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Sony Nex-7 with Leica legacy M lenses rolling review #2

January 16, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Sony Nex-7 and Leica glass rolling review #2The Sony Nex-7 with a collection of Leica glass.

Sony Nex-7 with Leica 35 f2.0 Vers.1 , 50 f1.4 Vers. 1 and 90 f2.8 Tele-Elmarit

 

This morning I went out to shoot some more test shots on a really flat light day - fog. I headed over to Pigeon Cove in Rockport and was able to make some nice images that had no focusing issues.

 

This was my setup:

Lenses to test - 35, 50, 135

I set the camera up on Shutter Priority, Auto ISO

This gave me the opportunity to use the full extent of the two dials at the right on the back of the camera. The left control dial of the two controls shutter speed, the right one controls exp. compensation and the camera controls ISO very cool. You just have to be aware of what is going on with the ISO. You may inadvertently be shooting at a high ISO without meaning to. Auto ISO only goes up to 1600. On manual it goes up to a much higher value.

 

Nex-7 with Leica 50 f1.4

 

Today I really wanted to test out my Leica 135 f4.0. I have never used this lens much and wanted to give it a whirl. Wow - it really is a nice piece of glass. I pumped up the red fringing to high and started doing some shooting with the lens of some lobster boats going out for the day. I was very careful with the focus making sure the red fringing was the heaviest on the area I wanted in focus. Below is one of these shots.

 

Leica Tele-Elmar 135 f4.0 Sony Nex-7 with Leica Tele-Elmar 135mm f4.0, 35mm equiv. 202.5mm

 

Here is one thing I discovered along the way which has been helpful. Plenty of folks have complained about the video button saying that it accidentally can be activated. This is true but it will only start video recording if the button is turned on in the menu. When it is turned off it displays a warning saying shooting video is not allowed. Then you just press the shutter button and it goes away.

 

The setup I used, mentioned above really helped. I was able to concentrate on shooting and not worrying what the ISO was. For street shooting this would be a great tool. I hope to do some of that for this review in the future. Right now I'm just getting used to the camera and focusing. I must say it is real fast after you get it down.

Here is another shot of a lobsterman's coils of rope in storage.

 

Sony Nex-7 and Leica Summilux 50mm f1.4 Sony Nex-7 with Leica Summilux 50mm f1.4, 35mm equiv. 75mm

 


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