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Tuesday, 29 April 2014


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I've been watching this NEX6 price drop and I don't feel at ease with it. I already have four cameras and can't find any rational reason to add a NEX system to my gear list.

It all started when I saw some samples from the Zeiss Vario-Tessar 16-70mm f/4 zoom for the NEX system. It seem to deliver images with the a real Zeiss signature and with a extremely versatile focal range.

But I'm already extremely pleased with the Fujinon 18-55mm zoom on my Fuji X-Pro1, it would be absurd to get a NEX camera just to play with that Zeiss lens... and that's a bummer.

Re. Sony A6000---I don't understand the technical limitation that causes this (and similar new digicams) camera to exhibit such relatively slow (1/160th sec.) max. sync. speed. Why is this?

If you're ever going to shoot casual near-portraits in full sun it's essential to use some flash fill (to reduce excessive contrast ratio), and slow flash sync. then becomes a limiting (and annoying) exposure impediment. The old top-of-the-line standard for film cameras was 1/250th sec. flash sync. Why do these new digital wonders regress?

You posted something a few days/weeks ago about the Nex-6, and that prompted me to take a look at one in a local camera shop.

The EVF seemed very contrasty and poor quality. I looked at DPReview's review of the camera and they liked the EVF a lot.

I have the VF2 viewfinder on a little Olympus E-PM1 and it is very good.

And I believe you have or have used one of the Olympus OM models, so I wonder what you think of the EVF compared to the Nex-6?

It has been my impression that the Sigma DN 60mm, while impeccably sharp, is a bit low in contrast. This attribute confers a somewhat 'flat' rendering compared to e.g. certain Zeiss lenses or even to the equivalent Olympus. High sharpness is a good thing if the image is cropped to a substantial extent. High contrast though (combined with soft, oblique lighting) can produce rather true-to-life, '3D' results. This effect is evident even in small prints and on-screen display.

In response to David's question above, while I haven't tried the more recent OM models I did compare the NEX-6 (which I ended up buying) to the OMD-EM5. I don't recall there being much to choose from between the finders of the two cameras. Both were a huge step above the electronic viewfinder of my old GH1, and neither exhibited some of the odd "smearing" problems of the GH3 when the eye is slightly off-center.

Perhaps there was a problem with the viewfinder of the particular camera you looked at, or perhaps the settings had been messed with.

Thanks, Andre,

In googling around the Web, I came across this:

[UPDATE: I forgot to mention that several readers have sent in the same tip given here by Daniel: "To reduce the contrast of the EVF, switch to Portrait style and crank the contrast to its minimum. It doesn't affect the basic RAW file but does give a viewfinder image with greater dynamic range." I didn't discover (or try) this in my five days with the camera, as I shot mostly with the viewing screen, but it's definitely worth trying to open up the shadows of the EVF view. —Ed.]


I know the knock on the nex system is the native lens lineup, but when they get it right, they *really* get it right.

The new FE55 is a spectacular lens on the crop bodies. Though the touits are considered overpriced by some, the new macro coming out also looks wonderful.

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