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February 11, 2012

Portrait of the day: Alex Samoshkin: Sony Nex 7, Concept grip

Filed under: City Life,Portrait Photography,Street Photography,Uncategorized — mike.kobal @ 9:29 pm

Shutter speed 1/400 F 5.6 ISO 100 LA-EA2 Tamron 90mm Macro

above: my idea for the perfect Nex 7 grip

A few portraits of Alex, shot with the mighty impressive Sony Nex 7 (available for preorder for march 1st!). Ah, you noticed the grip? Something I have been (and still am) missing on this camera from day one, especially when the shooting gets serious. More after the break

Ownuser, as seen on Sonyalpharumors, is about to release one but its bulky and ugly. I decided to play around a little and came up with this simple extension. I have no need for a vertical shutter and it shouldn’t add significant weight, though I wouldn’t mind a large built in (even non removable?) propriety battery. I am just looking for a full size grip here. The Nex 7 would handle much better, especially with the LA-EA2 and Alpha mount lenses attached. Let’s hope someone will take this idea and make one, maybe even Sony! My favorite lenses for this shoot: Tamron 90mm 2.8 macro and the original Minolta 28mm 2.8 (search on Ebay).

Shutter speed 1/40 F 4 ISO 800 LA-EA2 Minolta 28mm 2.8

Shutter speed 1/640 F 8 ISO 100 LA-EA2 Minolta 28mm 2.8

Shutter speed 1/1250 F 5.6 ISO 100 LA-EA2 Minolta 28mm 2.8

Shutter speed 1/640 F 6.3 ISO 100 LA-EA2 Minolta 28mm 2.8
To hear Alex sing and play, check out this video we shot a little while back
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  1. [...] The grip designed by Mike Kobal. [...]

    Pingback by sonyalpharumors | Blog | New Sony NEX-7 news and reviews roundup.... — February 13, 2012 @ 10:27 pm

  2. Hello Mike,

    In terms of video quality and also overall best bang for buck, which camera would you recommend for a beginner-intermediate person like myself?. My budget is around £1K. I have been looking into Nex 7 and Olympus OMD lately but have heard that NEX 7 video quality is not that great.

    Please advise. Hope to hear from you soon.

    Many thanks,


    Comment by Faisal Ali — February 16, 2012 @ 6:29 am

  3. Overall best value would be the Nex 5N and best overall video quality, the GH2. OMD we will have to wait until it becomes available. Really depends on what you shoot, For people, portraits (fashion, beauty and weddings) the Nex 7 and 5N produce great video. For city and landscape, the GH2.

    Comment by mike.kobal — February 16, 2012 @ 6:58 am

  4. I love the color rendering of the Minolta lens! Interesting.

    The grip design is simple and great. I really hope someone will pick this up because it would be a big improvement how to hold the camera. I am very happy with the Nex7 as it is. But with a small grip like that it can be great! Thanks for sharing the idea.


    Comment by Ruud — March 21, 2012 @ 3:31 pm

  5. I love all the pictures!!!!!!

    Comment by Sumana — March 25, 2012 @ 10:57 am

  6. thank you :)

    Comment by mike.kobal — March 25, 2012 @ 11:01 am

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