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Post Options Post Options   Quote k9tales Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 October 2012 at 18:29
I'm getting a NEX 5N from a Dyxum forum member and aside from using my A mounts and a CZ Jena DDR and Pentax 35mm f 1.8 I'm very interested in trying a Canon or Nikon lens on the NEX.
Can anyone be so kind as to recommend either for close up work or macro?
Or anything other than.
I know nothing of either Canon or Nikon, but have been very curious to try something different and now I could do that with the NEX.

If this is not the place to ask, I apologize and don't mind my query moved to another forum topic.

And I too appreciate the wealth of knowledge and willingness to share it with anyone and everyone on this great forum and sometimes beyond!

Thanks,
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Steve-S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 October 2012 at 19:18
Originally posted by k9tales k9tales wrote:

I'm getting a NEX 5N from a Dyxum forum member and aside from using my A mounts and a CZ Jena DDR and Pentax 35mm f 1.8 I'm very interested in trying a Canon or Nikon lens on the NEX.
Can anyone be so kind as to recommend either for close up work or macro?
Or anything other than.
I know nothing of either Canon or Nikon, but have been very curious to try something different and now I could do that with the NEX.

If this is not the place to ask, I apologize and don't mind my query moved to another forum topic.

And I too appreciate the wealth of knowledge and willingness to share it with anyone and everyone on this great forum and sometimes beyond!

Thanks,
Lynn
Both C & N make fine lenses. So far as I know, they're more or less on-par for macro work (except for the 1x-5x ultra-macro from Canon). On the other hand, MinO and Sony (and Sigma and Tamron) have very fine macro's, too... in native Amount! Mostly, CaNikon don't seem to have any advantage here, that I've seen; others may be more-informed (well, some certainly are more-informed... But some may actually have better info on this topic than I do).

One thing (but this may just be my misunderstanding of what you wrote above): because the registration/flange distance is so short on the Emount, adapters (despite being simple mechanical tubes like a closeup tube) do NOT act as close-up adapters. For macro work, you still need a macro lens, or you need to stack a closeup tube in addition to your mount-to-mount adapter.

All that out of the way... at this point, I'd probably go with Canon, simply because Metabones' Canon-adapter is further along in development, and their Nikon adapter is apparently only planned, not yet in development (I think they're doing a Contax/Leica adapter before the Nikon...?). They seem to have the most-advanced adapters going, with full electronic functionality & control for EF lenses. You can start with a cheap-o pure-mechanical adapter if you like to go in for less money, and move up to the electronic-control ones when/if you decide it's a path you like. Or if your finances permit, jump straight in at the pricier end of the pool...


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Post Options Post Options   Quote waldo_posth Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 October 2012 at 19:35
Originally posted by k9tales k9tales wrote:

I'm very interested in trying a Canon or Nikon lens on the NEX.
Can anyone be so kind as to recommend either for close up work or macro?
Or anything other than.
I know nothing of either Canon or Nikon, but have been very curious to try something different and now I could do that with the NEX.



I would second Steve-S as to the availability of high quality macro lenses in A-mount. But the NEX opens a whole new world of third party (macro) lenses which - because they are MF and have somehow strange mounts are quite forgotten; look under the following names for MF macro lenses: Elicar, Panagor, Vivitar, Soligor and last but not least the Tamron adaptall lenses. With peaking and the magnifying loupe they are a joy to use on the NEX.


There are lots of adapters out there for the NEX. The most important feature of an adapter IMO is its capability to have infinity focus. There are expensive, high quality adapters (e.g. Novoflex, Voigtlander, Metabones) which work fine; they are also quite a couple of lesser known, more affordable quality brands (I would only recommend KIPON adapters here, never had any problems with them - KIPON also produces a shift adapter for Nikon lenses and a tilt-adapter for a range of lenses, but unfortunately so far there is no combined T/S adapter for the NEX).


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Let me just point to some other things concerning the Alpha system in connection with the NEX: There is quite a number of lens mounts you can adapt to an Alpha body: M42, Contax, Leica R, Voigtlander SLII (Nikon-Mount), Zeiss ZF (Nikon-Mount), Mamiya 645 (and all the lenses that can be adapted to the Mamiya 645 cameras). Via the LA-EA1/2/3 adapters you can mount them to a NEX camera as well. Most of them can be made "smart" by adding a chip that provides EXIF data (which also will enable in-body-stabilization for the lenses on Alpha bodies). Zoom lenses so far I have not seen as problematic - just program the max. focal length into the chip. This opens quite an interesting array of (MF) lenses (maybe you need another cubic meter of storage space!) for Alpha people.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote darosa Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 February 2013 at 22:55
I just received my (very cheap) Big-is adapter Konica AR > NEX, and I'm not happy with it. Like the one Bob reviewed in the OP, the Konica lens fits with a (fair) bit of play on this adapter too.

Can anyone recommend an adapter on which the Konica lens fits without play?

Thanks!

I will try to review some of my adapters too here!
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The metal used in some of these cheap adapters is quite soft - I firmed up my Konica AR adapter by putting a slight kink in the adapter flanges with a screwdriver..
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I put a thick rubber band between the Konica AR adapter and the lens (there was enough room ); problem solved.
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote gouldina Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 March 2013 at 14:16
Originally posted by waldo_posth waldo_posth wrote:

@Jocelynne
Let me just point to some other things concerning the Alpha system in connection with the NEX: There is quite a number of lens mounts you can adapt to an Alpha body: M42, Contax, Leica R, Voigtlander SLII (Nikon-Mount), Zeiss ZF (Nikon-Mount), Mamiya 645 (and all the lenses that can be adapted to the Mamiya 645 cameras). Via the LA-EA1/2/3 adapters you can mount them to a NEX camera as well. Most of them can be made "smart" by adding a chip that provides EXIF data (which also will enable in-body-stabilization for the lenses on Alpha bodies). Zoom lenses so far I have not seen as problematic - just program the max. focal length into the chip. This opens quite an interesting array of (MF) lenses (maybe you need another cubic meter of storage space!) for Alpha people.


What are the Mamiya lenses like? Anyone have any info on this?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Debra Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 March 2013 at 12:05
I am about to order a 5R wish it was a 5N 2nd hand lol..

I have looked at these adaptors and looked on ebay and amazon

I know its normally you get what you pay for.. the leica m can be very cheap, then about 22 pounds then 65 pounds..

I dont really want to pay 22 pounds at the moment.. so not sure what to do..

And for minolta lens.. I cant afford a sony auto focus.. and again many prices..

What adaptors have people bought for minolta.. has anyone bought a cheap manual one or paid more from third party..

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Originally posted by Debra Debra wrote:


What adaptors have people bought for minolta.. has anyone bought a cheap manual one or paid more from third party..


I bought a cheap manual one - it had two issues:

1. The aperture actuator did not work with all lenses. Fixed by turning the screw at the end of the actuator to adjust the length.

2. Did not allow close focus, because the distance between the flanges was slightly small. Fixed by making a thin "gasket" under the A-mount flange. It still supports infinity focus.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote MichaelMeyer Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 March 2013 at 03:04
I'm not sure if anyone has seen this yet, but Kipon has begun selling a pro tilt/shift adapter for NEX. The adapter is essentially a scaled down copy of the Mirex adapter. I bought a copy via *bay. The purchase was fairly painless, though I had to send the first adapter I received back because it did not fit properly.

I put a small first look up on my blog. Once I've done some more work with it I'll do a follow up.

Thought some here might find this interesting.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote terryg Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 March 2013 at 03:29
Originally posted by gouldina gouldina wrote:


What are the Mamiya lenses like? Anyone have any info on this?

Hi,

There is some discussion here on the Mamiya 645 lenses:
Mamiya 645 lenses on the Sony

All the best,
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Originally posted by MichaelMeyer MichaelMeyer wrote:

I'm not sure if anyone has seen this yet, but Kipon has begun selling a pro tilt/shift adapter for NEX. The adapter is essentially a scaled down copy of the Mirex adapter. I bought a copy via *bay. The purchase was fairly painless, though I had to send the first adapter I received back because it did not fit properly.

I put a small first look up on my blog. Once I've done some more work with it I'll do a follow up.

Thought some here might find this interesting.


Mike:

Interesting indeed.

Looks like an exact copy except for the removable rear plate and smaller front opening. How's the coverage with the Nikon lens?

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Post Options Post Options   Quote MichaelMeyer Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 March 2013 at 12:59
Pete-
I haven't done any formal testing, but anecdotally, after shooting a couple of client jobs, it looks to me like the coverage of the 35mm lenses covers the full APS-C sensor even at the full 15mm shift, thought it probably gets soft past 10mm of shift.

I've shot a lot with the 55mm Micro Nikkor with a standard adapter and now this T/S adapter and it performs beautifully on the NEX-7.

I'm more concerned how wide lenses will behave on it.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote cvicisso Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 March 2013 at 19:29
As I've mentioned in another thread in the Camera forum, I'm 'building' (more like disecting) a FULL-SPECTRUM NEX body (removing the IR filter on the sensor). Many have done this, and have offered some outstanding advice. The body that the surgery will be performed on will likely be a NEX-3 (price!) or a NEX-5N (features!). I don't have the extra body yet.

One of the major advantages to building a full-spectrum NEX (as opposed to another brand) is - like has been mentioned here - the plethora of lenses available via adapter. There's another big advantage (credit goes to Alex H) which leads me to my question...

Which of these adapters will allow (read: are 'deep enough') to fit a ~49-52mm filter with some sort of gasket rig to seal the light and make tight. That's right - I want to fit a filter INSIDE the adapter. This will allow ONE FILTER to be used on a range of glass (using the same adapter of course).

My interest is mainly ultra-wide angle IR photography (for now), so please feel free to make recomendations as to which lens/adapter/filter combinations will work best. I'm leaning towards an Alpha-NEX adapter because that will allow me to also use the lenses on my 'normal' NEX-6 (with my LA-EA2) adapter and retain full AF/aperture/EXIF functionality.

The LA-EA2 that I have is CERTAINLY not a contender for jamming a filter into it! The SLT 'stuff' takes up way too much room. But what about the 'dumb' Alpha-NEX adapters mentioned early in the post? It looks like they have an inner ring/baffle of some sort - which I think would aid in stabilizing the filter (with tape/gasket too).

Anyone use a PEN-F-to-NEX adapter? It's pretty thin - not sure a filter would fit. The Leica M-NEX is clearly too thin (and I don't have any Leica glass anyway!).

Long post - sorry. I'll stop here. Thanks in advance.
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