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Sony NEX-7 — Reader Comments on Images and Commentary

Sony NEX-7

Kevin M writes

Mr. Chambers,

I've been a subscriber to your reviews, but never addressed your images via email.

I want to say for as much as you criticize the NEX line (pro's and con's) the images you've posted on your blog really expose it's potential as a camera. You use the new Voigtlander 35mm lens well.

I really enjoy the last series of shots you've posted on your blog. Your photos are sometimes more art than they are anything else. Please take this as a compliments.

I would recommend the voigt 40mm on the NEX line for a rather nice 60mm field of view. The combo has grown on me this last year.

DIGLLOYD: Thank you Kevin. The rigors of testing often make it challenging to construct images that are interesting (yet with rather mundate subjects), so I’m always glad when I can succeed with images that meet my own personal standards for image quality, setting aside technical aspects. Sometimes (as with comparisons), this is not feasible, becuase one needs the right subject in the right light that doesn’t vary.

I’ll be posting some batches of NEX-7 images with commentary in my Sony NEX-7 review soon. It indeed has plenty of potential as a real camera (far beyond most of the point and shoots out there), and that’s my intent for the review: using it as a camera to make images.

In general, my comments on cameras and lenses have an unwritten context of (a) what would be the best possible solution (ergonomics, technical image quality, visual impact), and (b) what design aspects impede making good images.

I have not tried the Voigtlander 40mm f/2 SL II as yet, but I presume you mean the Nikon mount lens, which I do have (reader actually meant the Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f/1.4). I agree that it’s a very interesting lens for the NEX-7, the pity is that the Sony NEX adapter for Nikon lenses is quite thick to accommodate the flange focal offset differential. The Voigtlander Color-Skopar 21mm f/3.5 SL II might also be interesting, though I don’t have it. I do have the lovely Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f/1.4 SL II however.

Michael S writes

I would second Kevin M's comment about the first images that you are making and sharing with the Nex 7. You are capturing beautiful low light pictures full of depth and feeling with the camera that with the latest post especially of the 3 sisters on the beach are showing a side of you that I haven't seen before with a looseness and ease that sells the camera better than many reviewed before despite your reservations and gripes. The images beat all the words as they are famously apt to do and people will only want the camera more for that!

DIGLLOYD: Thank you Kevin. Indeed, this beach seen felt special to me, and I just went with the feel, the camera becoming just the tool it should be. In that sense it was a great success as a camera, and in spite of challenges of manual focusing, I really enjoyed using the Leica 28mm on it. The Leica lenses have a spectacular ability to deal with contre-jour lighting like this.

Images below shot on the Sony NEX-7 with the Leica 28mm f/2 Summicron-M ASPH.

Contemplating
Sony NEX-7 + Leica 28mm f/2 Summicron-M ASPH
Beat the wave
Sony NEX-7 + Leica 28mm f/2 Summicron-M ASPH
Sisters
Sony NEX-7 + Leica 28mm f/2 Summicron-M ASPH
Years of wonder
Sony NEX-7 + Leica 28mm f/2 Summicron-M ASPH
Waves in time
Sony NEX-7 + Leica 28mm f/2 Summicron-M ASPH
Mission accomplished
Sony NEX-7 + Leica 28mm f/2 Summicron-M ASPH
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