Snapshot Voyager is about my own personal photography journey. I am always looking to try something new, inquisitive as to how it works, and to the end results I might achieve.

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Leica CL vs Sony NEX

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

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