NEX as a stepping stone

Started Aug 15, 2011 | Discussions thread
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Kayko Junior Member • Posts: 44
NEX as a stepping stone

Hi Folks,

I've been considering the NEX-5N as a stepping stone towards future DSLR. Right now, I want portability at least for everyday shooting, with optional bigger lenses as necessary for other occasions.

If I bought ONLY E-mount lenses, I would probably get these ones to start:

  • Sony SEL16F28 - 16mm f/2.8 pancake lens (Kit lens)

  • Sony VCLECF1 Fisheye Conversion Lens

  • Sony VCLECU1 Wide Angle Conversion Lens

  • SLR Magic 35mm f/1.7 (just bought 2nd hand $56USD off eBay, good value if "excellent condition" like the seller says with 100% rating and 1899 rates)

Future consideration,
Carl Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 fixed-length lens
50mm f/1.8 OSS (Optical Steady Shot) lens

Maybe a Samyang CS-VG10 - 8mm f/3.5 fisheye lens if I feel up for it (to improve on the VCLECF1)

But I want to make sure I'm getting the right glass. I don't think I want to buy a bunch of lenses for the NEX system, and have them wasted if I decide to go to a full-frame Canon (or Nikon) DSLR in the future. Perhaps I shouldn't buy too many E-mount lenses. Maybe I should invest in EF lenses instead, like Canon's 50mm f/1.8 prime. Sony's Kit 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 is a little slow, I think. I would rather get something like Sigma's 18-50 f/2.8.

So, I would need an Canon EF lens to E-mount adapter (as cheap as about $20USD). But, as you all know, the adapters won't have auto-focus. You may have seen that a company called "Conurus" is developing an aperature control adapter for Canon EF lenses. Nothing so far for auto-focus. Maybe in the future?

So, get a NEX-5N and Canon or Nikon lenses that can last a lifetime? Or just pick up some E-mount lenses (selection isn't really large enough yet, but more lens makers joining)? Even just the basic lenses I can buy now (VCLECF1, VCLECU1, and SLR Magic 35mm f/1.7) would only run me another $250 - $300 on top of a the NEX-5N camera with a 16mm kit lens.

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