In this article I used the Fotodiox EF to E-Mount Lens Adapter, the Sony Nex-5n and my Canon 135mm f/2 L Lens!! I’ve been using the Sony Nex-5n like crazy the past few days testing out the wide angle conversion lens, but I got board of that and decided to play with some Professional Grade Glass! So, I got my Fotodiox lens adapter and the Canon EF 135mm f/2 L Lens, out of my camera bag. The Canon 135mm just looks magical when you take pictures with it, and you will see in a second what I’m talking about. The Sony A-Mount 135mm is very similar from what I’ve seen, but I have not had a chance to use it myself yet. In due time 😉
A super fast lens like this is pretty hard to use on the Nex camera with a passive lens adapter though, because there is no electronics going to the lens which leaves the aperture stuck wide open at f/2.0. This results in an extremely shallow depth of field like a 1/4 inch or so when very close to your subject. Here’s what the Canon 135mm looks like on the Nex-7 with the Fotodiox lens adapter.
Manual focusing is pretty difficult with a lens like this, so I had Focus Peaking turned on which helps considerable, but the slightest movement and your out of focus. A tri-pod is really the way to go, and your subject should be still. Try telling that to Layla or Chubs though!! I actually prefer the challenge of hand-holding sometimes as the shutter speeds were more than fast enough with an f/2 aperture in the daylight. The extreme shallow depth results in some killer effects and images look almost 3D with a bokeh that resembles a fantasy world of color. I can’t really think of how else to describe the bokeh this lens pumps out!!
This Pro Grade Optics also shows you what the Sony Sensors and/or Nex cameras are really capable of in the real world. The standard E-Mount glass, as good as it is for the money, simple cannot compare optically.
This is a shot of an upcoming tri-pod from a future review I’m still working on. Shot in the kitchen with the long window draps as a backdrop Notice how the drapes just melt into a butter brown bokeh!!
Here’s another shot from the same angle but much further from the subject. You can see the detail in the drapes a bit better and get an idea of what they look like with less blur.
Here’s one more snapshot of Layla from a bit of a distance. Looking through the railing spindles you can see that killer bokeh again.
That is about it for now, using the Fotodiox EfFto E-Mount Lens Adapter, the Sony Nex-5n and my Canon 135mm f/2 L Lens!! Please share this article with your friends if you think they will like it!!