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Post Options Post Options   Quote neilt3 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 December 2023 at 01:34
Although I use A mount and E mount cameras ( amongst others !) If your mostly interested in sticking with your A mount lenses , then I'd stick with A mount .

I also have the a580 , though I were never really impressed by it's AF , though it was an improvement from my a100 .

The main gear I use now is the a99ii and a77ii in A mount , with most of the Minolta lenses from the 16mm fisheye to the 400mm f/4.5 G and 500mm reflex in primes and the Sigma 12-24 to Sony 70-400mm G in zooms plus a few APS-C lenses .
So I'm pretty much sorted .

Before getting the a99ii , the a900 was my main full frame camera . I had been considering an a7iii as an upgrade for live view as the a99ii weren't coming up for sale .
I'd finally decided to get one just as the LA-EA5 was announced and wouldn't AF my screw driven lenses on it , so cancelled .
The LA-EA4 that I had wasn't impressive compared to what I had in A mount bodies .

That's when I picked up a used a7Riv and LA-EA5 , plus a couple of native , full frame E mount lenses .
Which was a good set-up .
The used a7Riv was much more than a new a7iii , so a better option to me .

It was not long after a used a99ii came up followed by the a6600 .
Chuck into the mix a full spectrum NEX 6 , and I'm fixed up with anything I could need for a good few years .

Well , there's always another lens though !

So if your happy with your A mount gear , consider sticking with it , just upgrade the a580 .
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Phil Wood Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 December 2023 at 00:11
With the A7iii you will need the LA-EA4, which works pretty well with all A-mount lenses from Minolta and Sony. Other makes are more hit and miss, but most will be fine (early Sigmas being more susceptible than most to AF problems).

If you have lenses with internal focussing motors (SSM, SAM, HSM, etc) it's worth getting an LA-EA3 too since this allows you to use the A7iii's AF. The LA-EA4 has it's own AF system built in, roughly equivalent to the A99 standard. You may well need to use the adapter's AF microadjust to get some lenses to focus accurately.

The LA-EA5 is a better adapter, but not with the A7Riii on which is acts like an LA-EA3 and will not focus srewdrive lenses. If you got an A7iv it would focus both types of lenses with the bodiy's AF.

You say you have a lot of A-mount lenses - and APS-C bodies - bear in mind that APS-C lenses will have to be used in crop mode on the A7iii = lower pixel count than your A350.

Of course you could just get a used A68 or A77ii, excellent A-mount APS-C bodies.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote thomcher144 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 December 2023 at 23:13
My A580 is starting to give me troubles.
At times it will not take an image, trouble focusing, etc.
If I buy a Sony a7 III Mirrorless Camera , how do the A mount lenses work with the adaptor?
I have a ton of $$ invested in "A" mount lenes and would hate to have to replace them.
Not in a hurry to replace, my trusty A350 is performing as if it was new.
Thanks for responses in advance.
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