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Film: Roll 2 comes back… Fuji vs Kodak

Today started out rather average I must admit. Being the only one called into work the day after Australia day is never what you want. It was tedious and everything seemed to be playing up, but it did not get to me too much, I knew I could pick up my second roll of film today, the roll of Kodak 400 I shot after the Fuji 400 I shot first.

The first thing I did today when I left work was to rush down to see my mate Max Dellaway camera guru, as I had given him my newly acquired Jupiter 8 to clean for me as it was terribly dirty. Of course upon receiving it back it was perfect, I can never fault Max’s work. He also had a new toy for me, a working Minolta 700si! I was very happy, as I had a nice Minolta 30-80 just sitting there waiting for it.

Anyway, upon leaving Max’s I rushed to my local Big W to pick up my second film. I practically raced back to my car, to check the digital scan disc on my car stereo dvd player. Again I was very happy with the results, great colour! I am not sure yet whether I can truly spot any difference between the Kodak and the Fuji, I want to say the Kodak seems to be warmer and the Fuji has more greens, but I believe that to just be the difference between the two different types of subject matter. (I really should have shot more similar things for better comparison) I like the colour in both and I also like that characteristic slight film graining. I will keep shooting some film for fun, it is great!
Here is the two sets for comparison,
I hope you enjoy.

First up the newly shot Kodak film:

 

and secondly the Fuji I shot 2 days beforehand:

I think you can be the judge yourself of these first two test rolls over which you prefer.

I actually went out and shot with my new 500si and 700si on Kodak film and my Nex-5 digital to try and do a comparison of similar subject matter between the 3 for next week. I have to say I am thoroughly enjoying shooting my 2 Minolta film cameras, they are both a dream to shoot!

Film: A return to a long lost love!

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Man I love film!!
After years of only shooting digital, I felt like giving film a whirl again as I love the grittiness of it… it is so raw and beautiful, the imperfections make it special!
Anyway, just got my first film back, had to wait 2 days! haha
…and the anticipation…. whew, I was hoping they were ok….
and then you open the first photo and you see this!!

Man, I love film!! ūüėÄ – my facebook comment last night. (this photo is straight from the file given to me after processing. No post editing what so ever!)

 

I’ve been shooting digital exclusively for about 8 years now. I have been totally happy with digital, it had not even occurred to me to give film a whirl again until I received two old film camera bodies, with a lens I got on ebay. The thought crossed my mind to give them a go, however I just shelved them, more concerned with playing with the lenses on my digital.
Anyway, a few weeks later I was on Steve Huff’s blog and he posted one of his daily inspirations, it was Nepal shot on Kodak Kodachrome film. It looked awesome! The film just had so much character! I started looking back into the merits of shooting film when I came across Ken Rockwells site, another treasure trove of info, and some great general film shots from him to prove it’s validity still.
So I went straight to ebay and ordered 10 rolls of Fuji 400 Superior and 5 roll of Kent-mere B&W 400 and pulled down the old Minolta 404si I had planned to now shoot (I have a real soft spot for Minolta gear).
(Shots of cameras etc. were shot with our NEX-5 using my MIIDA 35mm manual lens)

I was lucky enough to visit with Lisa’s parents later that afternoon, after they heard about my intended venture into film, they bestowed upon me a great opportunity. They pulled out the old 1974 Canon Ex-auto rangefinder camera. This is beautiful, this is a piece of art, this is from back when real cameras were made of heavy metal!

Wanting to get them serviced before I went out shooting, I took them down to see my friend Max Dellaway camera serviceman extraordinaire. If you have any problems with any camera or lens I can recommend no-one better to take your loved camera equipment to, he is a fountain of knowledge and does fantastic work.
Back to the story at hand, Max Inspects the 404si for me, then walks over to his ‘junk box’ pulls out a perfect looking 500si and says ‘this one is clean, I’ll sell it to you for $30, I’d charge you $50 to clean that one’. I of course jumped at that deal, how could I not and went home a very happy man. With a nice clean Minolta 500si and a cleaned and serviced Canon Ex-Auto, my anticipation for the arrival of my film was building.

Funnily enough my first 10 rolls of Fuji arrived that very afternoon, so of course I had to go test shooting. I loaded up the first roll in the 500si and went out the back and snapped a couple of flowers and our 2 dogs. It was a very satisfying clunk as the shutters opened and closed, then the thought ‘I hope that is a good one’. Ahh film, how different it is, you do not know whether you wasted your time or not until you get the film back from processing.

Not wanting to waste my whole first roll at home I put it to bed till the next Monday afternoon when I decided to go to the park to test it in a few scenarios. I took my time playing with the settings, getting used to focusing through an optical viewfinder again. I snapped birds and trees and rocks, until that whirring noise that indicates you have finished your film and it is being re-wound back to the start. I quickly ran back to the car and drove straight to Joondalup Big W, where I had found out earlier in the day, still processed film and would scan the negs to disc for me for $12.95.

I walked on into the Big W and the first thing you see is this massive Fuji booth, is it just me or is film coming back? Apparently Fuji posted an increase in their film sales last year, maybe this is the reason for the investment back into processing booths. Either way I dropped off my film and was informed it would be ready in 2 days, so I bought a roll of Kodak to compare to the Fuji I had just shot and went straight out and shot some sunsets. hahaha So addicted to shooting.

Anyway 2 days passed and the day had arrived to pick up my film. I was filled with both anticipation hoping they were good and trepidation hoping they weren’t crap. I dropped off the roll of Kodak I had just finished shooting¬† and picked up my disc and negs. I practically ran to the car, not wanting to wait to check the pics, I threw the disc straight into my dvd player car stereo. Bang, they looked awesome, but they were small and contrasty on my crappy computer screen, so I had to race hope to check them on my monitor. I raced through the door straight to the computer and loaded them up, they are awesome! Man I love film, from the unknown of whether you made the shot, to the vibrant colours and characteristic grain that only comes from great film.

Here are the shots from that first test roll, I am very happy, I can’t wait to see the results of the Kodak and my B&W film. I will definitely be shooting some art pieces in film again, there is just something about it you cannot attain with digital. I still love digital and will shoot it a majority of the time, however my film shooting will now increase again too, there is just something so magical about it.
Here is a slideshow of that first test roll, I hope you enjoy:

(Photo-bucket is playing the photos in reverse so all the bird shots are at the front, please just click to the end if you want to see the other shots)

I intend to go out shooting with the Canon EX-auto too and test using different films in the future, I will post my results here.

Kodak files for bankruptcy – A whole generation will never know ‘A Kodak Moment’

It turns out that as of January 19th 2012 Kodak filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy in the Southern district of New York.
As it turns out they have been in a downward decline for the last few years, having trouble with adapting to the new digital world. It does seem funny that the company that was seen as the big yellow grandaddy of photography, seems to have been all but sunk by it’s own brainchild, digital photography.

Having dominated the world of film, it seems they were slow in coming to grips with the fast uptake of digital photo taking worldwide. Instead of embracing this new digital world by creating new devices to participate in the race, it seems they feared for it and instead tried to protect their dying film business. Ultimately it would seem it would be their downfall.
So what will it be for the cherished technologies produced by Kodak,  that people still enjoy to this day? Will it mean the end for all they have created? What will happen to their beloved sensor used in Leica digital cameras and their famed Kodachrome films?

Thankfully it would seem no. Last year they offloaded their sensor technologies to a holding firm, who is now looking at offering this intellectual property to the highest bidder. Rumor has it that Samsung and Sony are currently in a bidding war for this technology. I personally would hope that Sony would acquire it, as it is widely believed their sensors in the NEX-5n very closely rival that of the Kodak sensor used in Leica cameras. So lets hope that technology goes to a company who knows how to implement it.

As for Kodak’s classic films… The rumor mills believe Fuji is in the process of making a bid for the Kodak factory and film technologies.
It would seem all is not lost. The great technologies they created will live on, albeit re-branded.

So what will happen to the Kodak name in the future?¬† Who knows?… the most probable outcome will be that after all the technological bones have been picked, the name will be sold off and most likely just become a brand name tacked on cheap knock off cameras in the future. It is very sad for a company that was once the unquestionable giant of photography, to now have been reduced to but a shell of everything their founder worked for. It would seem Fuji is our new photography visionary for the future?

It is sad to think of the generations that will now pass through this world never knowing what a ‘Kodak moment’ is…

Slr Magic 35mm – Creativity in a lens? A 3 month trial…

Ok, so I shot exclusively with my 2 Slr magic lenses from August 2011 till December 2011, I got some great shots and now feel I can discus what I think are the strengths and weaknesses of the lenses.

I’d like to start out with the 35mm as this is the one that I naturally just kept reaching for at first. It just felt fun to use, and when I looked at the screen on the Nex I was always very excited with the shots I grabbed with this lens. It’s funny that of the 2 lenses, this one always grabbed me more when out shooting over the 28mm, however when I got home and loaded them up on my computer, that was always where I found my love for the 28mm, but more on this later.

Upon receiving my package from SLR magic containing my 2 lenses and adjustable macro extension, I was very impressed by the packaging, it all seemed quite nice and had a feeling of quality I was not expecting this for such relatively inexpensive lenses. I remember being so eager to go shooting with these lenses when they arrived, I took a few brief snaps around the house to get the hang of focusing manually on the Nex, which is a dream by the way with it’s focus peaking and magnification. (however I must admit to not having recorded the aperture stops for each image and the Nex does not record your aperture settings on manual lenses for obvious reasons)

Once feeling comfortable enough, I chucked the dog on the leash and proceeded to the local park to give him a run and go shooting with this lens. The first thing I noted with this test was how easy this lens was to focus, the are no click stops for aperture, so it is great for video too. The rings turned freely and smoothly and did not feel loose or plastic-y at all. Not having much around I was reduced to shooting my dog and the local nature, however these shots turned out to be some great tests for me.

This shot was probably my favourite from this quick walk around the park. I like how it articulated the grain on the trunk.
Sh. Sp. 1/50 ISO 200

However I quickly noticed once I loaded the shots up on my PC that this lens had quite bad lens distortion as is quite plain in the next pic. It does not always seem to be in the same place in pictures, which leads me to believe that this distortion point rotates around as you focus, so it will depend on the distance from the subject to where the placement is. I’m not sure if this obvious lens distortion is in all examples of the lenses or if it is just this particular copy that I have.

You can see from this test shot where the lens distortion is quite prevalent. Sh. Sp. 1/250 ISO 200

Although this would be seen by some as quite a serious problem in this lens, it still was and is not a deal breaker for me. I did not buy this lens to get the most awesome, crystal clear, drop dead beautiful captures. No, I bought this lens as it was advertised to me, as a great creative lens and this is exactly what it is. If you buy this lens and expect it to give you perfect, leica or zeiss like images then you will be sorely disappointed and I have to question what you thought you were going to get for a lens that you get change out of $150AU.Still this was just the beginning for me, I had already caught the bug for shooting manually on the Nex. It just feels so good, it’s like meditation, it makes you slow down, really think about and compose your shot and then snap. Manual shooting makes you a better photographer, period.
Wanting to get out more and experiment with my new lenses I planned to go into town (Perth) that very next w/e, since I had gig posters to put up for our next show, I figured why not kill 2 birds.The first shot I snapped was just of a typical street sign right outside of the parking complex I had left my car in. I was that keen to get shooting, I just snapped the first thing I saw as I got out on the street. Even just by looking in the viewfinder, I was already impressed by the way the colours popped with this lens, it seemed right away to have more contrast than the native auto lenses.

It’s pretty close to midday so the sun is pretty harsh, but I like it in these, it conveys Perth city, we live under harsh summer sun. Sh. Sp. 1/4000 ISO 200

I still am blown away by the colour that these lenses convey to the sensor, it just seems miles and above the rendition from the kit lenses. I think this is probably one of the greatest factors in these lower end SLR magic lenses, they obviously have quite decent multi-coating. Combine that with the relatively fast f1.7 of this lens and you fun, creative walk-around that can handle low-light quite well.

Again still midday so the sun is quite harsh… They were running a Vegemite van in town giving out samples, how Aussie is that? Sh. Sp. 1/4000 ISO 200

I must admit that it was only from these first few town shots that I first truly noticed the full extent of the actually quite heavy vignetting to the edges of the lens. Again this was not really that much of a deal breaker for me, as I quite liked how it frames what you want the viewer to see.

As shown here you are always going to have really soft edges with this lens, as long as you take that into account, I think it can work for you. Sh. Sp. 1/3200 ISO 200

Again it is all about how you use this lens, very creative I feel, and as these 2 shots show, it performs quite well in normal low-light. Sh. Sp. 1/2000 ISO 200

Being new to shooting completely manually I wanted to see how I would go capturing some action shots, I was lucky enough that some teens were skating in front of a new monument that was being erected. I was impressed that this lens was actually fast to focus, the rings turned very smoothly and freely, without feeling loose, but firm and tight, fast enough I could capture kids flying through the air.

Having now become much more aware of the soft edges due to reasonably vignetting, (I believe the lens only just covers the whole Nex APS-C sensor) I thought I should shoot some lines to gather the lenses effect on them out to the edges.

As you can see still quite sharp in the center, but you get large displacement out to the edges.Having now felt comfortable with the lens and having figured out the pros and cons to shooting with it for what, I wanted to put it through it’s paces in a more professional capacity. Knowing the band was not far off releasing our then brand new single , I wanted to organise a promo shoot, to get some great photos of the band to help promote and also to put this baby through her paces in a more demanding scenario.

You can see here how it as worked quite well, Matt is nice and sharp and the background gets this kind of ethereal feel due to the soft edges. Sh Sp. 1/160 ISO200

It was on this shoot that I noticed that the vignetting will often cause you to get that ‘swirling’ bokeh feel. I feel it is useful in some instances, giving the shot a feeling of movement behind a stationary object. Sh. Sp. 1/4000 ISO 200

So all in all after shooting with this lens for around 3 months I feel I can give it the thumbs up. It is not the stellar performer that you will get from other lens manufacturers for quite a lot more money, but it is creative. Extremely so. In fact I feel this lens fits into the ‘it is so bad it is good’ category. Because when you start adding up that it has barrel distortion around the center of some of your images and you have very soft edges due to vignetting that also effects bokeh in a kind of swirling way, I guess it starts to sound like a bit of a dud on paper. But, if you take into account that you will pick it up for less than $150AU, it has great colours and the build quality actually feels quite good, If used right this lens is a winner. If you take into account this short comings when shooting you will actually start to make the flaws work for you and create some amazing images. I also feel that if this is your first foray into manual lens shooting, you could do far worse than splashing out on this lens. It feels good on the end of the camera and it will make you slow down and compose your shots better.

All in all I have a real soft spot for this lens and it will always be in my kit. While not even coming close to some of my great glass like my SMC takumars or Minolta rokkors, this lens does things that they cannot do, and this is due to it’s unique imperfections which make it a classic creative tool for your Nex.
(all photos were taken jpeg as there was no way to process the Nex raw at the time, this has now been rectified)

When shooting jewellery… you can never have enough light!

So Lisa has been busy setting up her Etsy store for all the awesome jewellery she makes, so of course I offered to help with the taking of the photos.
Now having done this a few times I have learned a thing or two…

  1. Set your self up properly, make yourself a nice little rig for draping the jewelery, where you can aim plenty of lights.
  2. Get yourself a macro lens, you want to get really close to the subject. It is good to use a nice prime to shoot the object in a nice setting, but you want the macro to show the real detail in the product. For this, the nice close up macro shots were taken with my Vivitar 35-75 FOV FFL manual focus macro zoom lens, and the set shots with the flower and candle were taken with my Minolta 55mm 1.9 FOV FFL manual prime lens.
  3. Most importantly, you can never have too much light! Use whatever you can, as you can see I have even brought in a torch just to bring in some extra side light to help diffuse the shadow I was getting on the right side of the pieces.

 

Here are just a few of the shots I took of her jewelery for her yesterday:

       

        

        

         

 

Isn’t her jewellery great!
You can check it out here if you are interested:
Metal Fish Handmade Creations

Sony Nex-5 = My advancement into interchangeable lens photography

I know that everyone on some level loves to take photos. You just have to take a quick peruse through any social medium, to see that digital photography and the sharing of photos on-line, is alive and well.
With the advent of the mobile phone with the digital camera, portability and the ability to capture that moment at any time became reality for most of us.
However there were always still those of us who chased the higher image quality and pixel resolution of a dedicated camera, compared to the grainy, colorless photos of our early 2-6mp digital phone cameras. I remember it was for this very reason that we purchased our Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S650 7.2 Mega pixel digital camera, it took perfectly good photos for the day and was a great for our step out into a dedicated digital camera. I wanted to find the old thing for the purpose of this review, however it seem to have gone missing. Hmmm…
Not having the camera anymore means this image will have to suffice.

Having by this time become heavily into fish keeping and starting to get out more with the band again, we were starting to want something that could produce much higher quality photos under more demanding situations. Everyone we spoke to said we needed a DSLR, however looking around at the time proved them to be rather expensive so we put that idea to bed for a later day.

It was a few months later and I was collecting a Behringer¬† tube compressor I was trying out for the possible purchase for the studio. It turned out the guy that was selling it had previously been into music and was into photography, and now managed the camera store in town. In the end I decided I did not want the compressor (had a faulty left side) so I went to return it. Now, being that Lisa’s birthday was only a few weeks away and I knew she had been quite into photography in high school , I thought maybe it was time for the old camera upgrade. So upon returning the compressor I asked him what was a good camera in my price range that would give me the kind of results we wanted. His eyes then lit up as someone has obviously just asked him to talk about a topic he knows very well, he then reaches for the nearest camera catalogue, confidently flicks a few pages and says, ‘well I’m going to buy this!’ and points solidly at the brand new Sony Nex 3& 5 cameras. So I did the quick internet perusal on my phone to see if I could find out more about this camera, there seemed to be very little out there other than that this was brand new mirror-less DSLR technology that meant small camera with DSLR like image quality, since it had a sensor only one size down from the big full frame mirror DSLR cameras. A lot of this was over my head at the time, but being the gear nut that I am, that was enough for me and that was the one I suggested we get for Lisa’s birthday.

So I gave Lisa the money that I was going to spend on the compressor and a bit more, she pitched in the rest from her savings, and she went about searching for the best price while I was at work. We had decided that we wanted the Nex-5 over the Nex-3 mainly because it was made from a metal alloy body as opposed to the plastic of the 3 and the 5 also did full HD footage and had a slightly higher rated internal cpu. Being newer to photography we of course knew we wanted zoom, you know the old ‘well how much zoom has it got?’, so we decided to shell out the larger amount to get the body with the 2 kit lenses, both the 16mm prime and the 18-55mm zoom lenses. Lisa and her mum drove all over town and ended up right back at the store in town buying it of the bloke I had initially spoken to.¬† Would have been fantastic had Lisa not then returned home to find we had been broken into and robbed! So after we dealt with that, called the police, fixed the windows and got over the fact that we had been robbed, we then took a moment to unpack the camera and have a play, in fact I think the first photos we took with the camera was of the damage.

Here is our Nex-5 with the flash attachment on and the 16mm prime attached. (taken with Lisa’s I-phone, how far phone cameras have come!) Of course here you can see it is a little beat up from good love and wear and tear.

Right off the bat we were very happy with the images compared to our old camera (who wouldn’t be, the frame size jump along with a double in mega pixels to 14.2 is a rather significant leap) However upon up-loading to the web we were sometimes disappointed at our results compared to that of some of our peers. So that was it I was on a quest to discover why we could not achieve that same ‘pop’ I saw in others photos with cameras of similar specs. After hunting around the internet and doing a bunch of reading of peoples opinions, it seemed the general consensus was that the lenses were letting down this potentially phenomenal camera, after manual lens owner had used adapters to put some of these on the front of their Nex’s with stunning results. Being daunted at the time of the concept of manual lenses and adapters I decided to steer clear of this concept and instead put the matter to bed again for a month or 2, but once again being frustrated at not being able to achieve the exact results I wanted I again returned to hunting around the net, because surely some new lenses had been released by now.


This is the 16mm auto kit prime lens (photo taken with my Exakta 35-75mm zoom lens which arrived today)

This is the 18-55mm auto kit zoom lens (photo taken with my Exakta 35-75mm zoom lens which arrived today)

This is the 2 together to give an idea of size (photo taken with my Exakta 35-75mm zoom lens which arrived today)
 

 

 

This new line of inquiry then led me to wiki, which on their page held the news that Sony had released the proprietary information for their Nex dedicated lens mounting system the E-mount and furthermore lens manufacturer Slr magic had now released two all new manual lenses native to the e-mount system. I was gobsmacked. Where had I been? This was fantastic news, so I started doing the old Google for the new Slr magic lenses wanting to know more about them, were they priced out of my range? were they any good? This in turn led me to Steve Huff’s blog where he had very recently done the preliminary reviews for these 2 brand new lenses. The news was good, if you were out for having a play with 2 great creative lenses, I must admit I also liked what I saw of the test shots, knowing they had come from my camera.

I continued to search and it lead me to 3 videos, one by a french cinematographer who had shot a lovely, upbeat sunset scene on a beautiful busy beach strip in France, it was beautiful, it invoked feelings of happiness, joviality, it made me yearn for warm summer nights and drinks with friends. The next was by a Japanese amateur film maker who filmed his trip to Greece with friends. He shot it all in black and white, and again it filled me with the feeling of good times, and yet this odd melancholic feeling, you got the sense he fancied a girl in the group as he followed her more than others. The final and third was the one that probably put the nail in the coffin, it was footage from a young fella from eastern Australia and his trip to Melbourne. He filmed his friends in the city heart, skateboarding and doing back flips and generally running a muck through the CBD. Like I said this was the nail in the coffin. I had been totally gobsmacked by the power of film. The insight into peoples lives, the power to tell a story, the power to make someone yearn for your way of life. This was a life changing moment and it effected me for weeks. I had always had a need to extract as much out of this life as I can before I bite the dust, but now I also yearned to capture it, to effect someone in the same way I had been effected.

Needless to say I then went to the Slr magic eBay page and promptly purchased both the 28mm and 35mm primes and adjustable focusing native e-mount macro tubes. For under $500 dollars I could get 2 reputedly ok lenses,¬† that was a chance I was willing to take… and not knowing manual lens photography, well that would be something I would figure out when the lenses got here. haha

This is the 35mm Slr Magic manual prime lens (photo taken with my Exakta 35-75mm zoom lens which arrived today)
 
This is the 28mm Slr Magic manual prime lens (photo taken with my Exakta 35-75mm zoom lens which arrived today)
Here is the 2 together to give an idea of size (photo taken with my Exakta 35-75mm zoom lens which arrived today)

The lenses arrived rather promptly, within 2 weeks, which was good since they were a birthday present to myself. I was very keen to get in a play with them. I first threw on the 35mm lens and was amazed at how easy it was to pick up shooting manually on the Nex-5 with the aid of it’s focus peaking and manual focus assist (a 7x and 14x touch button finder zoom for checking if you have nailed the focus) while still being a little slower than shooting with an auto lens I quickly realised that when you nailed it manually, you really nailed it. The second thing I noticed was how much nicer these lenses rendered colours. It now takes slightly longer to shoot moving subjects such as my fish, however the satisfaction you get when you nail it and the results you get in the end make it feel so much more worthwhile. I very quickly fell in love with manual photography, I was now getting the results I had dreamed about.

I shot with these 2 lenses almost exclusively for 3 months, I got to know the 35 for being awesome artistically for portraits, having such soft corners. I found it particularly useful when shooting band shots for ‘From Isolation’, as the vignetting it has at the corners gives a slight swirling to the bokeh which gives a feeling of movement. The 28mm I struggled to fall in love with as much at first. It just did not give me the same enjoyment when out shooting that the 35mm did, however this always changed when I got back to my comp and loaded the full size shots up there, lens is actually quite sharp and renders colours very nicely.

Here is a shot of all 4 to give an idea of their relative sizes. (photo taken with my Exakta 35-75mm zoom lens which arrived today)

Of course after all this testing I now wanted more again. I had remembered about using old manual lenses and adapting them to the Nex and this now peaked my curiosity as I had gained more knowledge and confidence with the camera. So I turned to e-bay and started googling the net for good lenses from the past and finding that due to the short flange size on the Nex I could adapt almost any lens I wanted from the past, I salivated at the thought. I first settled on lenses from Minolta as the mount adapter seemed readily available and the lenses were still reasonably priced. I then stretched out and bid on m42, l39, nikon, vivitar, sigma, tamron etc. etc. from manufacturers ranging from east Germany to Russia to USA to Japan and places in between. We still use the auto kit lenses, however mainly just for the applications where these excel, for low-light, action, such as live band photography. I intend to purchase the native Sony 50mm auto lens for the Nex as it is quite fast, with an aperture of f1.8 and as I have found in low-light, due to the native auto lenses having in built image stabilisation, this makes them almost twice as fast as the equivalent f aperture manual lens.
I now have a collection of manual lenses and adapters over 55 strong and growing! I have become completely addicted to manual lens shooting and now collecting and shooting with classic antique lenses adapted to the front of our Nex-5, it is just magic, this phenomenal little camera just translates whatever you put in front of it.

Over the coming weeks and months I hope to do some testing and reviews of some of my lenses for you, both old and new, so it may be of some help to fellow Nex users as to whether acquiring these lenses is a worthwhile enterprise. I have also come to learn there are also some settings you can tweak on your camera to get a little more punch out of your baby too.

Here are just a few of my favourite pics taken with the Slr Magic manual focus prime lenses:

This Photo was taken with the Slr Magic/Noktor Hyperprime 35mm prime lens
 
This Photo was taken with the Slr Magic/Noktor Hyperprime 28mm prime lens
 
This Photo was taken with the Slr Magic/Noktor Hyperprime 28mm prime lens
 
This Photo was taken with the Slr Magic/Noktor Hyperprime 28mm prime lens
 
This Photo was taken with the Slr Magic/Noktor Hyperprime 28mm prime lens
 
This Photo was taken with the Slr Magic/Noktor Hyperprime 35mm prime lens
 
This Photo was taken with the Slr Magic/Noktor Hyperprime 28mm prime lens
 
This Photo was taken with the Slr Magic/Noktor Hyperprime 35mm prime lens
 
This Photo was taken with the Slr Magic/Noktor Hyperprime 35mm prime lens
(These sample shots were all taken from camera Jpegs as there was no way to process the Nex Raw files at the time. this has since been rectified)
 

I hope you enjoyed this little run down on the Nex and the first native lenses I have had the pleasure of using. In summary I feel that the Nex series of cameras offer the perfect solution for amateur photo takers that want to step up to a higher quality small auto camera that can do great results, and for those that want to get a bit more serious and play with manual glass. This really is the perfect compromise between amateur user and pro-sumer.