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NEX 6 with Nikon 50mm 1.4D or 1.4G? Which one and which adapter?

SunshineMom11

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I am looking to get either the

Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.4G SIC SW Prime Nikkor Lens (~$439) or the

Nikon 50mm f/1.4D AF Nikkor Lens (~$329)

for use as a fast focusing prime lens for the Sony NEX 6. Has anyone used this combination? What is the difference between the 1.4D and the 1.4G?

From what I understand, the "G" is the newer lens, obviously pricer, and has AF-S. My question is if the AF-S feature is driven by the electronics specific to a Nikon camera body. Will this autofocus on the NEX as well? I am confused, and would appreciate if anyone can clarify. Obviously if this is true, there is no reason for me to buy the "G", as the benefit is specific to Nikon bodies only.

Also, I would obviously need an adapter, can anyone recommend one? I am seeing ones that are offered with aperture control rings...is that needed/recommended?

Your advice would be greatly appreciated.
 

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Assuming that those are both autofocus lenses they will only work in manual focus mode on your NEX regardless of which adapter you use.

Since you'll be limited to manual focus you'd be much farther ahead just picking up a manual focus 50mm lens. The options are mind boggling in that regard and there are numerous example photos scattered throughout the site to give you an idea what's available.

If you want autofocus you are limited to either the SEL50F18 e-mount lens, or a Sony Alpha mount lens used in conjunction with the Sony LA-EA2 adapter.

Oh, BTW- welcome to the board. :)
 

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Yeah, so far the only AF-enabled adapters have been for Canon. Apparently they are working on Nikon and Contax G(!) ones though. But expect to pay about $400 for something like that, and with only so-so AF performance. So really if you don't have the lenses already you're much better of getting the Sony ones if you need AF.
 

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Going old school on you...

The Nikon Series E 50mm 1.8 was always known as an extremely sharp and flat (field) lens. As was the even older 55mm 3.5 Micro Nikkor. Even the Series E 100 2.8 is a great performer. All three obviously have a better MF function, have aperture rings, and... are usually really cheap!!
 

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Hello, I'm new to this forum. I've been looking for a Nikon Series E lens adapter to Sony E- Mount for my 5N and 6, but all of the adapters I've found are bigger than my 50mm 1.8 lens! Does anyone know of a very basic lens adapter that will just simply attach the lens to my camera? I'm currently using the fujinon 35mm CCTV lens via Leica screw mount adapter and it's the perfect size to keep my camera pocketable. Does anyone know why some lenses are bigger/ longer than others? Maybe knowing this will help me find/ make a proper sized adapter. Thank you!
 

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Hi Louis, welcome to the forum. :)

Each camera has a specified lens registration distance (distance from the lens mount face to the sensor (or film) plane. Your Nikon lens has a much larger registration distance, thus the adapter is larger than the Leica adapter.

Here's a link to a web page that gives the vast majority of camera registration distances.
 

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Hello, I'm new to this forum. I've been looking for a Nikon Series E lens adapter to Sony E- Mount for my 5N and 6, but all of the adapters I've found are bigger than my 50mm 1.8 lens! Does anyone know of a very basic lens adapter that will just simply attach the lens to my camera? I'm currently using the fujinon 35mm CCTV lens via Leica screw mount adapter and it's the perfect size to keep my camera pocketable. Does anyone know why some lenses are bigger/ longer than others? Maybe knowing this will help me find/ make a proper sized adapter. Thank you!

Welcome Louis :)

The adapters aren't made to only provide a NEX-mount interface, it also has to place the lens at the correct distance in relation to the sensor surface (flange to film distance). So also think of it as a spacer. Various cameras have different specs with regards to this, so the lenses that were originally made for them need to be 'spaced' accordingly. If they are not spaced correctly, adapted lenses will not be able to focus to infinity.

The Nikon adapters (all SLR lens adapters btw) are long because it's mimicking an SLR body (or turning our Nex body into a surrogate SLR body, minus the mirror mechanisms of course).

CCTV lenses have very short flange to film distancing which is why the CCTV adaptors are so small and flat. If you look closely at your CCTV adapter, you will notice that it's actually sunken-in because the lens needs to be distanced lower than (further in) the NEX body flange mount itself.
 

LouisJohnD

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Thank you for the warm welcome and great insight everyone! I'm glad I stumbled upon this forum :D I hope to contribute as much as possible in the near future!
 

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