Sony Nex-5N + 18-55mm Lens Black £346.95 delivered @ UK Digital
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Sony Nex-5N + 18-55mm Lens Black £346.95 delivered @ UK Digital

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Found 3rd Oct 2012
Very Good Camera for a very good price. Double this a year ago when released.

I price matched £339 with John Lewis and Collected mine from in-store :).

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Thanks for posting, I've added the price & retailer to your deals title

Great price for the N model. (I don't know that retailer though)

Fantastic price, heat on it's way.

Great camera.

Original Poster

furq

Great price for the N model. (I don't know that retailer though)



Yeah me neither, saw they had a store so went for the price match with JL
Edited by: "ebbz139" 3rd Oct 2012

great camera but main achilles heels are

only a limited optional optical viewfinder
too many options hidden in the depths of a menu system
Edited by: "royals" 4th Oct 2012

Paid £100 more for mine a year or so ago, would happily pay the same again, superb camera, excellent price.
If you want a viewfinder then don't bother with this camera, you can buy the EV1S for another £200 but I wouldn't pay that much for it. The rear LCD screen is high enough definition to focus very accurately and the touch focus works brilliantly.

Can't praise this camera highly enough and the images you get out of it will be EXACTLY the same as the new model NEX 5R and NEX 6, both of which will cost at least twice as much, as they all use the same 16.1MP sensor.

Great camera and a bargain at the price. The lack of a viewfinder is irrelevant on this type of camera but it is a bit annoying having to scroll through the menus to find some of the more expert features.

Extra lenses cost quite a bit though (don't I know it)

How did you match with JL? The one on JL comes with both lenses and this one comes with only the 18-55. Don't the packages have to match for JL to do a price match?

Anyone think this will drop further when the new models are out?

Will be replacing my NEX5 which sadly has a stuck shutter

OP I think you should add that this comes with a free 5 Year Warranty.

Superb Camera paid 429.99 from Jessops a few months back, altho Sony were doing £50.00 cashback at the time - still very happy with this, some great shots, really good filters, great startup time and no lag.
Def a bargain at this price

Has anyone got any experience with this company? I am very tempted but never heard about UK Digital.

Original Poster

-BA-

How did you match with JL? The one on JL comes with both lenses and this … How did you match with JL? The one on JL comes with both lenses and this one comes with only the 18-55. Don't the packages have to match for JL to do a price match?



You are right I can't see it on there website any more which probably means they have stopped stocking it due to the new model about to come out. No I don't think it will drop to much to be honest this is almost half price from what is was when released.

simba2585

OP I think you should add that this comes with a free 5 Year Warranty.



Yeah I saw this but if you read into it it's not fantastic e.g. you get the first 2 years free then you have to pay for labour on repairs after that...
Edited by: "ebbz139" 4th Oct 2012

-BA-

How did you match with JL? The one on JL comes with both lenses and this … How did you match with JL? The one on JL comes with both lenses and this one comes with only the 18-55. Don't the packages have to match for JL to do a price match?

simba2585

OP I think you should add that this comes with a free 5 Year Warranty.

This is a brilliant camera. I have this one and I had the previous version. And one of the best features is that with a ten quid adapter you can chuck any old slr lens onto it and use that (not in auto focus obviously and the lens magnification is increased by 50% due to the sensor size).

Just be aware that some 5n users mention slow focus locking in low light conditions, this weakness having been addressed in later models maybe.

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spatter

This is a brilliant camera. I have this one and I had the previous … This is a brilliant camera. I have this one and I had the previous version. And one of the best features is that with a ten quid adapter you can chuck any old slr lens onto it and use that (not in auto focus obviously and the lens magnification is increased by 50% due to the sensor size).



Got a link to the adaptor you bought?

it depends on what your old lens brand is. Have a look on ebay or dpreview.

get your hands on a minolta rokkor MD 50mm f1.4 lens off ebay and an adaptor (MD to emount) from ebay also.

this is such a fine MF lens....

It is. Or a 58 1.2 if you want to splash out....

hi guys, i was going to buy this camera before... bought the pana g3 (personal pref... viewfinder). anyway tried the price match with john lewis last week and i had an email back the next day saying sorry they couldnt price match!
got my pana g3 for 300 quid from buyacamera.co.uk last sunday as the prices were going up on the 1st.
anyway cheap price for this cam!! heat added

Looked at lots of these smaller CSC cameras (in the end went Panasonic) but they all have the same issue: put anything but a small prime lens on them and they become very unwieldy in the hand; Sony more than most because of the bigger lenses. If you're going to use the touchscreen focus on them you end up effectively supporting the camera in one hand; almost impossible to hold steady with a heavier lens.

That doesn't take away from their capability for excellent shots but it does make them less satisfying to use.

Frankly, once you have a bigger lens on it you might as well have a 'full size' (ie DSLR style) body on the back for improved handling with little extra overall bulk and you'll get a viewfinder too. It's not as though these small bodies are 'pocketable' anyway.

In my case I started with a GF2 then added a G2 and find the GF2 rarely gets used now. The handling of any camera really does matter (and can be a personal thing) so I'd suggest any prospective purchaser tries them with a couple of lenses they might use before splashing the cash. As has been said, the lenses tend to be the higher cost items anyway (esp the Panny ones!) and once you've committed to a brand/system it's very expensive to change.


Edited by: "Besford" 4th Oct 2012

simba2585

get your hands on a minolta rokkor MD 50mm f1.4 lens off ebay and an … get your hands on a minolta rokkor MD 50mm f1.4 lens off ebay and an adaptor (MD to emount) from ebay also. this is such a fine MF lens....




... Or get the SEL50F18! You know you love it.
There's also 35mm F1.8 Sony E-Mount lens coming in November, that's gonna be a beast, can't wait for that.

mikeyfive

... Or get the SEL50F18! You know you love it.There's also 35mm F1.8 Sony … ... Or get the SEL50F18! You know you love it.There's also 35mm F1.8 Sony E-Mount lens coming in November, that's gonna be a beast, can't wait for that.



i already have the SEL50F18...and the sigma 30 and the sigma 19....and a 28f2.8 canon FD....

there is some something about that rokkor that i love...the colours through that are so unique in comparison to the sony's and to top it off it can give very sharp results...i usually find it quicker taking a pic at times with aperture control on the lens instead of messing about with buttons and dials...

simba2585

i already have the SEL50F18...and the sigma 30 and the sigma 19....and a … i already have the SEL50F18...and the sigma 30 and the sigma 19....and a 28f2.8 canon FD....there is some something about that rokkor that i love...the colours through that are so unique in comparison to the sony's and to top it off it can give very sharp results...i usually find it quicker taking a pic at times with aperture control on the lens instead of messing about with buttons and dials...



Excellent, you finally got a working Sigma 30, I still want one of those... Could you recommend a decent Nex - Rokkor adapter, I'm still a bit iffy about getting a third party adapter. Don't wanna break my beloved camera.


mikeyfive

Excellent, you finally got a working Sigma 30, I still want one of … Excellent, you finally got a working Sigma 30, I still want one of those... Could you recommend a decent Nex - Rokkor adapter, I'm still a bit iffy about getting a third party adapter. Don't wanna break my beloved camera.



Mikeyfive i just realised its you and I have a pm in my inbox from you from a while back - my apologies for not replying seems I didn't notice with the new layout

I just bought a bog standard rokkor to nex adapter from eBay - was about a tenner or thereabouts delivered from china...

Same here. And while it is a small camera with a large lens (I usually take out my rokkor 58 1.2) it's still half the size of a DSLR!

For people upgrading and don't need the lens there are plenty of these on eBay for £299 body only.

ebay.co.uk/itm…%26

Original Poster

toaster

For people upgrading and don't need the lens there are plenty of these on … For people upgrading and don't need the lens there are plenty of these on eBay for £299 body only.http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Sony-Alpha-NEX-5N-Black-Digital-Camera-Body-Only-Flash-/390477646950?_trksid=p4340.m1850&_trkparms=aid%3D222002%26algo%3DSIC.FIT%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D11%26meid%3D2524149341041570516%26pid%3D100011%26prg%3D1005%26rk%3D1%26sd%3D130748185536%26



Surely you would just buy it with the lens anway and sell it for around £100...

This is the response i got from JL:

"We can only price match with retailers who have a high street presence, however, UK Digital are an online only retailer. Although they have a showroom; this is located on an industrial estate and does not constitute a high street shop."

Besford

put anything but a small prime lens on them and they become very unwieldy … put anything but a small prime lens on them and they become very unwieldy in the hand; Sony more than most because of the bigger lenses. If you're going to use the touchscreen focus on them you end up effectively supporting the camera in one hand; almost impossible to hold steady with a heavier lens.



I could see why that's a problem with touch shutter, but less of a problem with touch focus. You don'thave to use either function, of course. And the micro 4/3rds zoom lens aren't that big.

(I'm a GF2 and GX1 owner)

Nex 5N is very well balanced with every lens I've used, I've got some incredible shots, both macro and portrait using the touch focus. The camera doesn't have a touch shutter.
I haven't used the heavy 18-135 lens very often to be fair, but if you use the actual lens as a grip and a your hand as a fulcrum over which the lens and camera body is balanced you can very easily and intuitively get perfect results with most shots. I actually find the compact size and light weight easier to use than the very heavy DSLR / lenses I shoot with.
The touch screen works very well in a camera this size and shape, I hear the complaints about lack of function dials but for me a multi-dial camera only really works well with a viewfinder.

Still thinking about treating myself for my birthday and wondering if I should go for the double lens kit for £449. Is the pancake lens quite handy to have? I am not very clued up on zooms either and have a bridge camera at present with a 20x optical. I realise that these kind of lenses are very different but if someone could give me an idea of what lens is equivalent to a 20x optical so that I have some kind of reference to go from. Is the 18-55 similar or would I need the 55-210 kit?

-BA-

Still thinking about treating myself for my birthday and wondering if I … Still thinking about treating myself for my birthday and wondering if I should go for the double lens kit for £449. Is the pancake lens quite handy to have? I am not very clued up on zooms either and have a bridge camera at present with a 20x optical. I realise that these kind of lenses are very different but if someone could give me an idea of what lens is equivalent to a 20x optical so that I have some kind of reference to go from. Is the 18-55 similar or would I need the 55-210 kit?



You wont get anywhere near a 20x zoom range lens for a NEX body, the 18-55 is a 3x zoom and the 55-210 is 3.8x zoom. The best you can do is the Sony 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS which is an 11x zoom but costs £600 and is huge.
A compact like the Panasonic DMC-TZ30 has a zoom range of 20x (35mm equivalent of 24mm-480mm)

Cameras like the Nex-5 are about having larger sensors with small bodies to give high image quality (especially in low light) in a compact package, but are not about the huge zoom range and convenience that bridge cameras offer. I wouldn't rush into buying one until you really know what it is that you require in a camera.


toaster

You wont get anywhere near a 20x zoom range lens for a NEX body, the … You wont get anywhere near a 20x zoom range lens for a NEX body, the 18-55 is a 3x zoom and the 55-210 is 3.8x zoom. The best you can do is the Sony 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS which is an 11x zoom but costs £600 and is huge. A compact like the Panasonic DMC-TZ30 has a zoom range of 20x (35mm equivalent of 24mm-480mm)Cameras like the Nex-5 are about having larger sensors with small bodies to give high image quality (especially in low light) in a compact package, but are not about the huge zoom range and convenience that bridge cameras offer. I wouldn't rush into buying one until you really know what it is that you require in a camera.



Many thanks for the response it does help me to get a better idea of things. What is the pancake lens like? Is it a pretty good general lens to use when out and about rather than the longer lens?

-BA-

Still thinking about treating myself for my birthday and wondering if I … Still thinking about treating myself for my birthday and wondering if I should go for the double lens kit for £449. Is the pancake lens quite handy to have? I am not very clued up on zooms either and have a bridge camera at present with a 20x optical. I realise that these kind of lenses are very different but if someone could give me an idea of what lens is equivalent to a 20x optical so that I have some kind of reference to go from. Is the 18-55 similar or would I need the 55-210 kit?



Totally agree with Toaster the 18-200 Sony lens is good but too expensive, there's an excellent Tamron 18-200 which is a little cheaper and lighter but seriously unless you need a huge telephoto forget the bridge camera, comparing image quality between the bridge and the NEX is like night and day. Any image from the next will be far far better. The NEX series really are as good as any sub £1K DSLR. Better if you get a high end lens... The handling takes some getting used to but once you know what you're doing you'll struggle to get a less than superb image.
I like the 16mm (pancake) with the NEX 5N, (as the camera has the ability to corner correct and remove chromatic problems that the lens is notorious for) it also makes the camera very compact, and would definitely pay the extra for both lenses. Even if you don't like it you can eBay it for £100ish so it's worth the extra. I really wish I had the 16mm again, it's great for landscapes.

I am pretty sold on getting one, to be honest and am thinking about the £449 package which is the SEL 1855mm and SEL 16F28mm Lens rather than the £589 package which is the SEL 18-55mm and SEL 55-210mm Lens. Is this clicking when in filming mode all but fixed now?
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