February 14 2013 - Photo Jottings

February 14 2013


Sony NEX 35/1.8 update, with comp!  

A few people didn’t like the look of my crops, and thought the Sony NEX 35/1.8 was crummy.  Well, that’s not the case, maybe my crops are crummy, but not the lens as a whole.  I try to take test images from different subjects, just to keep things from being too repetitive, but sometimes they don’t do the lens or camera justice.  In this case, I think it was a fractal issue, oh well.  I looked through some of my other images I’ve taken with a different lens with the same area of coverage, and found I have the same basic pictures from the Panasonic Leica 25/1.4!  So now we can build a comparison between the two, but it’s not perfect since they were not taken at the same time,
so viewer beware!  The comp is located at the very bottom of the review.

As a quick summery for folks with time constraints; the Sony NEX 35/1/8 OSS can hold its own against the spectacular Panasonic when stopped down a little, and probably will show better sides, especially at smaller apertures.  In the end, the Sony is a little soft at the widest aperture, but looks very good stopped down one stop or more.  The Sigma 30/2.8 is a great buy if you don’t need stabilization or an extra stop and a third of light.

Some people say I got a bad copy, maybe because their expectations were too high, but why is it when I rave about a lens like this one, no one every claims I got a perfect copy, and that it’s not indicative of the rest, and that I should re-test with a mediocre copy?

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