"While it doesn't break a lot of new ground, the Sony Alpha NEX-6 provides two features that E-mount enthusiasts have been asking for: a physical mode dial, and an ISO standard hot shoe. Add the beautiful OLED electronic viewfinder from the NEX-7 and new Hybrid AF and Wi-Fi features from the NEX-5R to Sony's already impressive offerings, and you've got a pretty compelling product.
Like the other NEX models that share versions of its 16 Megapixel CMOS sensor, the NEX-6 produces very good quality images. Exposure is accurate, with the D-Range Optimizer providing just the right amount of contrast. Colors are vibrant and will be pleasing to the NEX-6's target audience. Photos don't display a lot of 'grainy' luminance noise, though that's at the expense of fine detail, such as hair or grass (even at low ISOs). For best results, you'll want to shoot RAW, which not only brings back some of that detail, but it also gives you access to shadows and highlights that were otherwise lost. The NEX-6 automatically reduces various lens issues, such as chromatic aberrations, distortion, and vignetting."
Gosh, look at how tiny the NEX-3N newcomer is! Unfortunately it gets smaller on some features too: Lower LCD resolution, far lower FPS speed, and lower max Iso sensitivity, although the latter is probably a good thing, Iso 16000 should be more than enough for every high-Iso watercolor artifacts fan.
"The new Sony NEX-3N is this year's update to the Sony NEX-F3, and features a whole new body, as well as improvements to image quality thanks to a new BOINZ image processing engine. The new body is much more compact than other Sony NEX-3 series cameras, and is designed to look less "plasticy" than . . . read more
Yes, this thing weights as much as a McDonalds quarter pounder-without the cheese. Sony has even managed to squeeze a pop-up flash and a 180° tiltable 3-inch LCD screen in there, but that's pretty much the end of the fanciness list, after all this is the entry level model of the NEX range. Sony Press Release:
Easy to handle, easy to use - the new Sony NEX-3N puts pro-quality images in everyone’s reach
The world’s smallest, lightest interchangeable lens camera*, weighing just 210g . . . read more
Source is as usual our favorite suspect,the Japanese Digicame.info site. List of goodies: The NEX-3n, entry level NEX camera, the A58 aps-c sized 20 Megapixel Dslt camera, and 3 new lenses: Sony 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM II, 70-400mm f/4-5.6G SSM II and the Sony Zeiss Planar T* 50mm f/1.4 ZA SSM. Compared to the prototypes displayed at CP+ the final versions of the lenses appear to have at least some cosmetic differences, such as in color, and name plate position. . . . read more
Adam's describes himself as an 'avid amateur mediocre photographer' and his main camera is a Canon 5D Mark III used with a hoard of Canon prime lenses, but this time he talks mostly about his Sony NEX cameras and the Metabones Speed Booster NEX to EF lens adapter, and how his mind got blown to pieces when he realized what it does-and that it works:
"Adam and Norm talk about photography as a hobby and review the Metabones Speed Booster, a new lens adapter connects Canon full-frame lenses to Sony's compact cameras. With side-by-side photo comparisons, we show why this is a piece of hardware that is very exciting for Adam's needs."
I learned something today: Photozone.de now sells lenses...in Australia? Anyway, the Sigma lens seems to be an excellent performer, to the point of outresolving the NEX-7. I wonder how much better the new 'Art" series 30mm DN lens will be:
"The Sigma AF 30mm f/2.8 EX DN is capable of delivering an outstanding center performance straight from f/2.8 - it even broke the existing record for the Sony NEX 7 as of the time of this review. The lens is basically "diffraction-limited" in the image center so stopping down has no effect on the center performance anymore. The outer image regions reach a good level at f/2.8 and improve to very good (just) figures at f/4 to f/8. The overall performance diminishes from f/11 onward - this is a typical diffraction effect and no problem of the lens. . . . read more
Ali tested the camera with the 18-55mm kit zoom lens:
"The Sony NEX-R5 shows how compact system cameras are really coming into their own. The design doesn't have to rely on retro chic, but instead uses modern research and development to create a compact body shape that both fits the electronics and also feels comfortable to hold. The merging of the tilting screen design from the Sony NEX-F3 and the control dial feature of the Sony NEX-7 make this a very user-friendly camera for both the beginner and intermediate photographer. . . . read more
This evaluation by the Diallo & Butler duo focuses more on stills photography rather than video, and this is why we like it. Nice explanation of the focal reducer technology, and with/without the SpeedBooster adapter side-by-side pics. . . . read more
Dave takes a look at the bottom end offerings in the mirrorless price scale-before it gets occupied by 'Polaroids' and 'Kodaks'. As usual in a Imaging Resource camera review, there's an excellent accompanying print quality section.
"In late 2011, Sony's NEX-C3 compact system camera brought the versatility of interchangeable-lens shooting and the size advantage of a NEX-series mirrorless design into the hands of more photographers. The Sony NEX-F3 follows in the footsteps of that model, and while its new stair-stepped grip design makes it look quite different, it retains much of what we appreciated about its predecessor, while bringing some worthwhile improvements.
Key among these for consumer photographers is its new articulation mechanism for the rear-panel LCD, which now lets it . . . read more
Yes, the the very same nuts from Crisis Labs reviews with the bats, and semi-nude models and all that. They take on a slightly more serious and hi-tech tone in this review, with RC Helicopters, IR suits, and... bats.
"The Sony actually did quite well, and if size (for travel) is a concern, I'd suggest this one. It's just a hair behind I think in the image metrics, but not in a huge way. The focus issue did drive me crazy. Maybe there's a menu option I didn't see that prevents it from going to sleep. I actually had to reshoot the sharpness (helicopter) comparison because it did that same focus thing to me. That's why when it did it again for the dancing, I decided to leave it in the video that way. It has focus peaking (that shows you a highlighted version of in-focus areas on the display) which really helps with video, and I doubt this issue would ever come up when shooting stills. It's a solid camera, very similar to Canon in image quality, great if you're a space-conscious traveller. . . . read more
The Sony NEX mount is no longer the one with more cameras than lenses. Since we first wrote that, a year ago, Sony has unveiled a handful of new glassware, including the fantastic 10-18mm f/4.0 OSS. Today they unveil another Pancake, the not very ambitious 20mm f/2.8 and the motorized E 18-200mm OSS Power Zoom, a lens that previously existed as the kit lens of the NEX-VG900 video camera. On compatible Sony camcorders the lens can be zoomed via rockers on the body, making up for some nice smooth & steady zooming action. On the other hand the 20mm f/2.8 is in no way remarkable, except for its relatively high price. . . . read more
Hooray, a Speed-Booster review made for photographers! So, how did it do? As Roger found out, there are good news, but also bad ones:
"I think it was pretty obvious that I came armed for battle, ready to slam this product as some marketing overhype. I was wrong less correct than I might have been. The Speed Booster does what they claimed it would do, much to my shock and surprise. It creates a wider-angle, greater aperture lens while retaining resolution and acutance. It does increase astigmatism a bit, although I doubt this will cause anyone problems unless someone is trying to shoot landscape . . . read more
The kind of, outlandish claims of the Speed Booster makers, seem to be confirmed by yet another review, with phrases like this "You will not find a wide angle (24mm equiv.) F1.0 anywhere on the market. Yet suddenly here you are shooting with one on a crop sensor!!" and this: "Your NEX 7 becomes a ‘NEX 9′ full frame Canon mount mirrorless camera."
Eos HD tested the Sony NEX to Canon EF lens mount adapter version of the SpeedBooster:
"Because full frame is a ‘premium’ photography product, the Japanese corporate machine has been mindful of limiting supply of full frame cameras in order to maintain inflated prices and margins. We waited a long time for the D800 and 5D Mark III and it is only now in 2013 that for the first time we have two ‘affordable’ full frame DSLRs with stripped down features – the D600 and 6D. Neither do very good video. So to have that full frame look when I need it on my Sony video camera is a real blessing. . . . read more
The lenses in question are the Sigma 19mm f/2.8 EX DN and 30mm f/2.8 EX DN for Sony, and there seem to be no hooks attached. Lucky 'Muricans :)
We got some highlights in case the file goes away, but hey, the whole document is worthy of a read. Especially for micro 4/3 camera owners :) Check out the interesting section 17 about the usage of a similar technique by Stanley Kubrick during the shooting of Barry Lyndon.
The Speed Booster – a New Type of Optical Attachement for Increasing the Speed of Photographic Lenses
Brian Caldwell, Caldwell Photographic Inc.
and Wilfried Bittner, WB Design
1) Introduction . . . read more
Metabones and Caldwell Photographic introduce Speed Booster
Petersburg, VA, USA, January 14, 2013 - Metabones® and Caldwell Photographic jointly announce a revolutionary accessory called Speed Booster™, which mounts between a mirrorless camera and a SLR lens. It increases maximum aperture by 1 stop (hence its name), increases MTF and has a focal length multiplier of 0.71x. For example, the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II lens becomes a 59mm f/0.9 lens on a Sony NEX camera, with increased sharpness. The faster F-stop allows for shallow depth-of-field and a lower ISO setting for decreased noise. . . . read more
Bryant also managed to semi-use an EF-S lens, the Tokina 11-16mm. While the lens did vignette, it was usable at the 14-16mm range.
"It seems like everything aligned perfectly for this thing to be engineered by some really smart folks, and it’s definitely going to pay off. When I first threw the Speed Booster adapter on, I could instantly tell the difference in depth of field. an ƒ1.0 is very, very shallow. You may be thinking, “Well sure you can throw glass behind glass, but the sharpness of the lens will be lessened because of a whole lot of aberrations and what not.” After doing some test, I can confirm that this adapter appears . . . read more
"When I first found out that Sony came up with yet another mirrorless camera segment with the introduction of the NEX-6, I asked myself if it was really necessary to have so many different cameras to offer. Without a doubt, the mirrorless camera market is growing very fast. However, with 4 different camera segments that share a lot of the same technology, isn’t Sony bombarding potential customers with confusing choices? Then I remembered the DSLR market and realized that it is also divided to similar segments, while the Olympus/Panasonic alliance has even more choices. So considering the price of the low-end NEX-F3 and the high-end NEX-7, creating a more affordable segment is actually a . . . read more
"The Sony NEX-6 is a pretty remarkable camera. Though it isn't the flagship NEX model, I can quickly see it overtaking the NEX-7 in popularity at the top end of the NEX range. There are those for whom anything less than 24 Megapixels just won't do and who love the control that three-dial operation provides, but, beyond a tougher body, mic input and a few other refinements there's little else to justify the higher cost of the NEX-7. Give up those headline features and, for less money, you not only get the benefit of improvements including hybrid AF, a standard hotshoe that also accepts Sony . . . read more
Note: Ming Thein will give the camera away to one of his readers, as he explains: "Note: We’re still giving this camera away. Tomorrow, I’m going to explain how – there will of course be a photographic competition involved!"
"So how would I describe the tonal characteristics of this camera? In a nutshell, it produces B&Ws that are warm and rounded, if there’s such a thing. The sharpness is there but it’s not biting; the tones are rich and deep. If used with better glass, I think it would really sing – especially for portraiture. Skin looks baby-soft. Don’t use it in colour, it looks horrible due to pollution of the blue and red channels by UV and IR respectively. However, note that with a visible blocking filter over the lens, you could shoot either IR or UV without issue. The camera also gains some sensitivity – about 1-1.5 . . . read more
Nasim's review include some nice noise comparisons to the Olympus E-M5, Nikon 1, Sony NEX-7 and Canon EOS M:
"Overall, I am very impressed by the Sony NEX-5R, just like I was impressed with the NEX-5N. It is a high-quality camera with excellent image quality characteristics and much improved autofocus performance. As you can see from the previous page of this review, the Sony NEX-5R easily beats the Nikon 1 system and does extremely well when compared to other cameras from Olympus, Canon and Sony. . . . read more
"What a time we live in, I have all of the features I could have ever dreamed of but I’m still bitching because it’s not good enough. When it comes to being a camera it is amazing, I loved my time with the NEX-6. When this camera came out and I saw the spec list I thought this is it, this is the camera I have been waiting for. I have never wanted the NEX-7 because I am a lowlight shooter and in my opinion that sensor was never any good passed ISO 1600. . . . read more
This is a Sans Mirror award, so, fans of mirrors and smoke please look elsewhere. Thom's nominees include the Sony NEX-6, the Panasonic GH3, and the Fujifilm X-E1:
"The E-M5's image quality is good enough that it basically replaced my Nikon D7000 (DX DSLR) as my hike-deep-into-the-backcountry camera. Why? Because I gave up nothing terribly significant in the sensor, but lost weight and size while gaining some exceptional small lenses (Note to Nikon: please get off your butt and make some more, and better, DX . . . read more
Two things are amazing about this comparison: First, the amount of detail these small sensors can resolve nowadays. And second, how susceptible they have become to moire due to weak or absent antialiasing filter. There are full sized samples from each camera, a bit further down the page, one for a jpeg straight from the camera and another jpeg converted from Lightroom. Oh, there's another amazing thing, the amount of screw-ups Google translator can do on a simple page as this: . . . read more
Both apps provide a 'first ever' for a Sony camera, and especially the 'Cinema-Photo' Cinemagraph app should be a first in any camera ever. The time-lapse app costs $9.99 and it has 8 time-lapse themes available: Cloudy Sky, Night Sky, Night Scene, Sunset, Sunrise, Miniature, Standard, Custom. You can choose to save the still images as a series of photos instead of a movie. The app sets everything for you, you only have to choose a theme that closely matches what you're trying to shoot.
Cinema-Photo costs a lot less, $4.99 only, and according to Sony: . . . read more
Sony Alpha Rumors claim to have this information set in stone:
"In summary, in about one year the NEX world will expand into the High End Pro market. And this may be a bad news for the Leica M system! I know you have many questions about lenses, specs and so on. I am working on that and as you imagine it’s not easy to get specs about a camera which features are being tested and changed every couple of weeks. . . . read more
Coosing your camera carefully is even more important when you do so for underwater photography, as this kind of houses and their accesories can cost as much (or more, in some cases) as the camera itself.
Nauticam Press Release
Nauticam is extremely pleased to present the newest addition to Nauticam’s extensive array of housings for the . . . read more
"The NEX-6 may be the best mirrorless camera Sony's ever made, but there's no doubt that its $1,000 kit price tag will be a turnoff to more than a few potential buyers. Still, we're growing ever more faithful in the E-mount ecosystem, and regardless of your budget, there's something for you at Sony. If cash is tight, we still wouldn't hesitate to pick up the NEX-C3. This may be last year's entry-level flavor, but it's a solid performer, and a fantastic value at under $400 with a lens (used). . . . read more
"So why the Fuji X-E1 then?
- This might sound crazy to a lot of people, but one of the first reasons why I ended up choosing the X-E1 is because that camera just looks beautiful. It smells like photography, It’s like it’s calling you to take it with you and go shoot something! Whether ugly tools are as good as nice looking ones to craft beautiful art is a tough question, I’ll leave it up to you All I know is that the form of this camera is almost inspiring.
- I love the dedicated dials to set the shutter speed and exposure compensation, and the aperture settings directly on . . . read more
"Sony is having a huge 2012 and as we approach 2013 I have a feeling they will be very successful with their latest and greatest camera releases. The RX1 made “Camera of the Year” for me and I stand behind that one 100%. As for the NEX cameras, well, they are NEX’s! You know what to expect if you have ever shot with one and these are basically the same as the ones that came before with some refinements, enhancements and new lenses.
They are more mature but at the same time they throw in even more features which make them feel like mini . . . read more