Mike Kobal

October 27, 2011

Amanda Schmidt: City Moments: Sony Nex 5n

Shot during my photo shoot for Aritzia in NYC, since the assignment didn’t call for video, it was a great opportunity to shoot a few experimental clips with my Nex 5n, a Lensbaby and a Computar C-mount 50mm 1.8 lens (readily available on Ebay). Focus peaking is a dream, however it can be a challenge

with the lenses I used since the blur can fool the camera. Shot at 1080/60p and full manual mode, sharpness, contrast and saturation -3, portrait mode. I am using a Hoodloup with this camera and it works very well. The clips here are straight out of the camera except for the b/w blue tint, which was done in post, Iso 1600 for the grainy effect.

Sony Nex 5N with 50mm 1.8 HoodLoupe
The main challenge is attaching a tripod quick release plate and keeping it from rotating every time you move the camera, the contact area is just too small for a solid connection. I am impressed with the sensor (still image quality), video, I like what I have seen so far, the quality appears to be very good, the verdict is still out until I shoot a few more clips.

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Filed under: Beauty,Models Fashion,Video Beauty,Video Fashion — mike.kobal @ 3:09 pm


  1. That is absolutely Brilliant! Dreamy, evocative, surreal, just Magic! I loved it!

    Comment by Josef Tornick — October 28, 2011 @ 2:10 am

  2. thanks Josef!

    Comment by mike.kobal — October 28, 2011 @ 8:42 am

  3. Looks amazing. Great camera and lens too.

    Comment by Martin Irwin — October 28, 2011 @ 10:38 am

  4. thanks Martin

    Comment by mike.kobal — October 28, 2011 @ 10:41 am

  5. really cool… you have a great eye.
    I was wondering do you ever get used to the nex5n touch screen? do the controls become intuitive?

    Comment by Stefan — October 28, 2011 @ 11:19 am

  6. thanks Stefan. NO! I dislike it very much, unlike the touch screens on the droid and iphone, it can’t get used to it on the 5n. Sony didn’t implement it in the Nex-7. They must feel the same lol. my way around is the hoodloup for serious shooting and after customizing the buttons it’s okay, not perfect but i can live with it, this is the best performing crop sensor -rivals the ff sensor in the 5D2, a dream to have a pocketable 5D2 :D for now I will just live with the few shortcomings

    Comment by mike.kobal — October 28, 2011 @ 11:30 am

  7. Your video was truly inspiring, shows what that little camera can do in the hands of a skilled shooter. Lensbaby is now officially on my radar. I’ll look for more of your work on Vimeo.

    Comment by Markus Arike — October 28, 2011 @ 8:50 pm

  8. thanks Markus! the lensbaby is a lot of fun, you won’t regret getting one.

    Comment by mike.kobal — October 28, 2011 @ 8:53 pm

  9. Great work !!

    Comment by JSturr — October 28, 2011 @ 11:18 pm

  10. thanks much, JSturr

    Comment by mike.kobal — October 29, 2011 @ 9:42 am

  11. Hey Mike. Nice work.

    A work around for the tripod issue mount issue is to use a lens adaptor with a tripod mount. I have one for Nikon lenses and one for Olympus OM lenses. Both work really well and it takes the load off the NEX mount and helps balance the set-up. Check ebay, there are many available.

    Does the Hoodman Hoodloup cover the full display? I’ve been looking at grabbing one.


    Comment by Adam — October 31, 2011 @ 10:55 am

  12. thanks Adam, great tip, will check them out, yes, you can see the full image/video and the controls to the right, the hoodloup doesn’t cut into it, however, it doesn’t cover the full physical lcd panel

    Comment by mike.kobal — October 31, 2011 @ 11:04 am

  13. Good stuff Mike. I liked the results of it so much I went and bought the computar 50mm on ebay. I just received it but it doesnt seem to focus and vignettes heavily with a c-mount adapter. Did you perform any mods to the lens to get it to work for you?


    Comment by Rich C — November 2, 2011 @ 10:14 pm

  14. thanks Rich, aye, sorry to hear that, no modifications, mine works fine, just send it back, I got a few Industar lenses that didn’t work and had to be returned.

    Comment by mike.kobal — November 2, 2011 @ 10:18 pm

  15. Hi Mike,

    I like your hands on approach to your photographic challenges, you always come up with some unconventional solution that focuses on the basic problem.

    I do a lot of travel photography and I try to get my gear smaller and lighter and want to use a Nikon D 7000 and a (Sony Nex 5n or a Panasonic G3/GX1) with a Fotodiox adapter for my Nikon D and G lenses.

    Is your Sony Nex 5n set up with the Hoodmann loupe only good for video or does it work well for stills too?
    Your combination of the small Nex 5n body with the Hoodmann loupe looks like it should handle very well for stills and video.

    Erik Neu

    Comment by Erik Neu — December 31, 2011 @ 8:29 am

  16. thanks Eric, and yes, the hoodloupe on the 5N works great for both, video and photo

    Comment by mike.kobal — December 31, 2011 @ 9:41 am

  17. Thanks Mike,

    great help for me.
    This combo seems to be perfect match for my needs, (perfect value for money bundle).

    Danke fuer die schnelle Antwort und Guten Rutsch nach NY.

    Erik Neu

    Comment by Erik Neu — December 31, 2011 @ 10:27 am

  18. vielen dank, prosit neujahr, erik

    Comment by mike.kobal — December 31, 2011 @ 11:34 am

  19. magical video! the music gave me goose bumps! what piece of music is this? sounds like bach.


    Comment by alter_ohm — January 21, 2012 @ 8:55 am

  20. thanks alter_ohm!, Vivaldi, Concerto No. 7 in F Major RV 567: III – Adagio – – for 4 Violins, Strings and Continuo

    Comment by mike.kobal — January 21, 2012 @ 9:01 am

  21. thanks mike, and who are the performing artists of this particular concerto no.7 ?

    Comment by alter_ohm — January 21, 2012 @ 9:42 am

  22. that I don’t know and I believe it wasn’t listed, got it from the vimeo music store, unfortunately it doesn’t allow me to send you a direct link to the song

    Comment by mike.kobal — January 21, 2012 @ 9:49 am

  23. no problem, it’s not hard to find. it’s a pity they don’t provide full info.


    Comment by alter_ohm — January 21, 2012 @ 10:07 am

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