Tips on adapters

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by pixael, Aug 1, 2013.

  1. pixael

    pixael TalkEmount Rookie

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    Aug 1, 2013
    Dublin
    Hi guys
    My first post here. I've got a new 5r and I'm enjoining it. Just a bit disappointed with the lenses range, I was thinking to buy an adapter. As I know there are no adapters that allow to autofocus. Is that correct? I would buy a Nikon adapter do you own one? Any experience?
    Thank you very much.

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  2. addieleman

    addieleman Passionate amateur

    Nov 13, 2012
    Netherlands
    Ad Dieleman
    Almost all adapters are without any electronics in them. However, there is a Metabones NEX -> Canon EF adapter that supposedly allows AF. I have no experience with it and it's expensive so possibly only worthwhile if you have some serious Canon EF(-S) glass.
     
  3. pixael

    pixael TalkEmount Rookie

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    Aug 1, 2013
    Dublin
    Thank you very much I'll check it out.
     
  4. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave
    What he said.



    1- You open your self up to a whole widerange of lenses, many of which can be had for a fraction of the cost.

    2- Other than the aforementioned Metabones, you loose AF. This is a mixed bag. I really love MF, and the NEX handles it brilliantly. However there are times when it is so much easier to AF.
     
  5. ecaggiani

    ecaggiani TalkEmount Regular

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    Jun 19, 2013
    San Jose, CA
    Ed Caggiani
    If you want to use Sony A-mount lenses with auto focus, you can get the LA-EA2 adapter (pricey... you can find it for around $250 used). This adapter contains built-in translucent mirror technology, essentially converting your NEX to a DSLR using Phase Detection focusing, which is much faster than contrast detection. I have one and it works great, but I only got it because my wife has a collection of A-mount lenses that we can now share. May not make sense to spend the money if you don't already have A-mount lenses.
     
  6. -et-

    -et- TalkEmount Veteran

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    Jan 26, 2013
    Southern California
    Tom
    As far as I am aware, there are currently no adapters for Nikon lenses that provide auto-focus capability on a NEX. Sony does offer adapters that will allow auto-focus with the Minolta and Sony A-mount lenses.

    I have a large collection of Minolta Maxxum auto-focus lenses, so I bought the Sony LA-EA2 adapter and have been quite satisfied with the results. For a relatively small investment it gave me access to a very complete set of auto-focus lenses - most of which I already owned.

    FWIW, I also have a number of manual-focus lenses for which adapters for use on a NEX are very inexpensive.

    - Tom -
     
  7. pixael

    pixael TalkEmount Rookie

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    Aug 1, 2013
    Dublin
    Thank you very much guys I really appreciate your help. I guess I should improve my ability to MF as with the peaking feature it's easier on Sony cameras. It will really open up a new world to me as he said :)
     
  8. Savageajc

    Savageajc TalkEmount Regular

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    Jul 31, 2013
    I'm in the same boat as you, working on my MF with the 18-55. I just ordered a
    Minolta md --> e mount and canon fd -> e mount adapter from amazon this morning. Now going to scour Craigslist for some Minolta/fds
     
  9. pixael

    pixael TalkEmount Rookie

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    Aug 1, 2013
    Dublin
    I guess I'll go for a Nikon adapter as I have some Nikon lenses.