Anybody try the Techart Pro AF Leica M adapter yet?

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by JonathanF2, Jul 27, 2016.

  1. JonathanF2

    JonathanF2 TalkEmount Veteran

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    Aug 16, 2014
    I'm just wondering if any users on here have tried it yet? I've read mixed reviews, some people really liking it, other people think it's a work in progress. Anyways, I'd love to hear some opinions directly from those who own or have tried it! Thanks!

    TECHART PRO | Leica M to Sony E Autofocus Adapter
     
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  2. JonathanF2

    JonathanF2 TalkEmount Veteran

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    Aug 16, 2014
    I just picked up this adapter. All I can say this is the coolest thing ever! It's not perfect, but it's some impressive technology. I haven't been able to shoot much, but in good light it focuses well comparable to something like a F100 and screw drive prime lens. Fast enough for everything but the quickest moving subjects! It's really dependent on the size and weight of your lens though. It's also worth nothing that the adapter allows for closer focusing if shooting with an SLR lens, due to the longer flange distance with those lenses.

    I'll try to shoot it more in the next couple days, but I'll follow up in this post!

    Techart Pro adapter on the A7 II with a Nikon to Leica M adapter and an old school Nikon 50mm 1.8 AI-S pancake lens -
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    by Jonathan Friolo, on Flickr

    I believe this was shot with the Nikon 28mm 2.8 AI-S Lens -
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    by Jonathan Friolo, on Flickr
     
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  3. WT21

    WT21 TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Is this one of those items that only works on an a7ii or later, and the a7 (original) is out of luck?
     
  4. JonathanF2

    JonathanF2 TalkEmount Veteran

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    Unfortunately the original A7 is out of luck here. I actually prefer the A7 body due to the more compact size. I ended up selling mine, because I'm using entirely AF adapters that rely on that open PDAF protocol.
     
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  5. JonathanF2

    JonathanF2 TalkEmount Veteran

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    A couple more samples with the Techart Pro adapter. If you have a sizable MF collection, I have to say this is a must-have adapter unless you're a total purist! ;)


    Voigtlander 58mm f/1.4 SL-II:
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    techart_voigtlander_58 01 by Jonathan Friolo, on Flickr

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    Voigtlander 58mm f/1.4 Sony A7II Sample 01 by Jonathan Friolo, on Flickr


    Nikon 28mm f/2.8 AI-S:
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    28mm f/2.8 AI-S Sample 01 by Jonathan Friolo, on Flickr
     
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  6. JonathanF2

    JonathanF2 TalkEmount Veteran

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    I guess I'm the only person with the Techart Pro AF adapter! Seriously, this adapter is awesome. It's not as fast as shooting native, but it still pretty good considering the lenses I'm using never had AF to begin with!

    Here are a couple more shots using both the Nikon 50mm 1.8 AI-S and the 28mm 2.8 AI-S lenses:
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    by Jonathan Friolo, on Flickr

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    by Jonathan Friolo, on Flickr

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    by Jonathan Friolo, on Flickr

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    by Jonathan Friolo, on Flickr

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    by Jonathan Friolo, on Flickr

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    by Jonathan Friolo, on Flickr
     
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  7. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Cyprus
    Nick
    These are great shots!!!
     
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  8. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    David
    Yeah, if I had any M-mount lenses, I'd be all over that thing. How's the focusing noise with this adapter? My Techart Contax G adapter works great, but it sounds like a bucket full of washers.
     
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  9. JonathanF2

    JonathanF2 TalkEmount Veteran

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    You don't need M mount lenses. Just get the proper M to <insert mount> adapter and you're good to go! I have old school Nikon AI-S lenses I've been collecting and they work great with the adapter. Though I find anything at 105mm and above needs some fine tuning while focusing, but it's pretty accurate overall. The screw drive AF on it isn't very loud either. Apparently they were able to tweak adapter noise levels with the latest firmware update.
     
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  10. bdbits

    bdbits TalkEmount Veteran

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    Sep 10, 2015
    Bob
    If I hadn't just bought my Techart Contax G adapter (which works pretty well), I would consider buying one of these. Even though at the moment I have no M glass this brings so many AF possibilities to multiple legacy mounts.

    I have been toying with the idea of selling my G adapter to fund this one. Anyone used both and can compare? I would hate to do this and find I should have kept my G adapter.
     
  11. JonathanF2

    JonathanF2 TalkEmount Veteran

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    I think the pros for the Techart M adapter is the possibility to use other mounts. It really breaths new life into my Nikon MF glass.
     
  12. soeren

    soeren TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Soeren
    How about reversed lenses? ;)
    Will it work with an A6000?
     
  13. JonathanF2

    JonathanF2 TalkEmount Veteran

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    Unfortunately the adapter only works properly with PDAF enable cameras like the A7II/SII/RII and A6300.

    In regards to lens reversals, if you have the adequate adapter you should be able to do it.
     
  14. bdbits

    bdbits TalkEmount Veteran

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    Bob
    Well, having an A6000, I guess that is the end of that idea then. :redface:
     
  15. rbelyell

    rbelyell TalkEmount Regular

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    i thought the a6000 got pdaf through a firmware update, no?
     
  16. JonathanF2

    JonathanF2 TalkEmount Veteran

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    I believe both the original A7 and A6000 has the on-sensor PDAF capabilities, but Sony has only opened up the protocols on the newer bodies.
     
  17. AlwaysOnAuto

    AlwaysOnAuto TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Feb 17, 2015
    So if I understand what I've just quickly read on the site you linked to in the OP, this adapter will turn my Leica M mount Summilux into an auto focus lens on my a7ii.
    And with another adapter added will turn my Nikon lenses into the same thing.
    That would be pretty cool since I don't have any native lenses.
     
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  18. michealj

    michealj TalkEmount Veteran

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    Jan 2, 2015
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    Hi Jonathan,
    I just received my adapter yesterday. The only M lens I have is the VC 40mm F1.4 and it is working very well, with a few shots today. I have 2 adapters on order, a OM and Nikon to M mount. The very little I have used it, it will be quite capable for my type of photography. This was taken with the 40mm this afternoon. I can see myself using this set up for walking around.
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  19. JonathanF2

    JonathanF2 TalkEmount Veteran

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    Aug 16, 2014
    Yes and yes!

    I still don't know how this adapter isn't more popular, because it's pretty darn amazing. I ended up getting rid of all my native glass and I just shoot AF adapted now!
     
  20. addieleman

    addieleman Passionate amateur

    Nov 13, 2012
    Netherlands
    Ad Dieleman
    Starting to get interested now :). But I guess it's not possible to fill EXIF with lens data like focal length and aperture? Hope I'm wrong :).