Well, it was only a matter of time before I try some video on the Sony NEX 5. I used to shoot video a few years ago with camcoders (Hi-8, Digital 8 HDV), but video takes a lot of time to shoot and process. Then, I got the passion for photography and video was a thing a past, until now !
Modern cameras can shoot superb high quality video and the fact that the Sony NEX can be fitted with legacy lenses allows for clips with great HD quality and most important, control of depth of field. In addition to that, the new picture effects of the NEX (added with the latest firmware) can also be used on video, so all these factors combined made me to go out and do some testing.
The following video was shot with the Sony NEX 5 using the Sony 18-55 zoom lens, the Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f1.1 and the Leica Summarit-M 35mm f2.5.
In addition to that I tried the picture effects of the NEX on video. The quality is great and the chance to mess with depth of field opens a new way to creativity.
Some thoughts about video with a photo camera: The main problem I see is the shaking footage. It either requires a tripod for steady shots (although panning is another issue here which may require a dedicated tripod head for smoothness) or the use of special equipment which minimizes shake. Also, the use of ND filters becomes necessary in order to use wide open apertures (a fader ND being the best solution to my opinion).
Despite all these factors, the fact remains that the NEX can become a great video camera for my future videos (i’ve also tried the Fuji X100 but its only 720p and the NEX seems to focus better and faster. Also the NEX being an interchangeable lens camera allows far more flexibility and options).
Well enough with words, here’s the footage of my first video testing with the Sony NEX 5.
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