©2011 CRAIG LITTEN

©2011 CRAIG LITTEN

Sony NEX 5n w/Voigtlander Color-Skopar 21mm f/4.0 P Pancake Lens

This tiny camera was not only my first Sony, but my first Leica. Not really, but I thought so when shooting with it. At least it was closer to a Leica (in form factor) than any SLR or DSLR I've ever used or owned. At the time this photo was taken, late 2011, I had never owned a Leica, but since then my Leica days have come and gone, succumbing to Sony (see blog post below from last month). The attached lens is about a 32mm equivalent, all manual Voigtlander. It's a great lens, but made for a Leica M camera or a Voightlander Bessa--both cameras that employ the M-Mount. I also owned the Voigtlander Color-Skopar 35mm f2.5 lens, and remains one of my all-time favorite lenses to this day.

I really loved this little camera, took some great photographs with it and had a lot of fun. But at the time I didn't think Sony was ready for prime time so I sold it. A few of the reasons were that it didn't have a viewfinder, I didn't like the lens choices in the e-mount line and the menus were killing me. But the main reason was that this tiny Voigtlander lens, being adapted to the e-mount, had severe magenta color shifts in the corners as well as severe vignetteing. Not because it wasn't a fantastic lens, but because it wasn't "made" for the e-mount with such a shallow lens flange distance to the sensor. I didn't rejoin the Sony revolution until the release of the A7s in 2014 (which I learned about from Steve Huff), then sold everything and completely switched over to Sony for all my work. It took me about a year to completely switch to Sony.

I always regretted selling this set-up, so late last year I replaced it with an NEX 5T (basically an upgraded NEX 5N with some of the features of the a6000). I love the 16MP sensor in these cameras as it's capable of some amazing image quality. Besides that, it's tiny (about half the size of the a6000) and gives me an extra, viable, backup for even paid work. If you're interested in any Voigtlander lenses, the place to purchase them in the USA is Camera Quest.

 

shots Below taken with the NEX 5N & the Voighlander lenses

©2011 CRAIG LITTEN

©2011 CRAIG LITTEN

©2011 CRAIG LITTEN

©2011 CRAIG LITTEN

©2011 CRAIG LITTEN

©2011 CRAIG LITTEN

©2011 CRAIG LITTEN

©2011 CRAIG LITTEN


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