Sony recently released a couple of interchangeable lens cameras – the NEX-3 and NEX-5. They give photographers the chance to use a lightweight compact, with the added functionality of being able to switch lenses and make use of different focal lengths and apertures.
When Sony announced the NEX-3 and NEX-5, it also released three compatible Sony lenses – the 16mm F/2.8 “pancake” lens, the 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 zoom, and the 18-200 F/3.5-6.3 zoom. Additionally, it confirmed the release of an optional LA-EA1 Mount Adapter to extend the range of compatible lenses to include other Sony Alpha models, other A-mount manual focus lenses, along with Minolta and Konica Minolta AF lenses.
We can't help but think being tied down to Sony (or Minolta) lenses might end up being a bit frustrating, though – especially if you’re a keen photographer who has already invested in other lenses from the likes of Canon and Nikon, and you just want to be able to take a lighter weight compact out with you now and again.
The folks over at the Japanese manufacturer Rayqual obviously think the same way, and have snapped up this opportunity. They will shortly be releasing an additional range of adapters for the two Sony cameras.
Priced between 19,950 and 25,200 yen (US$220 to $275), these adapters will give you the opportunity you to mount your trusty Nikon, Canon FD, Pentax and Leica lenses onto your NEX-3 or NEX-5.
As the Sony compact cameras don’t include a mirror, there shouldn't be a problem with compatibility. However, Rayqual does warn that if you are using a prime lens, you may experience some slight cropping.
The Sony NEX-3 and NEX-5 compact cameras offer a resolution on 14.2 effective megapixels and feature an Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor. This would be a great way to lighten up your camera bags if you want to venture out without an expensive and heavy DSLR, especially as both compacts measure in at around 290g.
Rayqual’s NEX-3 and NEX-5 adapters will be available for shipping from July 2010.