Which FAST manual prime for the NEX 5N

Started Sep 28, 2011 | Discussions thread
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HBennis Forum Member • Posts: 53
Which FAST manual prime for the NEX 5N

I am contemplating getting a manual (aperture/focus ring) fast prime of around a 50mm FL equivalent for the 5N.

My budget is around $500, I have narrowed down my choice as follow:

  • Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f/1.4 ($630)

  • Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f/1.4 ($550)

  • Nikon 50mm f/1.2 Nikkor AI-S ($700)

1) Which one of the above has demonstrated the best IQ? (contrast, color rendition, bokeh, etc...)
2) Any feedback how either lens works best with the NEX?
3) Do you recommend any other fast lens for the same budget?

I have also looked at some AF lenses, namely:

  • Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G ($370)

  • Sigma 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM ($500)

However, I am not too sure how the (AF) or lack or it since not compatible with the NEX will work - specifically how can you achieve focus with these lenses? Same question applies to aperture also.


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Sony Alpha NEX-5N Sony E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS Voigtlander 35mm F1.4 Nokton
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