i got on bay industar-69 28mm F2.8 for 30 bucks from ukraine. and old lens for old russion camera from early 70’s. with the leic m39 adapter it makes pretty small package together with nex5. there old lenses and heavly used. same of the lense can have lot vignette or scratches etc. same people buying 3-4 lense to get a good one. i just gamble and order the next best one. my lens was medium-heavy used its have same vignette wide open. before you use on nex you adjust the bolt/stopper inside the lens. its quite easy, you just need smal screwdriver. mike kobal have how-to video on his blog.
the lens is not the sharpest wide but its still ok. it gets better at 5.6. its not sharper lens but its has nice look, specially in black and white. overall it makes a nice street shooter lens if you not wanna get supersharp images for huge prints. the best thing is: its so small. because this smal pancake size the apture control is on the front side of the lens, which is little annoying.
the lens is metal build and feels soild. the focus ring need many turns if focus from far to close. with the removed bolts (show in the video) i can focus close as 20cm.
i’ve used the TEKTON 2987 Precision Screwdriver Set. a another thing, i found out, the lens can not focus to infinity. because of the distance to nex sensor. you need filing down the focus ring. –> the focusring can turn deeper into lens body and allows a infifinty focus.
check out the images. shoot in 2.8 and 5.6
same time ago i bough a lens on ebay for 40 bucks. the minolta rokkor-x 45mm F2.0 prime lens. its really old lens, manuel focus, but really good optics. with a adapter, i got really high end lens.
the focus peaking helps the find focus fast but for really sharp images you need “MF assist” option of the nex (a digital 14x zoom). the lens itself is plastic and very light, but feels solid.
i am surprise about the good quality of the lens. the old bad things is the MD adapter is little big. the lens without the adapter would a perfect compact size for nex5. but overall a really good lens, not much to complain.
–> i will use it more times.
another one at f2.0
more pictures can be found here
last weekend: sony nex5 and the slr magic 35mm toy lens
(straight from the camera)
They are snapshot, just point and shoot, i’ve missed many times the focus (manuel focus)
chinese new year parade in donwtown L.A. It was much smaller than the parade in sydney usally. also less costuemes like in downtown.
i took the picture with sony nex 5 and 35mm F1.7 slr magic lens. this 40 bucks less gives the pictures a kind of a Retro-Flair, which i like.
this little lens gives back a lot contrast in it images rendersm which quite surprise me. the lens can be very sharp if stop down, but wnats this? i bough this lens to get dreamy look with aperture wide open. the result i get with F2 which gives a creamy/dreamy look and still sharp enough at the center.
(for one picture i did not used 35mm, guess which one)
using nex 5 and slr magic 35mm toy prime