Sony Alpha NEX-3N: Sigma 60mm f/2.8 + Nikkor lenses . . .

Discussion in 'Mirrorless Digital Cameras' started by studio460, Feb 6, 2014.

  1. I just picked up the Sony NEX-3N tonight from Best Buy. Holy auto-focus! This thing focuses about twice as fast, at normal distances, and about three times as fast, at close-focus distances, as my fancy-schmansie Nikon Coolpix 'A' does! I've read online reviews on both cameras until I was blue in the face, but NO review can tell you what just a few minutes with a camera in your hands can tell you. Turn off all the consumer-ey gizmos, and this thing really performs. The NEX-3N is currently on sale at B+H for only $319, and is soon to be replaced by the Sony Alpha A5000 ($498) in a similar, if not virtually identical, form-factor--due out 19 March 2014.
    Key differences:
    Sony Alpha NEX-3N ($319):
    • 16.1 MP.
    • 4-FPS continuous, up to 9 frames.
    • Base ISO of 200.
    Sony Alpha A5000 ($498):
    • 20.1 MP.
    • 3.5-FPS continuous, up to 15 frames.
    • Base ISO of 100.
    • BIONZ X image processor.
    • Wi-Fi, NFC.
    Most of the other features remain the same (e.g., 460,800 LCD resolution, 25 CDAF points, etc.). Right now, I only have the 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens. Tomorrow, I should receive my Sigma "Art" 60mm f/2.8 DN (90mm-equivalent), E-mount lens, and Fotodiox Nikon F-mount adapter. Stay tuned for product and image samples . . .
     
  2. You are going to love the images you get with your old nikon glass.
     
  3. Ditto on the Nikon lenses. Also check out the other Sigma lenses-19mm and 30mm. Superb quality, fast AF and low $$$. Enjoy your NEX!
     
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    Sony Alpha NEX-3N + Sigma 60mm f/2.8 DN (left); Nikon Coolpix 'A' (right).
     
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    Sony NEX-3N + Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS [ISO: 1,000; f/4 @ 1/60th].
     
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    Sony NEX-3N + Sigma 60mm f/2.8 DN [ISO: 400; f/2.8 @1/100th; uncropped].
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    Sony NEX-3N + Fotodiox G-compatible, F-mount adapter + Nikkor 105mm f/1.8 AI-s
     
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    Sony NEX-3N + Nikkor 105mm f/1.8 AI-s [ISO: 800; f/1.8 @ 1/200th].
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    Sony NEX-3N + Nikkor 105mm f/1.8 AI-s [ISO: 800; f/1.8 @ 1/200th].
     
  9. Sony Alpha NEX-3N: First Impressions
    • Overall, a very impressive camera!
    • Excellent image quality; Nikon D7000-esque quality in a very compact package.
    • Super-fast AF; beats my Nikon Coolpix 'A' in focusing speed, hands-down.
    • Controls/UI layout is surprisingly good, providing quick access to most-needed functions.
    • ISO AUTO function works! Excellent implementation of "program shift" mode.
    • Tilt-up LCD provides TLR-like shooting experience--I use it a lot!
    • Focus-peaking makes manual-focus a breeze--even better than a split-prism with a microprism collar!
    • The NEX' focus-assist feature is super-cool (briefly zooms to 100%, then reverts back to full-screen).
    • Sigma 60mm f/2.8 lens' sharpness is excellent!
    • Using F-mount Nikkor lenses on this tiny compact is a blast!
    • No included charger--must charge battery in-camera.
    • Cannot turn off fake shutter sound.
    • X-sync tops out at 1/160th.
    • No hot-shoe.
     
  10. • Sigma 60mm f/2.8 lens' sharpness is excellent!​
    Wait till you shoot with more light and there's no camera shake. The is where the Olympus OM-D cameras with their IBIS are handy. I can get tack sharp, hand held shots with that lens @1/15 sec. with my OM-D's, and I'm a not so steady anymore 60.
     
  11. Michael said:
    You are going to love the images you get with your old nikon glass.
    Thanks! Yeah, I'm having a blast trying all of my AI-s Nikkors!
     
  12. Louis said:
    Also check out the other Sigma lenses-19mm and 30mm. Superb quality, fast AF and low $$$. Enjoy your NEX!
    Thanks! Yes, I'm very impressed with Sigma these days. However, the next lens I'm eyeing is Sony's ultra-wide, the 10-18mm f/4.0 OSS (15-27mm equivalent). A bit pricey though, at $848, but, wow, that's a super-wide zoom!.
     
  13. Bruce said:
    [This] is where the Olympus OM-D cameras with their IBIS are handy.
    Unfortunately, sonyalpharumors.com reports that the soon-to-be-announced, Sony Alpha A6000 (which will replace current NEX-6/NEX-7 series models) apparently will not have IBIS. So, the Sony APS-C product line is relegated to lens-based stabilization only, for the time being. I've been following NEX-series developments since their introduction in 2010, waiting for their lens line-up to fill-out. But, nearly four years later, still, Sony makes no fast portrait-length, mid-tele.
     
  14. I also have the Sigma 30/2.8. Nice lens, but on high contrast transitions there is a noticeable amount of CA. Some cameras will remove it when they process JPGs, if they don't, you'll have to remove it in post.
     
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    Sony NEX-3N + Nikkor 50mm f/1.2 AI-s.
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    Sony NEX-3N + Nikkor 50mm f/1.2 AI-s [ISO: 800; f/1.2 @ 1/160th]
     
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    Sony NEX-3N + AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8
     
  17. Sony makes no fast portrait-length, mid-tele.​
    The 50/1.8 OSS is fast enough for most people.
     
  18. Fred said:
    The 50/1.8 OSS is fast enough for most people.
    Sure, f/1.8 is plenty fast--I would just like something a bit longer than a 75mm-equivalent. I would prefer to shoot portraits with something more in the 105-150mm (full-frame equivalent) range.
     
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  20. ralph, that's no longer a compact camera, is it?
     
  21. Sony Alpha NEX-3N + Sigma 60mm f/2.8 DN: Daylight exteriors . . .
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  22. Sony Alpha NEX-3N: Day 5
    Didn't have any time to shoot anything over the weekend (worked on my car all weekend: replaced front-suspension bushings, soldered in a new headlight relay, installed cold-air intake, cleaned MAF/throttle body, etc.). Took my NEX-3N to work today with only the Sigma 60mm f/2.8 mounted for my first daylight exterior tests (all shot in manual mode):
    • Daylight exterior performance of the Sigma 60mm f2.8 is excellent; above images viewed at 100% are impressive.
    • Shooting in daylight without a Hoodman loupe or monitor hood is extremely difficult (due to low LCD screen visibility).
    • AF performance seemed slower on daylight exteriors (compared with night interiors).
    • Very pleasing colorimetry on people.
    • Good highlight handling.
    • Excellent auto white balance performance.
     
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    Sony NEX-3N + Sigma 60mm f/2.8 DN vs. Nikon D7000 + AF-S 60mm f/2.8G Micro-Nikkor.
     
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    Sony NEX-3N + Sigma 60mm f/2.8 DN
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    Sony NEX-3N + Sigma 60mm f/2.8 DN
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    Sony NEX-3N + Sigma 60mm f/2.8 DN
     
  25. Sony NEX-3N AF update:
    From my most recent thread in the Nikon forum:
    . . . at first I had initially gushed over the NEX-3N's "superior" AF speed vs. the Nikon Coolpix A's, but using the Sigma 60mm f/2.8 E-mount lens outdoors today, the NEX-3N hunted aimlessly, and seemed to take forever to lock focus . . . It seems that a bunch of (yet, undetermined) variables appear to be affecting both the NEX-3N's and Coolpix A's auto-focus performance, finally leaving me with the perception that the Coolpix A's auto-focus is somehow more "reliable."
     

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