SLT-A65 which is $1050 with the 18-55mm lens.

Sony NEX-5N vs Pentax K-01 Top View

Sony NEX-5N vs Pentax K-01 Back View

NEX-5N with Zeiss Contarex 115mm Tessar

Here is Brian T's Sony NEX-5N with a Carl Zeiss Contarex 115mm f/3.5 Tessar macro bellows lens. The lens was produced between 1962 and 1972 and only 1500 were made. A Contarex to NEX E-mount adapter was used.

from Brian:
Surprisingly, it's pretty easy to hand hold with the bellows attached, holding the bellows in the left hand, and the camera in the right. It's super easy to focus using the bellows adjustment or on the lens. The bellows also pretty much removes the need for a tripod, as you can just support it on anything available for stabilization.

NEX-5N with Zeiss Contarex 115mm f/3.5 Tessar

Thanks Brian!

Dolomites and Sony NEX-5N with Kit Lens

Here are some breathtaking photos from a Sony NEX-5N and the kit lens taken by photographer ApoJapo1. Beautiful light, great composition, and a very capable NEX-5N makes for excellent images.

Sony NEX-5N Photos by ApoJapo1
Check out more pictures from ApoJapo1.

Thanks ApoJapo1!

White Sony NEX-5N with Electronic Viewfinder

Here is Conrad A-B's NEX-5N in White livery with the FDA-EV1S electronic viewfinder. Are these the first white bodied NEX-5Ns to the the Americas? It's good looking kit.

Sony NEX-5N in White by Conrad A-B

Stock Image of NEX-5N in White

Thanks Conrad!