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Sony NEX-7 Reviews

Amin Sabet

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The Luminous Landscape is doing a rolling review of the NEX-7 (Thanks, Pelao)

Amateur Photographer (UK magazine) also has a new full review of the NEX-7. It isn't available online, but you can tell from the cover that they liked it. I've purchased a copy and can tell you that reviews don't come much more positive that this!

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Don't trust or give credance to ANYTHING you might read in 'AP',...it's a 'comic' value read only! 'AP' is well and truly in the pockets of the photo industry and everything is always wonderful, especially when you are getting it free and gratis on the understanding of liking it,..a lot!....and the advertising revenue keeps everyone at 'AP' in a job.

Over the years plenty of people have tried to question 'AP' content and their fatuous smooth overs have been legendary,....One of the best was the introduction of the Canon 400D with UK price the same digits as the US price (2.2 dollars to the pound at the time) making more than TWICE the price in UK. 'AP' dealt with the sacks of protesting mail by claiming it was justified because of "better marketing and consumer laws in UK".....
 

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Lmao!! :D sounds like every photo mag here in OZ, where you can usually find the words "Our biggest..", "The most comprehensive...", "The most complete...", "Our best issue ever", etc..
 

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Sounds like every photo mag everywhere - the power of advertising.

It's a shame that AP has gone the same way. I haven't seen it in years but it used to have a pretty good reputation.
 

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What I appreciate from the cover shot of that issue is how the Canon 1DX body overwhelms the size of the lens, as opposed to the NEX family of camera where most claim the opposite.

(Not that the Zeiss 24 looks out of place at all on the NEX-7 in that photo)
 

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Thank Amin. I am following LL updates. He also updated with the DXO score which is very good.

Here is the comparison of Nex 7, 5n and 5 dxo scores:

DxOMark - Compare cameras side by side

It will be a perfect landscape camera. Too bad it is not as good as c3/5n with wide RF lenses per Steve's tests. That pushed me to cheaper nex-5n. I like the color and contrast I am getting from VC 12mm in comparison to Sony 16mm. I don't know what LL will report on that esp after seeing he was using VC 12mm on his 5n.
 

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Thanks Serhan, this is a good quick overview to everyone upgrading or downgrading to the NEX-5, 5N and 7.

NEX-7, gimme, gimme, gimme ;)
 

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Considering that the 24mm Summilux is considered by many as the benchmark to what a 24mm focal should be, it's really fascinating how the CZ 24mm 1.8 compares to it overall. It's not a cheap lens but when one considers that it is being compared to a lens that costs $7000+ it is a bargain for what it is (though I have to say, a bargain that I still can't afford). This lens would probably garner the praise and popularity that has so far eluded the NEX's native lenses.
 

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Legacy Wide Angle Lenses Update

A NEX-7 / NEX-5n Comparison

Sony NEX-7 Rolling Review

As expected:
There is significant lens cast visible with the NEX-7 and some legacy lenses, and it isn't minor. The reason for it is that the 24 Megapixel sensor has smaller photo sites, and oblique light rays, especially those from wide angle lens (more on this in a moment), show a magenta colour shift. The 5n has larger sensels and also a different microlens layout than the 7, making it much less problematic with some legacy lenses.
But then:
As far as any reduction of resolving ability is concerned on the NEX-7 with legacy lenses, there is some, but it's not as bad as many have feared. We'll examine this issue more closely in my follow-up report, which compares the Leica M9 with the NEX-7 using M lenses
 
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I chose the "7" for the megas so I hope that it doesn't perform
worse on my old Canon FD lenses than the 5N. My reasoning
was that I get a 2X crop factor with my current M4/3 cameras.
By going NEX I'm losing .5 crop range (telephoto) and the 5N
only gained 4 megas over my G1. Going to 24 would allow more
crop per shot if needed but that won't be good if the quality
isn't there.
 

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I think it's more on the wide angle legacy lenses like 28mm and below.
Yes, standards and telephotos are fine.

Apparently 'symmetric design' wide angle legacies are more likely to cause magenta cast at the corners because the light coming off the back element hits the sensor surface (near the edges) at an angle rather than straight-on. Not a problem when exposing film emulsions, but this 'angle of incidence' issue is affecting the NEX7 more due to the greater megapixel array of its sensor. Nothing wrong with the NEX7, as Sony didn't exactly design the camera specifically for legacy lenses that were made for film. Newer wide angle legacies with more modern element construction are less likely to cause this problem.

Although less susceptible, the 5N seems to also exhibit this same anomaly even with an 'aspheric' if the focal length is too extreme, so it's just a matter of being careful when it comes to selecting wide angle legacy lenses for the NEX.

Magenta Cast with Wide Angle lens Voigtlander M 15mm f/4.5 on NEX5-N. | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
 

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Photo Mags are victims of their advertisers. They don't dare say anything too negative for fear of losing full page ads.
 
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