Cinematic and photographic lenses for the Sony NEX 5N and FS100 – Part 1

Zeiss Contax G 45mm F2

The NEX 5N’s APS-C sensor behind a mirrorless mount opens up some new possibilities when it comes to adapting lenses for video.

In part 1 I will cover recommended adapters and small walk-around street photography lenses which don’t compromise the compact size of the NEX 5N as a b-roll cam and digital rangefinder. There’s only one Sony pancake at the moment and it’s not very good so these are the answer.

In part 2 I will cover the larger standard SLR primes.

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Do your lenses adapt to the Sony A77 a-mount?

Sony Alpha Leica R Adapter by JIN Finance

All lenses are designed to be placed at a certain distance from the sensor. Too far away and you won’t get infinity focus. In fact – if it’s off by just a few millimetres your lovely lens will become a macro optic only useful for taking snaps of insects and flowers.

So what DSLRs will your current lenses adapt to? The rule to follow is to see what your body’s flange size is. That isn’t innuendo it refers to something technical! Let me explain…

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Voigtlander Nokton 25mm F0.95 teardown, modified with cine gears + Canon FD 50mm F1.2L first look

Matthew Duclos reports that he’s modified a Nokton 25mm F0.95 for film industry use. It has several standard features of a cine lens.

  • Seamless follow focus gear
  • 80mm front ring
  • De-clicked aperture ring

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