prime lens for NEX 5n...lens newbie question

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salla30 Senior Member • Posts: 2,596
prime lens for NEX 5n...lens newbie question


I have had my NEX 5N for about 8 months and taken around 8000 frames with it, so I am not a newbie to the camera. However, I got an RX100 which has shown up some deficiencies in the kit lens 18-55 which I got with the 5N. This has meant that I have really let the NEX gather dust for the last few months, which is a shame, because I love using it and prefer the colours, textures and DR of the NEX.

So I would like to "go prime" with the NEX on a fairly tight budget for 2 main reasons:

1) I read that by using a prime lens I could get better quality of image

2) I have been reading ALOT about the RX1, and figure I may be able to capture a little of the spirit of such a beast by going prime with my NEX 5.

Finally questions...

1) What is the optimal FL to go for , the 16mm pancake? or are there other options? (i am looking to use it for general street shooting, landscape (complimenting RX100), architecture, etc) - I am veering towards pancake for size/wider angle benefits.

2) Any specific recommendations for make/model of lenses? Is the sony pancake lens any good?

3) Are they standard fit into the sony system or will i need adapter, etc?

Thanks in advance for replies!

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