Sony and Canon Glass on NEX at the Cincinnati Reds

Sony and Canon Glass on NEX at the Cincinnati Reds

My son was in town during the summer and we took in a Reds game (hyperlink for my overseas readers). He brought his Sony NEX-5N. This model has been replaced now, but this isn’t a review of cameras, it is a commentary on the NEX camera using Sony and Canon glass.

Sony Nex 5n with metabones, 2x extender Canon 70-200

Thanks to Laura at Dodd Camera for the Portraits

I must say that I am a big fan of mirrorless cameras, although I don’t own one myself (unless GoPro counts). The burst rate is amazing, and the size wonderful. However, the point of this little blog post is to show you shots using Canon vs Sony glass.

NEX cameras use the E-mount. To the uninformed when you hear E-mount the first reaction is, “Ugh. Not another mounting system. I wonder what kind of lenses I can get for this camera.” That is a mistake, because with adapters you can put almost ANY type of less on this camera. That is simply wonderful.

For this little demo we are comparing the Sony E-Mount 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Zoom Lens with the Canon 70-200 f/2.8L IS II USM, using the Canon Extender 2x III, attached to the 5N with the Metabones Canon EF Lens to Sony NEX Camera Speed Booster.

There are four shots. I’ll let you be the judge. Of course the Canon 70-200 is probably one of the best stills lenses in the world. For me though, in the back of my head, I wondered how adding a 2x extender along with Metabones adapter would negatively affect the clarity. Well, worry no longer. If you view it at full size you’ll see some detail that is astounding for just a little camera.

Closeup at the Reds

Closeup at the Reds

No post-processing or editing was applied. The shots were done using the auto exposure setting on the camera. The photos link to the 4K+ original images for your viewing pleasure. You should right click on them and save image to your desktop or open them in new window, otherwise wordpress will resize them.

If you zoom in on the top photo you’ll be able to see the tattoo on the catcher’s neck. Pretty amazing for a point and shoot camera from way up in the stands. I’m pretty pleased with this little Sony 5N, the new models must be even better. Also it is impressive that the panoramic is done on the spot in camera on the 5N.

Of course Sony has some great lenses out there. I have a Sony-Zeiss wide angle I really like on my FS700, but it would not have been suitable for this test. Let’s also not forget that the Sony 18-200 is an 11x zoom, something fantastic for ENG style filming. It is impossible to build an 11x zoom to have the same clarity as the 70-200. So in light of that statement, the Sony images look pretty darn good.

We were basically just fooling around that day at the ball park, and Sam took the photos. When I looked at the images today I realized that there is something to be learned by looking at them, especially for FS100 and FS700 owners.

Canon 70-200, 2x extender & Metabones @ 280mm

Burst Mode, Canon 70-200, 2x extender & Metabones @ 280mm, ISO 3200, 1/2000 at f/4.0

Sony 18-200 @ 55mm

Sony 18-200 @ 80 mm, ISO 800, 1/125 at f/5.6

Burst mode Sony 18-200 @ 200mm

Burst mode Sony 18-200 @ 200mm, ISO 1250, 1/320 at f/6.3

Panoramic Sony 18-200 @ 18mm

Panoramic Sony 18-200 @ 18mm, ISO 500 1/60 at f/4.0

6 Photos in Burst Mode

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  1. October 6, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    RT @swainhart: @SonyProUSA NEX cameras are so popular – you can put any lens on them. In this from the cheap seats at Cinci Reds http://t.c…

  2. October 7, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    Do you have any idea what you’re talking about? I’ll just bet you do — and that’s the sad part. You actually DO know you’re talking about, on most everything, and … it’s outrageous, I tell you. The only good part about you being so smart about cameras? — at least I know who to talk to about which video camera to procure.

    • Swainhart
      October 7, 2013 at 11:40 pm

      I just paid attention when Max and Robert T. were trying to help. It pays to listen to your elders.

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