FotodioX Adapter for Nikon G Lens to Sony NEX Mount

A couple of weeks ago I purchased a Sony A7 camera from Cathay Photo but I unfortunately was not able to purchase an adapter from them.  They were selling a Metabones adapter at over S$500 which means it was out of my budget.

I really wanted to get an adapter so that I can use my Nikon lenses especially my 50mm.  I’ve been looking forward to doing another round of 50/50 wherein I will take photos for 50 days using my 50mm lens.  It’s a good way to hone your skills and to also feel comfortable with your camera.

I was looking around Singapore online stores for a good but not so expensive adapter but unfortunately did not find any.  I was, however, able to find one at B&H.  I chose the FotodioX Adapter for Nikon G Lens to Sony NEX Mount.  It sold for US$59.95 which is around S$75.  I used my VPost address in the US to ship it back to Singapore and based on the VPost website the shipping fee will be around S$20.

That means I managed to save around S$400 compared to the Metabones that Cathay Photo was selling.  I am not sure though if the FotodioX will be of the same quality as that of the Metabones.  Based on what I’ve read, the Metabones is one of the better brands that market these NEX adapters.

The adapter has not reached me yet but once it does I will surely give it a spin.  I will write another post about it and give my feedback on whether or not this was a good plan and if the amount saved (S$400) is actually something I can confirm as savings or a bad deal.  I should be getting the adapter by next week.  Until then I will just have to wait another weekend with just the kit lens.

UPDATE:

I forgot to mention that VPost has a promo for the Great Singapore Sale.  Using the voucher code GSS15 you will get 15% off your shipping.  Mine ended up as being S$17 instead of S$20.  This voucher code is only valid until tomorrow, 25 June 2014.

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Sony A7 Camera

I got this urge over the weekend to finally go and upgrade my camera.  I decided to purchase Sony’s full frame mirrorless camera, the Sony Alpha 7 or Sony A7.  This is the model with the smaller megapixels, the bigger megapixels one being the Sony A7R.  I decided to get the A7 model because of three things:

  1. Budget – The Sony A7 and A7R are pretty much the same and the main difference is the megapixels.  Because I had to limit my expenses I decided to go for the cheaper model.

    The Sony A7 was selling at Cathay Photo for S$2,159 (with kit lens) and the Sony A7R was at S$2,499 (body only).

    The same models were selling at Sony stores around the island at S$2,199 for the A7 and S$2,549 for the A7R.  The Sony stores have a “Cash Rebate” promo until the end of June 2014 wherein they reduce S$200 and S$250 from the A7 and A7R, respectively.  The prices I have mentioned already have the “Cash Rebate” reduction.

    Online, I checked Digital Rev’s website and the price was similar to the pre-“Cash Rebate” amount from Sony.

    I did not look at other stores – I’m not really the type who canvasses a lot.

    I bought mine from Cathay Photo.

  2. Lens Availability – Although the Sony E-mount can be fitted with Nikon or Canon lenses, you have to purchase an adapter to do so.  At the time I bought the camera, Cathay Photo was selling a Metabones adapter for S$590.  I do no have budget yet for this so I settled for the kit lens.  It does have a good enough focal range for my personal taste and it would suffice for the things that I plan to use the camera for.  I am however in the process of acquiring an adapter for only S$75 that is assuming I don’t get bombarded by shipping cost.

    The Sony A7R is not sold with any lens.

  3. Speed – Of the two models, the A7 was said to be the faster of the two.  Websites mention it going 5fps compared to the 3fps of the A7R.  Most websites say that A7R is for those who take photos inside studios or do portraits.  That’s not me.

I am satisfied so far with the purchase.  I like how light it is compared to my old D90 camera.  Also, the size of the cam is a relief.  Tourist do not approach me and ask that I take a picture of them which often happens when I have my D90 with me.  I guess the bigger the camera the more “pro” you look to most people, right?

I did feel some uneasiness with the way the semi-auto functions like aperture priority and shutter priority operated.  It’s as if there is something wrong with them, which led me to use the camera mostly in manual.  I am not used to going all manual but it somehow felt easy with this camera.  I’m thinking it is probably because of the electronic viewfinder.  Whatever changes you make to your settings you see it right away in the viewfinder.  Unlike my D90, which has an optical viewfinder, you won’t see the changes.

The battery sucks though.  With my Nikon D90 I don’t have to worry about battery drain.  For the Sony A7, I started at 100% and ended my day at 20%.  I only took around 100 shots!  It was published that one full charge would last 304 shots.  I guess the suggestion from most websites are true then – get an extra battery.  It might be related to the software of the camera much like your usual smartphone.  Normally you see Apple release updates that say fix their battery issues and I feel it will be the same for any mirrorless system.

I loved having the ability to share my photos from my camera to social media in an instant.  This camera has wifi capabilities and getting your photo from the camera to your phone is easier compared to having to download your photos to your computer then upload your photos to either an online site like Flickr or directly to your phone.  However, the Sony proprietary software to download the camera, PlayMemories Mobile, is not too user friendly in the iPhone.  I noticed that for me to be able to copy pictures from my camera to my iPhone I had to constantly turn my phone’s airplane mode on and off again – basically resetting my network.  If I do not do the camera and the iPhone, even if you put them right next to each other, will not be able to find one another.

It has an NFC chip so I assume getting the pictures to your phone will be easier for most Android phones.  Apple still has not introduced NFC to the iPhone at the time of the writing of this post.

Overall, I am happy with the camera especially the connectivity it offers.  I am hoping that Sony will find a way to reduce the battery drain and also to improve their PlayMemories app.  As for the lenses, Sony is reported to be releasing 14 or 15 lenses within 2014 – currently they already have 5 including the kit lens.  The lenses are not cheap though but they are Carl Zeiss lenses.

Below are some samples of the photos I took with the Sony A7.

Let’s All Press the Reset Button – Now Let It Go

It’s been four months now since I took on my next challenge here in Singapore.  I had to temporarily abandon my plans to continue my life back home because of an urgent thing that came to my life last February.

I will still go for that dream though – to have my own restaurant.  I already have the concept, recipes and menu down but I haven’t yet prepared a business plan.  This is where I am severely weak.  Anything related to business even at work.

One of the main reasons why I hated my last job was the need for my role to know the business side of our application.  That was just not me and so there I went and left the company I worked for almost half a decade.

But that is the past and for people to succeed we must learn to let go and so I must, I will and I have let go.

My next goals in life is to just take it easy.  Not to pressure myself and to just watch life go by.  Learn from what I observe.  Improve myself based on those observations.

In short…CHILLAX…

Singapore is a good place to relax in because of all the convenience it brings.  Yes it is expensive but you have to pay for good service and Singapore does provide good transportation, safety, overall status of living, and a good future for anyone willing to work well in this fast and evolving country.

I have reset my weight loss goal.  I abandoned that aspect of my life for several months because of more pressing matters but I have come to a point already that I told myself the best thing I did while I was jobless was to improve my health.  So here I am committing again to the challenge to lose weight and to reach my target weight.

So wish me luck!