B&H is listing this lens for $999.00 in canon, nikon and sony mount with an expected release date of may 15th.
Sam Carriere: One of the amazing things about this discussion, and similar ones elsewhere is that two years ago, when the NEX-7 was first announced, it was universally deemed the best thing since sliced bread. Reviewers who had never even seen the actual camera fell over themselves finding appropriate superlatives. It took a year from the first announcement for Sony to actually produce the camera and in that time, the enthusiasm raged unabated. And now ... it seems few people have much good to say about the poor NEX-7.I did not have much faith in web-based reviews at the time this all happened, and I have even less now.The whole thing, though, was a triumph for Sony marketing which correctly assessed the leming-like nature of both reviewers and consumers.
@sam. if you say you own a nex-7 i'll have to take your word for it, but your post speaks of it in the third person and has no hint of personal usage or perspective in it. so where did the hype let you down? what don't you like about the camera? i find it to be odd that someone who is so jaded by online reviews would allow himself to become one of the lemmings.
one of the amazing things about this discussion is that people always want to critique equipment they haven't used based on some bias as to brand or some other nonsense. having actually used a nex-7 for the past 9 months with a variety of e-mount lenses in different shooting circumstances i can say that it is every bit the equal, if not better than, my canon gear. it handles beautifully and gives me gorgeous 12x18in. prints. my shoulder also appreciates that my bag now weighs half as much. i hope the rest of the lemmings are as happy as i am.
i have the tamron 18-200 f3.5-6.3 DI III VC lens in sony E-mount for my Nex-7 which is the same zoom range as this mft lens. they physically look very similar. the build quality is very good and i am very impressed with the image quality after 9 months use. the lens is sharp, has good contrast and color and the vibration control works very well. this lens is smaller and lighter than mine because of the smaller image circle it has to cover but if everything else is the same it will make any purchasers very happy.
i own a sony NEX-7 and i am very happy with it as it's a very good camera, but i couldn't and wouldn't pay $6,500 for it. i don't see any difference between this and the NEX-7 except for the skin. it doesn't even come with a few good lenses like the fuji x pro 1. this is just ridiculous!
@ nemark. i have the 50mm f1.8 and the quality is very good. it is also small and light. nice lens!
i am the proud owner of a sony NEX-7 and a tamron 18-200mm lens. with my right hand on the nicely sized grip and my left hand on the left corner of the camera and under the lens it balances beautifully. i can carry it all day as it is very light. it is not front heavy, unbalanced or uncomfortable to hold. the camera takes beautiful images and the tamron lens is sharp and this gives me 13x19in. prints at least the equal of my canon gear including some L glass. you can't judge how this works by looking at pictures.
in april i purchased a sony nex-7 along with a tamron 18-200mm in E mount and sony's 50mm f1.8. they both autofocus and have IS. there are not a lot of native E mount lens yet so i also purchased a metabones canonEF-sonyE mount adapter to use my assortment of canon and tamron lenses in EF mount with. it is very well built with smooth mounts that are not loose and operate as they should. there are no exposed wires as in this kipon adapter. it works very well and the contacts allow the body to set the lens apeture. the button on the side of the adapter works like a DOF in reverse as it open the lens. it does not support autofocus, but since i shoot mostly landscapes on a tripod and the nex-7 has focus peaking this is not a big problem. works for me!
SteB: I'm confused by the wording on the website it says "Compatibility Supported Not supported" and lists lenses. Does this mean the lenses that follow are supported or not supported? Self-evidently it's contradictory.
Specifically does it support independent EF mount lenses like Sigma?
the ef mount should be exactly the same for any third party lens or they would not work on the camera itself. i saw what you are talking about on conurus' site but my understanding is that this adapter will work with ef or ef-s lenses except for auto focus.
IcyVeins: I just have to LOL at everyone saying to buy a T3. The NEX-7 is so ridiculously superior to the T3 in pretty much every way imaginable. Photography is a rich man's sport, and for those with the money, this adapter is great because it lets you use PASM, and because Canon makes some really awesome lenses that even the Sony Alpha lineup doesn't have. For example the 14mm f/2.8 and 24mm f/1.4
i am NOT missing the point! the nex system uses an aps-c sensor and the lenses have to have an image circle large enough to cover the sensor and therefor even if canon developed their own mirrorless camera system the lenses couldn't be that much smaller than the ones i now own. my proof of that is to look at sony's own e-mount lenses which are quite large compared to the nex bodies. to get smaller lenses you would have to go to m4/3, nikon cx or pentax Q all of which use smaller sensors. there are advantages to mirrorless cameras besides being small, like no mirror vibration and almost instant shutter response. since i own these canon lenses wouldn't it stand to reason that i ALREADY own a canon body? this adapter is a reasonable way to buy into the nex system as there are NO current native e-mount lenses that compare to the 10-500mm lens range that i own. i would assume that other posters who seem happy about this news feel the same way.
when auto focus first appeared in minolta cameras it was considered to be a "useless consumer feature". the nex-7 and for that matter the nex-5n have gotten very good reviews, including here at dpreview and the 5n has better high iso than my canon t2i or probably the t3. you pick the t3 which is canon's cheapest entry level dslr, and if photography didn't include "feature rich or expensive cameras" why on earth would they produce the 60d, the 7d, the 5dm2 or the 1dx? i don't see your point, unless you are a canon rep. and make commission off sales of the t3.
i currently own a canon t2i and have 7 lenses made by canon and tamron that cover from 10mm to 500mm plus a set of extension tubes. i like all of this glass as i get results i am happy with. i have been considering purchasing either a sony nex5n or a nex7 as i am now 65yrs. old and i would like to make my bag lighter and i like the hdr and sweep panorama features of the sony's. the problem is that there is no sony e-mount glass to replace what i have now. the 18-200mm doesn't match the quality. this adapter would allow me to use my current lenses until sony, sigma or tamron release smaller lenses of f2.8 or f4 speed to match. i shoot landscapes on tripod and my long lenses all have tripod mounts so i am not concerned with weight on the mount and i can live without auto focus for now as i started my photography without it. $400 for the adapter is way cheaper than replacing all my glass as i can just purchase it and a body. as for buying a t3, why would i want to do that?