Nex 5n, macro, flash, kit zoom, +10 diopter

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Nex 5n, macro, flash, kit zoom, +10 diopter
Aug 5, 2012

Got my Nex 5n about a month ago. I really got it pretty much just for shooting macro shots of small flowers/plants. I chose it for the full size APS-C sensor (over the micro 4/3 cameras) and the availability of "focus peaking". My wife and I are in our 60's and our ability to see critical focus while shooting is apparently less than what is needed! The focus peaking is a welcome aid!

I've been shooting 35mm film since 1973 and have owned a SLR with macro lens previously. We joined the digital revolution 15 years ago (with various Point & Shoots) but only now found models with large sensors with the features we wanted (tilt viewing screen, full time live mode, etc.). I'm holding out to buy a macro lens until the Tamron 60mm F2.0 macro comes out in a native emount for the Nex.

I shot these two today with the kit zoom (F11), auto focus (with focus peaking) and flash with a home made flash diffuser / director to avoid creating a shadow from the lens. The flash diffuser is cardboard lined with aluminum foil.

These tiny cacti are grown from seed and are about the size of match heads now.

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