Just for fun…some Sony NEX-5 and 16mm images…
There seems to be a ton of interest in these Sony NEX cameras, and I have gotten many emails asking me to post more from this little camera, and more specifically my opinions on the 16mm f/2.8 prime lens.
OK, I admit it! I am now a little bit bit smitten with the Sony NEX-5 and have been shooting with it and having fun with it for a few weeks. Even though its output is generally soft (with either of the Sony lenses) it’s a fun and fast camera to use. I now have both Sony lenses on hand, the 16mm f/2.8 and the 18-55 zoom and while they are not the best lenses around, they can provide acceptable results if your print sizes are going to remain small. BUT, out of both lenses I am preferring the 16mm for photos by far. It’s smaller, it’s faster and it can give a cool perspective on things :) It may be a bit wide but this allows you to get closer and sometimes that is a good thing :)
The 18-55 is the better lens for video though as its AF is silent. Sony will soon be releasing their 18-200 mega zoom for the NEX system, so that should be interesting. I think a Zoo trip will be in order for that one, maybe I’ll take a drive to San Diego. Love that Zoo and it’s been about 7-8 years since I have been there. But today I wanted to talk more about the 16mm and show some more samples from this lens.
It’s a little slow right at this moment on the review front. Not many new things out worth talking about except the Panny LX-5 which I will have soon. Coming this week I will have THREE new film camera reviews! The plastic Diana medium format camera, A Bronica 645 and a write up on shooting ISO 1600 B&W film with a little Contax T2. Yes, I still LOVE film…just took a small break from it as it was getting a bit expensive :)
But anyway, here are some shots all with the NEX-5 and Sony 16 f/2.8 lens. Sony says they are committed to the NEX series and I would think so as the NEX-5 is sold out worldwide according to Sony (though B&H has the silver in stock), so it appears they have a hit on their hands. Click on any image for a larger view!
ISO 6400, in cam B&W with some contrast tweaks in CS4. Arm length Self portrait..obvious lens distortion on the edges, but remember this is a 16mm lens that costs $249 :)
another at ISO 6400 in low light…
iso 200 f/3.5
iso 200 f/5
iso 1600, closest focus – plenty of distortion which makes my sons face look oddly shaped, so I would avoid portraits with the 16 up close :)
What I like about the Sony 16mm E mount lens? It’s small, it’s light, it’s price (Only $249) and it’s a wide angle, which can be fun if you like that sort of thing. What I do not like about it? It’s a cheap feeling lens, it has plenty of distortion, and its soft and lacks that sparkle I am so used to with Leica, but again, this is a $249 lens, not a $3500 lens :)
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