Manual lens on an NEX7 or Ricoh GXR

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nofumble
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Manual lens on an NEX7 or Ricoh GXR
Aug 10, 2011

I have several old manual lense but very fine optical quality (Zeiss, Nikon ED). Love to use them, but getting good focus is still a challenge even I used a chipped adapter over a Canon T2i. In low light, it hardly work.

The new Ricoh made me turn head the other day, and rumor on NEX7 elated me further.

What do you guy think? Am I getting overly excited?

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In reply to nofumble, Aug 10, 2011

The focus difficulty you have with a SLR are non-existent on a mirrorless camera like a NEX - whether or not you need/want an eye-level viewfinder.

I use only MF lenses on my NEX-5, I have absolutely no problem focusing any of them.

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In reply to nofumble, Aug 10, 2011

Remember the module (only the module, not the camera) is $649, that is without camera (costs an extra $300,--) then when you want a module for your Pentax lenses it will set you back an other $600,-- if the come with that module...

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Re: Manual lens on an NEX7 or Ricoh GXR
In reply to gfrensen, Aug 10, 2011

I bought the Nex for Sensor-camera size ratio.

If camera size matters for you then there's no doubt you have to go for Nex.

When camera size matters?
It's easier to say when it doesn't matter:

  • you make studio shots

  • You have an assistant that brings things for you

  • You are paid for doing the best photos possible

So, for me, it matters.

I brought my Nex su much more anywhere with me than I would with a DSLR.

Made so many photos ptherwise I would have missed!

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Re: Manual lens on an NEX7 or Ricoh GXR
In reply to John Bean (UK), Aug 10, 2011

John Bean (UK) wrote:

The focus difficulty you have with a SLR are non-existent on a mirrorless camera like a NEX - whether or not you need/want an eye-level viewfinder.

I use only MF lenses on my NEX-5, I have absolutely no problem focusing any of them.

Exactly. If you want to focus manual glass, no need for NEX-7 or GXR Leica module, NEX-5 would do just fine.

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It depends...
In reply to nofumble, Aug 10, 2011

...on what lenses you have. If you have wide angle lenses the Ricoh is better option because of the redesigned microlenses on the sensor ( for better resoluiton at wide agle). But it is more expensive (Body+module+good adapter). About the focus: you'll not find difference.

nofumble wrote:

I have several old manual lense but very fine optical quality (Zeiss, Nikon ED). Love to use them, but getting good focus is still a challenge even I used a chipped adapter over a Canon T2i. In low light, it hardly work.

The new Ricoh made me turn head the other day, and rumor on NEX7 elated me further.

What do you guy think? Am I getting overly excited?

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In reply to gianstam, Aug 11, 2011

I have multiple old manual prime lenses from 35 to 300,

Ricoh gave me an manual EXIF entry, and lens correction. But they camera setup is funky. Until Ricoh grows up (by the help of the Pentax design team), I probably trust Sony for now.

The NEX7 with EVF is a very attractive offer. If they give me better MF assist, it is a bingo.

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fermy wrote:

John Bean (UK) wrote:

The focus difficulty you have with a SLR are non-existent on a mirrorless camera like a NEX - whether or not you need/want an eye-level viewfinder.

I use only MF lenses on my NEX-5, I have absolutely no problem focusing any of them.

Exactly. If you want to focus manual glass, no need for NEX-7 or GXR Leica module, NEX-5 would do just fine.

And in sunny weather? This summer, vacating in Istria and Losinj, using a Sony HX5 with LCD only was a lot of guessworking. Having to be manual focusing on screen only as well would have been impossible.

I know the Nex-screen is better ... but stil!

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In reply to gfrensen, Aug 11, 2011

gfrensen wrote:

Remember the module (only the module, not the camera) is $649, that is without camera (costs an extra $300,--) then when you want a module for your Pentax lenses it will set you back an other $600,-- if the come with that module...

Ther will be no such K-mount module.

You can use your Pentax-lenses via an $15 adapter.

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gianstam wrote:

...on what lenses you have. If you have wide angle lenses the Ricoh is better option because of the redesigned microlenses on the sensor ( for better resoluiton at wide agle).

Could be that NEX7-sensor does that too.

NEX-C3 sensor seems to do it.

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Documensony wrote:

fermy wrote:

John Bean (UK) wrote:

The focus difficulty you have with a SLR are non-existent on a mirrorless camera like a NEX - whether or not you need/want an eye-level viewfinder.

I use only MF lenses on my NEX-5, I have absolutely no problem focusing any of them.

Exactly. If you want to focus manual glass, no need for NEX-7 or GXR Leica module, NEX-5 would do just fine.

And in sunny weather? This summer, vacating in Istria and Losinj, using a Sony HX5 with LCD only was a lot of guessworking. Having to be manual focusing on screen only as well would have been impossible.

See nexviewer.

I know the Nex-screen is better ... but stil!

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That would be good news

Documensony wrote:

gianstam wrote:

...on what lenses you have. If you have wide angle lenses the Ricoh is better option because of the redesigned microlenses on the sensor ( for better resoluiton at wide agle).

Could be that NEX7-sensor does that too.

NEX-C3 sensor seems to do it.

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Re: Manual lens on an NEX7 or Ricoh GXR
In reply to Documensony, Aug 11, 2011

Documensony wrote:

fermy wrote:

John Bean (UK) wrote:

The focus difficulty you have with a SLR are non-existent on a mirrorless camera like a NEX - whether or not you need/want an eye-level viewfinder.

I use only MF lenses on my NEX-5, I have absolutely no problem focusing any of them.

Exactly. If you want to focus manual glass, no need for NEX-7 or GXR Leica module, NEX-5 would do just fine.

And in sunny weather? This summer, vacating in Istria and Losinj, using a Sony HX5 with LCD only was a lot of guessworking. Having to be manual focusing on screen only as well would have been impossible.

I know the Nex-screen is better ... but stil!

Since I could use a much worse screen from E-Pl1 in the brightest Italian sun, I can't imagine NEX screen being a problem.

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In reply to gianstam, Aug 11, 2011

...on what lenses you have. If you have wide angle lenses the Ricoh is better option because of the redesigned microlenses on the sensor ( for better resoluiton at wide agle).

The new NEX-C3 also has the redesigned micro lenses for better resolution at wide angle. The new NEX-5n is going to have the same 16MP's sensor as the NEX-C3 with the redesigned micro lenses in basically the same old NEX-5 body. And is going to add an improved (faster) auto focusing system that is allegedly as fast as the Panasonic G2. The NEX-7 allegedly is going to have many more improvements includying a 24MP's sensor with the redesigned microlenses, EVF, in body flash, universal hot shoe, etc.

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Re: Manual lens on an NEX7 or Ricoh GXR
In reply to nofumble, Aug 12, 2011

With the latest firmware introducing the peaking level feature manual focusing is a piece of cake. At last i enjoy manual focusing! Watch this video http://www.sonyalpharumors.com/sony-nex-c3-manual-focus-test-by-digitalrev-in-stock-status/
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