Sony NEX-5N and manual focus

Sony NEX-5N Voigtlander 28mm f/2 Ultron
Sony NEX-5N Voigtlander 28mm f/2 Ultron

After saying that the Sony system I seem to be heading towards would enable me to "stop fiddling about with MF lenses" what did I spend the afternoon doing? Yes, "fiddling about with a MF lens"!!

Sony NEX-5N Voigtlander 28mm f/2 Ultron
Sony NEX-5N Voigtlander 28mm f/2 Ultron

I decided to give my Voigtlander 28mm f/2 Ultron a try on the NEX-5N. Just to see how it worked. It was in fact a delight. This is the best system for focusing a MF lens I've ever used. Better than a Leica rangefinder system because I see the image exactly as it will turn out and I don't have to work with innaccurate frame lines. Better than the system in m4/3 because I don't have to have open up the lens to get accurate focus. With a manual focus lens attached, one button touch or in fact just touching the rear view screen brings up a magnified view, focusing is easy at any aperture because of the focus peaking feature, then touching the shutter button brings back the full image. Simple. If using a small aperture there is actually no need for the magnification screen, as focus peaking shows whole areas that are in focus. Its fast, its easy, its accurate. 

Sony NEX-5N Voigtlander 28mm f/2 Ultron
Sony NEX-5N Voigtlander 28mm f/2 Ultron

Sony NEX-5N Voigtlander 28mm f/2 Ultron
Sony NEX-5N Voigtlander 28mm f/2 Ultron

Sony NEX-5N Voigtlander 28mm f/2 Ultron
Sony NEX-5N Voigtlander 28mm f/2 Ultron

I was manually focusing the 85mm f/2.8 Alpha mount lens I used this morning, and while the process is the same, the manual focus ring is slightly more difficult to operate, being smaller. This is where lenses designed for the purpose work better.
Sony NEX-5N 85mm f/2.8 SAM
Sony NEX-5N 85mm f/2.8 SAM

Sony NEX-5N 85mm f/2.8 SAM
Sony NEX-5N 85mm f/2.8 SAM

I'm going to be writing more tomorrow on the NEX-5N, but initial use indicates that, when fitted with the OLED electronic viewfinder, I believe this to is going to be a great camera for me. The images taken with the Voigtlander 28mm were stunning, incredibly sharp and detailed, not a hint of CA and enlarged to the size of my a77 files, probably superior in terms of resolution. I may have been critical of Sony in the past, but with this camera they have got it seriously right.

I'm not alone in this of course, its been getting rave reviews everytime I've seen it written about. I've already sold my Nikons and yes the M9 has gone too. My m4/3 cameras look like they are destined for ebay too. All for a DSLR lookalike with a mirror that doesn't move and a compact that looks like a bar of soap! Strange times, but I've been photographing with a smile on my face for over a week now, so I'm not complaining.