Archive for December, 2011

Seagull SYK-5 Wireless Remote Flash Slave Trigger : strobist with Sony NEX

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With the Sony NEX 3 or 5 there is no way to trigger a remote flash with the provided small flash. Sony has not implemented the wireless protocol that is implemented with all the Sony Alpha DSLR. As a strobist photographer, I was looking for a workaround.

Seagull SYK-5 optical remote slave flash trigger compatible with Sony NEX

Seagull SYK-5 optical remote slave flash trigger compatible with Sony NEX

The Seagull SKY-5  is the only solution as far as I know.

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SONY E-mount 16mm f2.8 pancake SEL16F28 : a controversial lens!

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“The best camera you own is one that you can always carry with you.” This lens shrinks the Sony NEX down to nearly pocket size!

Sony NEX 3 + SEL 16mm f2.8 pancake  (almost pocketable)

Sony NEX 3 + SEL 16mm f2.8 pancake (almost pocketable)

I wouldn’t recommend anyone buys the 16mm F2.8 as their only lens for a NEX. But if you plan to combine a few lenses with your Sony NEX, I think this one is the first to buy with the camera as a kit lens.

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Sony NEX: a better solution than a DSLR to reuse manual lenses

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I have spent a few years happy with my Sony Alpha 700 using old manual prime lenses. I have shared this experience at www.lowcost4dslr.com

SONY NEX with a KONICA HEXANON 40mm

SONY NEX with a KONICA HEXANON 40mm

But now with the SONY NEX system I have found a better alternative to re-use more manual lenses with a better control and usability.

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Konica Hexanon AR 40mm F1.8 fast and compact pancake

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I was looking for a 35mm pancake for my brand new SONY NEX 3 in order to complement the SEL 16 2.8 privided as a kit lens.

KONICA HEXANON 40mm F1.8 mounted on adapter ring to SONY E mount

KONICA HEXANON 40mm F1.8 mounted on adapter ring to SONY E mount

Then I remembered that the old Konica Hexanon AR 40mm F1.8 was a very compact pancake. So I purchased a used one for 35€ with a 15$ Chinese adapter from Konica AR mount to Sony E mount.

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Konica Hexanon AR 50mm F1.7 perfect for portraiture

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The Konica Hexanon AR 50 1.7 was sold with the Konica Autoreflex T3 (or TC later) as a kit lens. As a consequence it is widely available for a very good price.

Konica Hexanon 50 1.7 mounted on a SONY NEX3

Konica Hexanon 50 1.7 mounted on a SONY NEX3

When mounted on a SONY NEX with it’s APS-C sensor it becomes a very nice portrait lens.

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MC Magnon 28mm F2.8 for Konica AR mount

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This lens is very cheap and is a very good alternative to the Konica Hexanon AR 28mm F3.5

Magnon 28mm f2.8 mounted on my Sony NEX 3

Magnon 28mm f2.8 mounted on my Sony NEX 3

Optically it does not disappoint. The only drawback is it’s size.

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Konica Hexanon AR 135mm F2.5

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Konica has manufactured several 135mm for the AR mount.

KONICA HEXANON 135mm F2.5

KONICA HEXANON 135mm F2.5

The F2.5 one is the fastest they produced in AR mount. How does it fit on the SONY NEX?

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Which photo bag for my Sony NEX gear?

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The best bag solution I found is a compact belt camera bag. The choice in this category is very limited.

My model is a cheap one found on ebay:

Belt camera bag: perfect for my Sony NEX

Belt camera bag: perfect for my Sony NEX

Even if it’s build quality is just acceptable, I am now certain that this form factor is very convenient with the Sony NEX.

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Flexible mini tripod: mandatory for landscapes and nightshots

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“The best camera you own is one that you can always carry with you. It is the same for a tripod”

mini tripod

mini tripod

This mini tripod can be considered as a walkaround tripod, particularly if you like shooting landscapes or nighshots. It is a good complement to my Sony NEX gear.

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Remote4cam (Android application for FOSCAM IP cameras)

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Remote4cam is an Android application for your smartphone that helps you to easily:

  • A R M  your IP Cameras when you leave home in one click
  • D I S A R M  your IP cameras when you come back home in one click
  • view a snapshot in 2 clicks
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