Sony is absolute rubbish and that review is clearly biased. There's no way we should be comparing that toy lens/camera with a Leica.
It seems to me the reviewer is more impressed than biased.
I've been using a first generation NEX-5 with adapted Leica glass for the better part of all of last year. I have never reset the frame count, and I have taken 9115 exposures with it, maybe 35 of those with the Sony lens that came with it. Is the NEX perfect? Hardly. The shutter's WAY too loud, battery life could be better, and the interface, when first faced with it, is not very intuitive. Wide angle performance is not great, but I guess that has something to do with the acute angles that digital sensors take in the certain parts of the light spectrum. I only use the 35, 50, and 90mm focal lengths listed in my signature (52.5, 75, and 135, with the crop factor), mostly the 50. There's no way to connect anything but the crappy flash, and there's no viewfinder. The film speed progression goes 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400 and 12800. I'd like to see intermediate settings, and quite honestly the 6400 and 12800 settings don't really produce anything except an abundance of unfixable color noise. I use it with a Hoodman cinema kit
, so I can hold it up to my eye and focus.
I can say, without hesitaiton, that the RAW files that the combination of adapted Leica glass and the NEX5 are capable of, are certainly not rubbish. Unlike Leica's Digital M's, there is a complete use-ability of the files that this camera sensor writes at ISO 1600 and 3200. At 14MP, they are bigger than my D3 NEF files and they have a unique lens signature that no Nikkor can even think about.
I would also contend that with a 50mm Summicron attatched, at ISO 200, 400, or 800, there wouldnt be one
person who frequents these forums who could tell the difference between an on-screen cropped jpg from a Sony NEX3, NEX5, or NEX 7, or any variation of the M8 or M9. To me, it's about the lenses
, not the digital sensor or the camera that contains the sensor.
I saw the NEX-7 at the PDN Photoplus Expo in NYC about 5 weeks ago. The viewfinder is the real deal, and makes the hoodman strap on unneeded. There is still a proprietary port on the top of it, but now flash shoe can be adapted onto it, something I would get for use with a FreeXwire transmitter. 24MP is pretty impressive as well, but I'm more interested in the addition of the ISO 100. The E-Mount lenses? I'm not convinced. I don't have facts to back this up and I am only basing it on the medium range slow zoom that came with my NEX, but my impression is that performance isn't there yet, and I think they're all too frickin large
and clumsy to handle when attached to that body. The Alpha lenses for their DSLR line are impressive (I looked at the 85 1.4 and the 24 2 Zeiss/Sonys that had me thinking), and adaptable to the NEX with autofocus, but they're EVEN BIGGER than the E-mounts.
The NEX-7 body is also only
$1200, but unavailable.
The M9-P body is $7995, and also pretty much unavailable.
The NEX-5n body is $599, 16.1MP with an add on viewfinder (that adds $350 to the price)
First generation NEX-5's can be had for $500 with an autofocus lens.
The M to E mount adapter should cost from $100 to $300. Any adapter that you buy for 30 dollars on ebay is probably a piece of trash. (I use a Fotodiox Pro which cost me $90+ shipping)
Those Sony's also shoot pretty high quality video, if you're into that.
Sorry for rambling.
Edited by Jaybob, 07 December 2011 - 13:45.