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Sony NEX-5N with Sony 35mm F1.8 SAM on LA-EA1

Playing with the 5N + Sony 35mm F1.8 SAM with the LA-EA1 adapter. Half tempted to get the LA-EA2 if it comes up for a decent price.

Sharp lens but doesn’t seem quite as out of the camera saturated as the 24-70 zeiss. At least on initial impressions. Interesting bokeh, decently sharp starting at F3.5.

Overall, quite a bargain lens for having an internal AF motor. AF takes about 3-5 seconds on the 5N with the LA-EA1.

Sharp at F3.5, this looks way over sharpened due to FLICKR!

Interesting Lively bokeh, centrally sharp at F2

Decent 3D effect


Switzerland and Thoughts on Travel Photography


This is a continuation of a series from here: Iceland Photos


If you found this page via a online forum, I recommend visiting the link above. It has some personal shots you might not have seen in my original post.

The second leg of my journey took me to Zurich. I knew going into Switzerland that it would be very picturesque. What I didn’t know was how delicate the political situation is in Switzerland as well as the somewhat interesting melting pot yet immigrant fearing culture. I was surprised to find out that there is a Canton (sort of like a US State) in Switzerland that didn’t grant women the right to vote in elections until 1988. Astoundingly some political groups founded by women even opposed it!

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Part 2 of Switzerland

This is a continuation of Part 1 found here: Part 1

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Iceland

I recently took a European tour with two friends joining me for the first leg of it. Even though we were delayed 24 hours with the worst airline I’ve ever traveled (Iceland Express, make sure to travel Iceland Air), it was still quite worth it. We lost a day and a night in Iceland which made the more nervous/jumpy of us (Mike) almost want to cancel the trip. Fortunately we still ended up going and it was an amazing experience. The highlight for me was the Blue Lagoon, it was a singularly unique experience and makes all other thermal mineral spas seem quaint by comparison. The in pool bar and massages really bring the experience forward to another level.

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Iceland, Switzerland, France Travel Report for Friends

I recently took a European tour with two friends joining me for the first leg of it. Even though we were delayed 24 hours with the worst airline I’ve ever traveled (Iceland Express, make sure to travel Iceland Air), it was still quite worth it. We lost a day and a night in Iceland which made the more nervous/jumpy of us (Mike) almost want to cancel the trip. Fortunately we still ended up going and it was an amazing experience. The highlight for me was the Blue Lagoon, it was a singularly unique experience and makes all other thermal mineral spas seem quaint by comparison. The in pool bar and massages really bring the experience forward to another level.

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Processed Photos from Contax G 45mm F2 on NEX-5N

Here are some JPEG samples that were post processed from the NEX-5N. Come on Adobe, update ACR already!

This is an Extremely clear lens. It’s of course sharp but the contrast and clarity is phenomenal straight out of the camera. If you do end up picking an adapter to go along with NEX, at least get a name brand Fotodiox adapter. I had to send my generic ebay one back because of excessive grinding. If you have smaller hands the Metabones adapter is by far the best one to have, very smooth feel for an AF screw adapted lens.

Some experienced photographer say the G line of Contax lenses are the best that Zeiss has ever designed. While I can’t speak to the veracity of that, I have owned and used a very large variety of Zeiss lenses and I have to say, none of them have wow’d me as much as this lens has straight from the camera. The great minimum focus distance also makes it a bit flexible for compositions.

The weakness of the 45mm F2 lens is the bokeh. It’s a bit lively and condom like at F2, it calms down a bit at F2.8 but you will see octagonal highlights because of the fewer blades used for the aperture.

If you can deal with the APS-C focal length, I see these lenses jumping in value as mirror less cameras become more common place. Just an amazing lens to shoot with.

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Contax Zeiss 45mm F2 G on NEX-5N No Post Processed JPG out of camera

First, DO NOT buy the cheap ebay adapters, I’m returning mine to the sketchy seller. I purchased a Photodiox version and while it looks Identical on the exterior to the cheap ebay version, it doesn’t grind and stick. I also have a Metabones adapter on the way.

Another thing to keep in mind is that the Focus Peaking feature is pretty critical if you’re not using a viewfinder. I’ve finally gotten much better at figuring out how to use it. You can’t rely on it for critical focus. You will have to zoom in. But for focusing quickly, it will help you a lot. As you rack the focus you can see how your plane of focus shifts back and forth so this will be very useful in placing that where you want it. For low contrast objects however, it is often hard to see peaking highlights.

These are Out of Camera JPG with Noise on LOW and mode on Standard.

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Why you shouldn’t buy the Sony LA-EA2 Adapter

The Sony LA-EA2 adapter is a a follow on to the LA-EA1. What the LA-EA1 gave you was full aperture control functionality from the NEX line of cameras for your alpha mount Minolta and Sony lenses. The focus on the LA-EA1 was  still manual however.

The LA-EA1 was a compact adapter with a removable tripod mount. It was a high quality adapter and allowed you to use the very impressive stable of Sony and Minolta alpha mount lenses. I would recommend people pick up the LA-EA1 over the LA-EA2. Here’s why. (more…)


NEX-5N 18-55mm Kit Lens Impressions

NEX-5N with 18-55mm Kit Lens

What can you say about a kit lens. Competent, not exceptional, handy to have in your arsenal especially with the lack of native e-mount lenses. Autofocus is quick and silent, it’s a bit weaker… (more…)


NEX-5N Corners

Previously on the NEX-5 and NEX-3, the corners of images taken with wide angle lenses would get smeared. This was thought to have occurred… (more…)


NEX-5N Initial Impressions and Photos

I received my NEX-5N two days ago from Beach Camera. Here are my initial impressions and some test shots.

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