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Old 03-03-2013   #1
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Cool Sony NEX with an M-mount lens only

Would you? Use a Sony NEX with only Manual focus M mount lenses?
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I do, have a nex-7 to use with my M lenses (as well as a newly acquired zeiss Ikon for full frame!). Just waiting for the full frame nex now!
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yes...it's what NEX was designed for.
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No, because that defeats the whole purpose of getting such a versatile camera. It's a point and shoot body for NEX lenses and a small digital body for M lenses and F lenses.
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no. i like nex af lenses.
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As others said, no. When you have Sigma 30mm 2.8, which is extraordinarily light and sharp lens for $150 it doesn't make sense using manual, heavy and expensive lenses (at least to me).

Even my nokton 35mm 1.4 when put on nex 5n feels heavy and camera deosn't feel balanced any more.
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Initially yes, but then I saw all of the adapters for other glass I had.

So, I went from shooting M and LTM only -to OM, Nikon, and even Hasselblad/Zeiss.

The little OM jewels, particularly the 28, could live on it.

The last thing I bought for my Nex ... A Nex AF lens, the first.
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No - one of the many things I like about the Next system is being able to use a wide range of lenses. Of course one advantage of using Leica/CV lenses is that many are small/compact (especially many of the CV Ltm lenses) Love the Next 6 for this.
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Thats all I did when I had the NEX5 and 7. And now with the XPro1 (though I did finally get an AF Zoom for the Xpro1, which I have only used once). I'm all about MF lenses though. I like to keep these tired old eyes challenged
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No, because that defeats the whole purpose of getting such a versatile camera. It's a point and shoot body for NEX lenses and a small digital body for M lenses and F lenses.
ok so both
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Yes, I do all the time with my Nex-7. My VC lenses are much sharper than the Sony's. Yet the Sony lenses are better for quick action. They are good lenses, it is just that the VC lenses are better, worth the little extra effort and make better use of the outstanding Sony sensor.
I bought the Nex-7 specifically because of its versatility and acuity.
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The Nex 5/n/r is a great digi back for all glass. The new AF adapter for Contax G glass will be a gift from the heavens if it pans out. The hawk adapter makes for a flexible platform for Leica glass. Shoot the SSC Canon FD glass for giggles. I shot my sons graduation from the back of an auditorium with a Nikkor 200mm (300mm) f4 handheld resting on my knee with the screen tilted. Stills and HD video. Under $100. So no, I wouldn't relegate it just for Leica M glass.

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I have a Panasonic GF1 that I use exclusively in this way - mainly as I bought it body only. For some reason although it does not have focus peaking I prefer it and find it easier to focus manually than the NEX which I also own. Focus peaking can be a distraction as if its set to too sensitive a setting it can mislead as to what is actually in the peak focus zone.
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No. Thought it would work out, but it doesn't replicate the rangefinder feel and accuracy.
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Yes, at least for me.

I use my Nex 5n as a digital back for my leica lenses. I do not own any autofocus lenses (although I was tempted by low price, high quality sigma lenses) and use leica screwmount and m mount lenses with the hawk's adapter. I've gotten so used to using it like that I can shoot pretty fast with accurate focus.
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Ricoh gxr w/ a12 m mount if u are going to use m or ltm lenses. Sony Nex does not have lens correction capability. If u want to do movies, Nex is better. If not, then gxr is better. Nex movie button issue was fixed in the nex6, but 5n and 7 have the problem of bad movie button location and in-advertent hit of the button. Cannot remember if they fixed it w/ sw yet. Gxr micro lenses in front of sensor work well w/ wide angle lenses. The nex7 has some issues w/ wides. The 5n is ok, cannot remember about te nex6.

I like overall iq of Picts from the gxr setup better than Nex line.

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Yes, its a great combination.
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No, the NEX AF lenses are just too much fun to let gather dust..
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Yes that's what I bought it for! Apart from Leica M glass the only other lens I've used on it is my CZJ Biotar.



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Ricoh GXR with M-mount here too.

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I used to have a 5n, now have a 6... Both used mostly with M mount lenses.

Focus peaking is about the fastest way to manual focus on any camera (very accurate for me, no matter what anyone says).

Be careful though -- occasionally lenses (especially wide ones) have issues. This is more of a problem on the NEX-7 however. The 5 or 6 are the ones to go for.
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I thoroughly enjoyed my first real outing with my NEX-6 and v2 35mm Summicron today. Peaking works well and is pretty seamless. I was pleased as Punch to be able to use M glass on a digital body!

FWIW, the RainbowImaging adapter I purchased from Amazon works well and I'm satisfied with it. No issues, everything is secure.
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Would you? Use a Sony NEX with only Manual focus M mount lenses?
Nope. Part of the reason I bought into the NEX system was a concern about the value of my Leica glass - if something were to happen to my 35 Cron ASPH, there's no way I could afford replacing it. Besides, I don't want to deal with the crop.
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Yes.. and no.
I agree with what has been said here about the Ricoh GXR being the best mirrorless solution for M lenses. I owned a 5N and a GXR+M mount module. The sharpness difference in the edges/corners, even with a 35mm. RF lens was noticeable in favour of the GXR. All NEX cameras have issues with RF wides; the NEX-7 seems the worse in this aspect, but even the NEX 5N & 6 are just O.K. Leicas from 16 to 28, Zeiss Biogons or CV Heliars 12 & 15 will underperform in a NEX.
Unfortunately, it seems that the continuity/update of the GXR system is very doubtful. Ricoh hasn't said a official word about their intentions since they released the last module, long time ago.
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Yes.. and no.
I agree with what has been said here about the Ricoh GXR being the best mirrorless solution for M lenses. I owned a 5N and a GXR+M mount module. The sharpness difference in the edges/corners, even with a 35mm. RF lens was noticeable in favour of the GXR. All NEX cameras have issues with RF wides; the NEX-7 seems the worse in this aspect, but even the NEX 5N & 6 are just O.K. Leicas from 16 to 28, Zeiss Biogons or CV Heliars 12 & 15 will underperform in a NEX.
Unfortunately, it seems that the continuity/update of the GXR system is very doubtful. Ricoh hasn't said a official word about their intentions since they released the last module, long time ago.
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Have had Nex 3 and 5n. IMHO even though the Ricoh is a 12mp sensor, I think overall iq from it is still better than the nex5n. When u talk about wides angle lenses, it is definitely better than the 5n.

If it was not for the Fuji xp1 and the sigma dp Merrill's, I would most definitely be using the Ricoh more than I am today.

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Of course. Why not? It's a great camera and Leica makes terrific glass.
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I use my NEX cams (3 and 7) with MF and AF lenses.

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MF: Oh boy, way to much to list them here, but preferably rangefinder lenses and Hexanon, Rokkor and Zuiko SLR lenses (they are pretty small and match the NEX quite well).
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Nex7 and Konica M 90mm f/2.8 is fantastic in manual focus.
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Nex7 and Konica M 90mm f/2.8 is fantastic in manual focus.

Here some photos of French Riviera taken with Sony NEX-7 and Konica M-Hexanon 90mm f/2.8
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Another no here.

I use Nex 5N with Leica M, Olympus OM and M42 lenses. I don't have an AF lens or any intention of buying any, though there are some tempting Sony and Sigma lenses out there.

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If you want a NEX + M Lens, get a GXR instead. Much nicer focussing aid, much better ergonomics, superb image quality.
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Am I the only Nex/GXR user that prefers the Nex assist?
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Am I the only Nex/GXR user that prefers the Nex assist?
yes.

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GXR Assist Mode2 has the advantage that it uses a high pass filter, so it really highlights the most contrasty things, not just everything that has high contrast.

focusing a 28/2.8 is much easier for me with the GXR than with the NEX-5N + EVF I also owned.
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Yes, NEX 6.

But I already have the Ricoh GXR, which does a great job, and an Olympus E-PL1 (works better with other adaptations like C-mount), has in-body image stabilization).

I have little interest in buying another lens system. Between the remains of my FourThirds SLR system, the older Nikkor macros, a couple of oddball one offs, and the M-bayonet lenses, I'm pretty much done.

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That is nice. One correction to his tips at the bottom, the Nex 7 does just fine in Aperture priority mode IF you turn OFF the auto-ISO (which I abhor anyway).
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The size difference is huge though. But I agree on the cost. Which is why I like my Canon LTM 35/1.8.
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That is nice. One correction to his tips at the bottom, the Nex 7 does just fine in Aperture priority mode IF you turn OFF the auto-ISO (which I abhor anyway).
Agreed, Auto-ISO is one of the very few things where I think Sony crippled the NEX. Why isn't there an option to limit its range, or set at what shutter speed it kicks in? Fortunately it can be turned off in the PASM modes..
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