Articles tagged "nex"

Metabones introduces Nikon F Speed Booster for NEX and Micro Four Thirds

Metabones has introduced Nikon G-type versions of its Speed Booster lens adapter for Micro Four Thirds and Sony NEX cameras, which include a control ring for aperture setting with lenses that don't have aperture rings of their own. The Speed Booster itself is a lens adapter that that reduces the focal length by a factor of 0.71x, and increases the maximum aperture by 1 stop, effectively allowing lenses to give very similar angle of view and depth of field control on APS-C mirrorless cameras as they do on full frame. The Nikon G-type adapters are available to buy now for $429 from Metabones' website. 

Sony announces E-mount 20mm F2.8 pancake prime lens for NEX cameras

Sony has announced the E 20mm F2.8 - a moderately wide-angle pancake prime lens for its NEX cameras. The moderately-fast E-mount pancake will offer a 30mm equivalent field of view and adds another compact lens option for NEX shooters. It will be available in April for around $350. Sony has also said it will offer its video-targeted 18-200mm OSS F3.5-6.3 power zoom lens as a standalone product. Previously only available bundled with the NEX-VG30 camcorder, it becomes the company's third E-mount 18-200mm superzoom and will cost around $1200.

Metabones adds autofocus to Canon-NEX adapter

Metabones has updated its EF to NEX Smart Adapter II, allowing recent Canon lenses to autofocus on Sony E-mount cameras. As with most systems that attempt to use DSLR lenses on contrast-detection-based AF cameras, the focus speed is considerably lower than when used on their native cameras. However, despite not being able to use the hybrid-AF system from the NEX-5R or 6, Metabones claims performance is often better than Sony DSLR lenses being used with the original LA-EA1 adapter. The adapter costs $399, with existing Smart Adapter II owners able to upgrade for $50.

Photokina 2012 Roundup
A look back at the trends, products and stars of Photokina 2012.
Sony creates  10-18mm, 16-50mm power zoom and 35mm F1.8 for NEX E-mount

Photokina 2012: Sony has announced three extra E-mount lenses for its NEX cameras, a 10-18mm wide zoom, a 16-50mm retractable power zoom and a 35mm F1.8 prime lens. The 10-18mm F4 is a mid-level wide-angle zoom covering a 15-27mm equivalent range. The 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 power zoom offers a compact standard zoom covering the 24-75mm equivalent range. Finally the 35mm F1.8 is a bright 53mm equivalent normal prime lens. All three feature Sony's Optical Steady Shot image stabilization. The 10-18mm will cost around $850, the 16-50mm power zoom will cost around $350 and the 35mm F1.8 will be priced around $450.

Metabones creates second-generation Canon EF to Sony NEX 'Smart Adapter'

Metabones has announced an updated version of its Canon EF adapter for Sony NEX E-mount. The second version of the Smart Adapter will feature a screw-on Arca Swiss-style tripod mount, improved anti-reflection shieding and a mode that releases the aperture and stops image stabilization to reduce battery consumption. As with the original version, the Second Edition Smart Adapter offers aperture control, image stabilization and EXIF reporting compatibility with most EF and EF-S lenses. It will be available from August 2012 at the same $400 list price as the existing version.

Samyang creates 8mm F2.8 fish-eye lens for Sony NEX and Samsung NX

Samyang has announced an 8mm F2.8 fish-eye lens for Samsung NX and the Sony E-mount used on its NEX mirrorless cameras. The 8mm F2.8 version comes in addition to the existing F3.5 fish-eye intended for the NEX VG10 camcorder. The F2.8 features ten lens elements in eight groups (rather than the F3.5's 10/7 design), including one aspherical element and two ED (extra low dispersion glass) elements. Pricing and availability details have not yet been announced.

NEX-Proshop creates 'Shadow' ISO hotshoe adapter for NEX

Accessory maker NEX-Proshop has launched its ISO hotshoe adapter for Sony's NEX series of mirrorless cameras. The adapter screws into the NEX accessory port and adds a standard hotshoe and PC-Sync socket. It is designed for use with radio flash triggers (as the NEX accessory port is not designed to support a full-size flashgun), allowing much more flexible flash use with the NEX cameras. The adapter is available now for a cost of $79.99.

Sony promises more NEX lenses in updated E-mount lens roadmap

Sony has said it will have 15 lenses ready for the NEX system by the end of 2013. It made the annoucement of an expanded E-mount roadmap at the start of the CP+ trade show in Yokohama, Japan. The roadmap includes a variety of zooms and prime lenses, including a high-end standard zoom with Sony's premium 'G' branding. There will also be a pancake prime and a mid-telephoto prime lens some time during 2013.

Mirrorless Roundup 2011

Having used all the current crop of Mirrorless cameras extensively, we've prepared a roundup, summarizing their main strengths and weaknesses and highlighted what we believe are the standout cameras in each part of the market.