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Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: Melbourne
Sony NEX on 05/11/2010 00:23:40 MDT Print View

Interesting offereing from Sony
APS-C sized sensor (larger than 4/3) 24mm thick body (just under 1 inch) 229g body only (8 oz) .
Did not see the weight of the pancake 24mm equivalent but that a;so looks small and light.
Details here :http://www.dpreview.com/previews/sonynex5/
Smaller and lighter than the rest.
I think that Sony just killed the Ricoh GRX/S10
Franco
Sony NEX
Later on Sony will also have a dedicated AVCHD camcorder that will use the same sensor and the same NEX lenses as well as A lenses via an adaptor.
This will open up "pro" movie making (large sensor) to the keen amateur as well as indie productions.

Edited by Franco on 05/11/2010 00:42:44 MDT.

Justin McMinn
(akajut) - F

Locale: Central Oklahoma
World's smallest and lightest interchangeable lens digital camera on 05/11/2010 07:51:46 MDT Print View



This looks promising, but CNET's video review brought up quite a few shortcomings. Hopefully there will be some improvements with firmware revisions. The burst panorama mode is a pretty nice feature.

http://www.engadget.com/2010/05/11/sony-nex-5-is-small-really-really-small-video/

Edited by akajut on 05/11/2010 07:52:42 MDT.

Rick Dreher
(halfturbo) - MLife

Locale: Northernish California
Re: Sony NEX on 05/11/2010 10:09:12 MDT Print View

I'll allow my pulse to rise if I start seeing "Zeiss" engraved on some of the system lenses.

Speaking of Ricoh, is that a shameless copying of their body-grip configuration or what?

Cheers,

Rick

Justin McMinn
(akajut) - F

Locale: Central Oklahoma
Re: Sony NEX on 05/12/2010 07:32:36 MDT Print View

NEX 3 - $550
NEX 5 - $700

Add $50 for the 18-55mm

Rakesh Malik
(Tamerlin)

Locale: Cascadia
Sweet... on 05/12/2010 15:46:44 MDT Print View

This looks like a better choice for backpacking than a micro 4/3 system, due to the larger sensor.

Also, I believe that they announced adapters that will enable you to use the rest of the standard Alpha lens line on these little guys.

Mark Regalia
(markr) - MLife

Locale: Santa Cruz
Close but not there yet, for me on 05/12/2010 16:08:01 MDT Print View

I did a quick read of the dpreview article. The cameras fail a critical test for me. It has no optical viewfinder coupled with no built in image stabilization. I find the lack of both results in a much less usable camera. You have to hold the camera out in front of you to shoot, which makes it shake much worse. W/o image stabilization you have probably lost 2 f stops of usable sensitivity. At least for a shaky sort like me.

Also, being a older guy I have to wear reading glasses to use the view screen. I hate that.

Apparently they have some lenses with built in image stabilizing, but I rejected that approach years ago when I chose my first dSLR. It seemed the selection of lenses was always very weak and the cost very high.

Ironically I chose a Konica/Minola dSLR, which means I am now shooting with a Sony. I never thought Sony understood the market that well.

Too bad, I like the form factor.

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: Melbourne
Sony NEX on 05/12/2010 16:45:17 MDT Print View

It is a mini camera with a mini system..
There are only three lenses so far designed for it. The two zooms have a built in stabiliser , the 24mm equivalent does not, however not that important at that focal length.
I don't think that holding the camera against the face is any more stable than holding it at chest level having the arms resting against the chest, the way we used to shoot with TLR's (Rolleiflex)
But there is a market here for a hood to help minimising glare.
Franco

Mark Regalia
(markr) - MLife

Locale: Santa Cruz
Good points on 05/12/2010 17:07:31 MDT Print View

I probably should have read a bit more thoroughly. Though, after using digital cameras with only a display and very poor optical viewfinders, going back to an SLR was shear joy. There is nothing that connects you to the act of taking a photo like having your eye up to a viewfinder, seeing the whole image, nothing but the image, and blocking out the distractions and glare.

I think you see an image that is closer to what the photo will be.

You are one with the camera, Grasshopper.

Rakesh Malik
(Tamerlin)

Locale: Cascadia
Re: Good points on 05/12/2010 17:24:28 MDT Print View

"There is nothing that connects you to the act of taking a photo like having your eye up to a viewfinder, seeing the whole image, nothing but the image, and blocking out the distractions and glare."

Viewfinder? Try a ground glass sometime ;)

Miguel Arboleda
(butuki) - MLife

Locale: Kanto Plain, Japan
Re: Good points on 05/12/2010 17:43:28 MDT Print View

Viewfinder? Try a ground glass sometime ;)

Except you have to be standing on your head when you look at it! ;^P

Ah, I remember my Yashika Twin Reflex with a lot of fond memories...

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: Melbourne
Sony NEX on 05/12/2010 18:35:56 MDT Print View

Mark
I am aware of what you are talking about.
Provably the only decent photographs I have taken in 30 years have been with the Leica M6 and the Olympus OM1/2.
I liked the Minolta X700 too.
Franco

Rakesh Malik
(Tamerlin)

Locale: Cascadia
Re: Re: Good points on 05/13/2010 00:06:15 MDT Print View

My Arca-Swiss monorail is the reason that I'm not a going to be an ultralight backpacker. :)

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: Good points on 05/13/2010 07:33:51 MDT Print View

Because you are a lightweight backpacker, you Can take the Arca-Swiss.

Rakesh Malik
(Tamerlin)

Locale: Cascadia
Re: Re: Good points on 05/13/2010 10:18:47 MDT Print View

That's entirely true -- actually the 4x5 is the reason that I'm going lightweight.

And as the owner and primary (read: only) photographer in White Crane Photography, that also means that backpacking is part of the job description ;)

This was, of course, part of the plan. Most people I know have it backward, thinking that I backpack because to photograph, but in reality it's the other way around. I suspect that there won't be a whole lot of people wondering "why?" around here.
:)

Justin McMinn
(akajut) - F

Locale: Central Oklahoma
Sony NEX Hands on Video on 05/23/2010 10:47:30 MDT Print View

http://www.engadget.com/2010/05/22/sony-alpha-nex-5-in-the-wild-plays-david-to-a330s-goliath/