Sony NEX-7 & Nikon 50mm f1.4D

I remembered this week that I’ve got the Fotodiox Nikon to Sony NEX adapter and managed to dig it out from its hiding spot.  I have just one Nikon lens that’s not a “G” lens (G lenses don’t have aperture rings) and that’s a 50mm f1.4 D that I bought several years back and rarely use.  I suppose that with the crop factor it’s the equivalent of a 75mm lens on the Sony.  The photos here aren’t anything special, just testing out the combination to see how it performs.

The Sony NEX-7 has a manual focus assist built in.  Once you turn it on, it highlights the areas that are in focus (and you have options for the highlighting as well) which is tremendously helpful to me.  Both the big LCD screen and smaller EVF provide a decent idea of depth of field as well as a little exposure guide – I’m shooting shutter priority so once I set the f stop I want, I dial the shutter speed up or down to get proper exposure.

Of course with an f1.4 lens you can really work the depth of field.

These folks are all standing around at lunch time watching the news on the giant screen TV in the plaza.

1/10th of a second hand-held, which is why it’s not quite sharp, trying for that creamy water flowing effect.

Grand Millennium Plaza, on the Central/Sheung Wan border, is a nice relaxing place to chill for a bit at lunch time.

I was wishing I had a 50mm (or wider) lens in my pocket for this shot.

Although just the reflection on its own is kind of nice, too.

All in all, rather promising results.  It makes me think I should stop by Champagne Court in TST to see what other older Nikon lenses I could pick up cheap.



  1. Buck February 22, 2012 at 2:34 am #

    It’s an interesting idea to repurpose some older manual lenses on a new digital camera. These came out nice.

  2. UII February 28, 2012 at 8:51 am #

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