A while back I bought a Leica CL, knowing the meter needed to be fixed. I just got it back from repair and I noticed how similar in size the NEX3 and CL were. They are within a very few millimetres of having the same width and depth, thought NEX mount is positioned further back (but this doesn’t change if you are using an M mount adapter and an M lens). Even the body only weight isn’t too different – 365g for the CL and 297g for the NEX3. Once you add the M to NEX adapter, there is probably only 30-40g difference in weight.
As for height, the finder-less NEX3 is about 10-12mm lower than the CL, but the NEX7, which is coming out later this year, has a finder and is about 8mm taller than the NEX3. Close to identical in all dimensions!
Is the NEX a modern Leica CL? Just maybe it is. Both are modern compacts that use legendary M Mount lenses. Well the CL was modern when it was launched in the early 1970s!
I am REALLY looking forward to getting my hands on a NEX7. I think it will be an amazing camera, with all the features I am looking for. The only reservation I have is low light performance may be marginal due to the huge 24 megapixel count. Wait and see.
|Rotman School of Management building shot with NEx3 and Voigtlander 35mm f1.4|