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June 7, 2012

The New Sony Gear is Here!! Quick Intro HD Video showing off the Gear and More!!

Intro Movie to the New Gear

The New Sony Gear is here and I filmed a little intro video to show it off a bit. I also un-boxed the LA-EA2 lens adapter as a reader requested it. I have a lot of stuff to review here!!

Here’s what showed up Yesterday; The Sony Nex-5n, Sony E-Mount 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens, Sony LA-EA2 E-Mount to A-Mount lens Adapter with phase detection autofocus, Sony A-Mount DT 35mm f/1.8 Lens, Sigma E-Mount 19mm f/2.8 EX DN lens and the Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN lens.

If you have any requests, questions, or comments, please just fire away below and I will try my best to help you out ;)

Intro to the New Gear

Be sure to select the 720p HD option in the player options towards the bottom right. That will insure the best viewing experience for full screen playback in particular!!

 

New Gear Details:

 

Sony Nex-5n

Sony Nex-5n

I reviewed the Sony Nex-5N already, and I own the Nex-7, but it’s totally disassembled in the Lab! So, I needed a Nex camera body for testing purposes and opted for the Nex-5N again as I love the 16mp sensor!! I would went for the New Nex-F3, but it’s not out yet unfortunatly.

Price: ~$598 @ BHPhoto (Click Here)

 

Sony A-Mount Lens to NEX Camera Mount Adapter -  LA-EA2

LA-EA2The La-Ea2 lens adapter is an amazing piece of camera hardware that pretty much turns your Nex camera into a Phase Detection Autofocus Monster that will except all A-Mount Lenses. That is correct, you can use all A-Mount lenses on your Nex Camera with this adapter, and have killer fast Autofocus!! So needless to say I’m excited about getting it!!

Product Highlights

  • Translucent Mirror Technology Built-In
  • TTL Phase Detection AF: Video & Stills
  • Adapt A-Mount Lenses to NEX Cameras
  • AE Support

Price: ~$319.95 @ BHPhoto (Click Here)

 

Sony DT 35mm f/1.8 SAM Lens

The Sony DT 35mm f/1.8 SAM Lens is designed for D-SLR cameras with DX-format sensors, so the lens has a 52.5mm equivalent focal length. This is perfect for snapshots and portraits under a wide range of shooting conditions. The ultra fast f/1.8 wide-open aperture along with the 7-blade circular diaphragm allows you to work in low light, and with a minimum focus distance of 9.05″ (0.23m) the lens allows you to get in close to your subject.

Sony DT 35mm f/1.8 SAM LensProduct Highlights

  • Design optimized for DX-format Sensors
  • DX-format has 52.5mm Equivalent
  • Large f/1.8 Maximum Aperture
  • Easy Choice Series Lens
  • Compact & Lightweight Only 6 oz (170g)
  • Minimum Focus 9.05″ (0.23m)
  • Smooth Autofocus Motor (SAM)
  • Focus Mode switch
  • 7-Blade Circular Diaphragm

Price: ~$319.95 @ BHPhoto (Click Here)

 

Sony 50mm F1.8mm lens – SEL50F18

The Sony 50mm f/1.8 is probably the most anticipated and wanted E-mount lens currently. I’ve been trying to get one for months now and I’m sure many of you are in the same boat. Basically what this lens offers is a fast aperture and excellent focal length for Portraits in particular. The F/1.8 aperture will allow for some killer separation from the backgrounds and also allow for extreme low light shooting. With the combination of the f/1.8 aperture and Optical Steadyshot built in, this could be one of the best low light lens on the market in my opinion. For the Money of course, mind you ;)

Sony E-Mount 50mm f/1.8 Telephoto Lens Key Features:

  • Large f/1.8 Aperture
  • Direct Manual Focus (DMF)
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Image Stabilization
  • Smooth and quiet high-speed focusing
  • Weight (Approx.) : 7.25oz (202g)

Price: ~$299.99 @ BHPhoto (Click Here)

 

Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN Lens

The Sigma E-Mount 30mm f/2.8 EX DN Lens  is a prime lens designed specifically for mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. This 30mm lens is equivalent to a 45mm lens in 35mm format and provides a 50.7° angle of view. A very nice fixed focal length to work with on a crop factor sensor like the Sony Nex-5n I might add.

Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN Lens for Sony E Mount CamerasKey Features:

  • 30mm f/2.8 Lens
  • Equivalent to 45mm in 35mm
  • For Sony E Mount Camera
  • Aspherical Design Prevents Distortion
  • Focuses to 11.81″ (30cm)
  • Multi-Coating Reduces Ghosting and Flare
  • Linear AF Motor for Quiet Operation

Price: ~$199 @ BHPhoto (Click Here)

 

Sigma 19mm f/2.8 EX DN Lens for Sony E Mount Camera

Sigma 19mm f/2.8 EX DN Lens for Sony E Mount Camera The 19mm f/2.8 EX DN Lens for Sony E Mount Camera from Sigma is a Digital Neo (DN) lens specifically designed for mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. On a Sony E mount camera (NEX), its focal length is equivalent to 28.5mm. It has a newly developed linear AF motor for swift and accurate autofocus, making it ideal for video as well as still photography. Three glass mold aspherical lenses offer excellent correction for distortion, color aberration and field curvature. The inner focusing system corrects the fluctuation of aberration to maintain image quality regardless of the focal distance. Multi-layer coating reduces flare and ghosting, and provides sharp and contrasty images even at the maximum aperture. The seven blades of the diaphragm produce a pleasing quality in the out-of-focus areas of an image (bokeh).

Features:

  • Digital Neo (DN) high performance lens designed exclusively for mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras
  • Ultra compact construction weighing only 4.9 oz and measuring 1.8 inches in length
  • Newly developed linear AF motor ensures accurate and quiet autofocusing, making the lens ideal for video recording as well as still photos

Price: ~$199 @ BHPhoto (Click Here)

 

Closing Remarks

I certainly have my hands full of lenses and gear, so be sure to let me know if you want any particular test shots, video footage, or whatever ;)  I literally just finished photographing the gear down in the lab and I have one quick shot I wanted to share. I’ll have all the product shots up tomorrow at some point, so be sure to check back later!!

Have a goodnight all,

Jay


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10 Comments


  1. Hey Jay,

    It looks like quite a lineup there. I really want to find out if the LEA2 Adapter would work with a telephoto Sigma A-mount lenses. If you have any Telephoto Sigma A mount, do you mind giving it a spin with the LEA2 for us? I really want to get a super-telephoto but can only afford Sigma.

    I would have tried it myself, but at the photoshow here in Toronto Sony wouldn’t let me walk over with a LEA2 to the Sigma booth and Sigma wouldn’t let me walk over with their 200-500 f2.8 to the Sony booth. (Truthfully though, the said it was ok, but we all knew I couldn’t lift that beast)


    • Jay

      Hello Talesh,

      Great question, and yes the Sigma and Tamron A-Mount lenses will work seamlessly with the LA-EA2 adapter. If you want I can get the Sigma 70-200mm in a week or so and try it out. I’ve been wanting to try that lens anyhow ;) All I have currently in the A-Mount is the 35mm f/1.8 Sony.

      Best,
      Jay


      • Talesh

        If you can do a mini review of the Sigma 70-200 with the LEA2 that would be awesome! Looking forward to your upcoming articles about all the new gear you showed! If I know it will work well, this would hopefully allow me to break into my dream—some wildlife photography. As right now I am limited to used rangefinder primes.


      • Jay

        I’ll see what I can do Talesh ;)

        Best,
        Jay


  2. Craig Adams

    Can you comment on you tests of the NEX 5N focusing speed of E mount 55-210 compared to similar zoom A Mount using the LA-EA2. I have NEX 5N and very happy with it except with focusing speed when trying to take pictures of kids playing sports such as soccer and hockey.


    • Jay

      Hi Craig, The focusing speed using the LA-EA2 adapter is going to be Much faster!! The Phase detection AF vs the native Contrast AF of the Nex-5n are not in the same league.

      It basically turns the Nex-5n into an A65 as far as the Autofocus system is concerned. Accuracy is about the same, but speed is much faster using an A-Mount lens with the LA-EA2 adapter.

      Best,
      Jay


  3. I have both the Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 and 17-50mm f2.8 optically stabilized lenses. I use them with the LA-EA2 on the NEX7, FS100 and VG20 and both lenses are amazing. AF is super fast and accurate, OS is great and the lenses are super sharp and accurate. The 17-50 is so nice, that I will no longer use the kit 18-55 e-mount lens. While the Alpha Sigma lens is much bigger it is in a different league in all aspects and with the current rebates in effect until the end of June, I highly recommend both lenses. Now I just wish Sigma would release a stabilized version of their 24-70.


    • Jay

      Eli,

      Thank you so much for sharing your experience with the LA-EA2, lenses, cameras, and video cameras!! It was extremely informative and helpful to a ton of readers including myself ;)

      Looks like I definitely need to review a few more lenses Eli. It also makes sense that the Sigma 17-50mm will perform better than the E-Mount kit as size does matter when it comes to lenses!

      Are you finding the extended use with the adapter a burden at all? I imagine many wonder why you would not just go for the A57 or the A77 if you always use the LA-EA2 adapter? My guess is, you still use the Nex-7 in compact mode at times??

      Speaking of Sigma, the 19mm and 30mm E-Mount Sigma lenses appear to be really sharp as well on my initial tests!!

      Here is the Link to the Current Sigma Rebates >>>

      Best,
      Jay


  4. I’m a documentary and commercial director, but a still photo enthusiast, and purchased the LA-EA2 adapters thinking I would use them solely for my pro video work and mainly with my FS100 and soon to arrive FS700s. My main video camera has been a Sony F3 and the thought was to have comparable lens quality, but with stabilization and auto options when necessary. I started using the adapter on the NEX-7 just for test purposes, but have loved the quality of the Sigma lenses so much, that it’s tough to go back to the kit lens, with the exception of when I want to be super mobile and quality is less of a concern than portability.

    The adapter does cancel out the size benefit of the NEX series cameras and the most annoying thing is that it sits below the base of the camera, making it awkward to put the camera down on a table. As soon as better, faster, smaller e-mount zoom lenses, with constant f-stops are released, the adapter will sit quietly in the video bags.

    I love the image quality and weight of the 19mm & 30mm Sigma e-mount lenses and sold the Sony 16mm pancake after comparing it to the Sigma 19mm. Since I also own the beautiful Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 Alpha mount lens and the Pro-Optics 8mm Nikon mount fisheye lens, I figured I was ok on the super wide and love the crispness of the Sigma 19. I do find with both the 19 and the 30 that the focus motor disengages at times and just doesn’t work until I restart the camera and then everything works fine again. Please let me know if you experience this behavior with either lens. I’m probably going to have the lenses replaced if this continues. At first I thought it was something I did wrong, but it’s happened a few times and since the restart fixes the issue, I’m pretty sure it’s not just user error.

    Thank you for reviewing all of the new gear. It’s great to compare your reviews with my personal experience with the same gear. To answer your question about the A57 or A77 – I purchased the NEX-7 to have a smaller still photo option, that had a matching lens mount to the FS100. I sold my Canon T3i after seeing the quality and ease of use of the NEX-7. Using the adapter makes absolutely no ergonomic sense, but image quality has won, and now that I have made the switch to the Sony side in the photo world, I am waiting for the A99, or whatever the next full-frame camera is called, before buying another full size still camera. Of course, then the non-full frame lenses won’t play well, and I’ll need to buy more gear. That’s probably a much longer answer than expected, but I’ve been debating the same question for months. Thanks.


    • Jay

      ELi,

      You are the Man!! Thank you so much for sharing all this info and detailed experience with the LA-EA2 and other gear!

      I’m a documentary and commercial director, but a still photo enthusiast, and purchased the LA-EA2 adapters thinking I would use them solely for my pro video work and mainly with my FS100 and soon to arrive FS700s. My main video camera has been a Sony F3 and the thought was to have comparable lens quality, but with stabilization and auto options when necessary. I started using the adapter on the NEX-7 just for test purposes, but have loved the quality of the Sigma lenses so much, that it’s tough to go back to the kit lens, with the exception of when I want to be super mobile and quality is less of a concern than portability.

      Sounds like a cool job, and your logic makes a lot of sense!!

      The adapter does cancel out the size benefit of the NEX series cameras and the most annoying thing is that it sits below the base of the camera, making it awkward to put the camera down on a table. As soon as better, faster, smaller e-mount zoom lenses, with constant f-stops are released, the adapter will sit quietly in the video bags.

      Yeah, I noticed this as well. Although with a small lens like the A-Mount 35mm f/1.8 and Nex-5n, it actually balances on the LA-EA2 adapter tri-pod mount. With a larger lens it would certainly lens towards the lens side.

      I love the image quality and weight of the 19mm & 30mm Sigma e-mount lenses and sold the Sony 16mm pancake after comparing it to the Sigma 19mm. Since I also own the beautiful Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 Alpha mount lens and the Pro-Optics 8mm Nikon mount fisheye lens, I figured I was ok on the super wide and love the crispness of the Sigma 19. I do find with both the 19 and the 30 that the focus motor disengages at times and just doesn’t work until I restart the camera and then everything works fine again. Please let me know if you experience this behavior with either lens. I’m probably going to have the lenses replaced if this continues. At first I thought it was something I did wrong, but it’s happened a few times and since the restart fixes the issue, I’m pretty sure it’s not just user error.

      I have not tried the Sigma 19mm yet (hopefully today) but I’m really looking forward to it now! I honestly thought the 16mm was a pretty solid lens for the money, but if you have the Tokina 11-16mm and the 8mm fisheye, their is no need at all for that lens at all in your gear collection!!

      I have not had that AF Motor issue with the sigma lenses, but now that you mention it, it did happen with the A57 and the Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 Lens. It only happened once though, and I assumed it was user error of some kind. Hmmmn Sleep mode glitch perhaps?

      Thank you for reviewing all of the new gear. It’s great to compare your reviews with my personal experience with the same gear. To answer your question about the A57 or A77 – I purchased the NEX-7 to have a smaller still photo option, that had a matching lens mount to the FS100. I sold my Canon T3i after seeing the quality and ease of use of the NEX-7. Using the adapter makes absolutely no ergonomic sense, but image quality has won, and now that I have made the switch to the Sony side in the photo world, I am waiting for the A99, or whatever the next full-frame camera is called, before buying another full size still camera. Of course, then the non-full frame lenses won’t play well, and I’ll need to buy more gear. That’s probably a much longer answer than expected, but I’ve been debating the same question for months. Thanks.

      I’m glad to here you sold the T3i as I get asked often if that is better than the A57 or Nex-5n etc.. I always say, you cannot beat the image quality of the Sony cameras!! They make the best sensors, and in the end isn’t image quality what really matters?? I think so.

      It’s also interesting to hear how you came from the video camera side looking to share E-Mount lenses, but wanted a smaller better quality camera basically.

      I’m totally with you on the Full Frame A99 upgrade if it proves to be worth it of course. I’m also interested in a Full Frame Hybrid model!! That will require me to pretty much sell all my Pro Canon gear and lenses to make the official switch. I don’t want to do that mind you, but I clearly can’t afford to buy anything over $500 for some time. I love Layla to death, but man are kids expensive!! I wish I could keep both systems as I really do love the 5D Mark II and L lenses I own. Top quality Pro Gear is hard to beat no matter who makes it really. I’ll probably keep a few prime lenses for portrait work as I do enjoy that and will take it up again once the studio is done.

      You cannot beat the Full Frame depth of field advantages in particular, and I would imagine that your video work would benefit from that as well?? I guess it depends what type of video your doing. I’m not that fluent with the video stuff.

      You shooting Raw or jpeg out of curiosity?

      Thank You for sharing all of your experiences as it’s incredible valuable information. There just isn’t that many Honest Real World reviews out there from experienced Pro’s, so when you come across information like yours, it’s priceless ;)

      Thanks again Eli, and have a great week,
      Jay



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