More Fun with My Sony NEX 3 and a Cheap CCTV Lens

Owning a Sony NEX means having a choice between three specific lenses only, but it also means that you can use almost any other lens, provided that you buy an adapter and that you're fine with manual focus that the lens has an aperture ring.

Recently I read an article on Steve Huff's blog (the link is below, because IMHO there's a mistake in that article), showing a cheap (under $100) 35mm f/1.7 lens that allows to take interesting and unconventional shots. That's exactly what I was searching for: a cheap fast lens for my NEX.

The lens is a Chinese CCTV lens with an adapter for the NEX. You can find it on eBay. I bought one for less than $40, shipping included. It arrived in 9 days from Hong Kong; the package included the lens, the adapter, some caps and two macro rings. This is the lens with the adapter mounted.

So, what's wrong with Steve's article? The seller he suggests is a liar, since he claims that his lens is not a CCTV lens, while by just looking at it on eBay, you can see that it's just the same lens I bought for a third of the price. So, if you want this lens, get the cheaper one, and stay away from SLR Magic.

Here are my first shots with the Chinese glass: I like the effect so much! Click to open the full image (first two samples are full resolution out of camera JPEGs).

Macro rings work too.

Some other shots, edited with Picasa:

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