The Sony NEX-7 is the new flagship of the NEX series cameras from Sony. Compact mirrorless cameras are making quite an inroad and are becoming a new choice for both professional DSLR owners and those trying to migrate from a Point & Shoot to something that offers more manual control over their shots, albeit without the bulky weight of a DSLR. Thanks to compact MILC cameras changing lenses to suit shooting needs means users have a lot more option when it comes to specific shooting requirements. If nothing else matches they can still fall back on the trusty tried and tested adapter rings and fit any lens to a MILC and still use it for manual focusing.
The Sony NEX-7 ships with a standard kit lens, the 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 OSS (Optical Steady Shot). the NEX-7 has a 1.5x crop factor as such this lens ends up having a 35mm focal length equivalent of 27-82mm. there are several other change lenses that the NEX series have, but the lack of sheer number and variations make them a unattractive. As such a lot of NEX users prefer looking for other lens manufacturers who can provide compatible lenses for the NEX-7.
The Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III VC is a great zoom lens for the NEX-7. A reasonably wide aperture at f/3.5 gives it a good wide view and a faster performance. This lens is nex7 compatible and thus does not lose its auto-focusing abilities when shooting. It comes with Tamron’s VC image stabilization system for superior shake free images.
The Sigma 19mm f/2.8 EX DN Sony-e is another nex7 compatible lens and this one being a prime lens is faster and has very wide aperture at f/2.8. However there is one major issue with this lens, it does not have image stabilization. As such there could be some significant blurring of the images when shooting.
There are a few issues about using third party lenses on the NEX-7. Using a standard SLR lens with a symmetrical design is not recommended for digital sensors. They are optimized for films and not for electronic sensors and thus the same rule apply for using them with the NEX-7. If you’re using a wide angle lens, then it can be aggravated to an extent. Using any other third party lenses whether or not they are E mount is possible. One can use a third party adapter ring and fit the lens on the camera body. However it comes with a trade off. Mounting a lens using adapter ring lets go off the auto focusing abilities of the camera. One has to use manual focusing only using the focusing ring. A lot of users find that difficult and cumbersome. However that it is whole point of moving from a compact Point & Shoot to a DSLR like camera to be able to have more manual controls.
Manual focusing using the NEX-7’s large EVF is not difficult. There is also a manual focusing assist option and overall should not be a difficult thing to do with a bit of practice.
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