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Post Options Post Options   Quote Hezu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 January 2019 at 11:50
Originally posted by Paul07 Paul07 wrote:

If you don't need cash, your prefered option could be to keep the 135/1.8 and use it with an adapter on the E-bodies.
Unfortunately, you just kept it too long and what you still get for it now does not reflect the quality of this piece of glass.

At the same time, I must say I am not so fond of working with adapters. I prefer native E-mount lenses a lot more. Adapters take away most of the size benefit of E-mount. So personally, I would probably sell it or trade it in when buying some your next piece of E-mount glass .
The main problem with A to E mount adapters is that there is not perfect one: LA-EA3 works quite nicely with lenses with builtin focus motors (although with longer focal lenghts the focusing can be erratic), LA-EA4 then provides the trusty SLT autofocus with any A mount lens, but the caveat is that it has pitiful number of centrally located focus points.

I'm also in the boat of considering what path to take regarding A and E mounts, with a bonus dilemma that I also own Sony RX10 IV, which can replace ILCs in surprisingly many situations. My major obstacle from giving up A mount are also these few nice screw-drive AF lenses: Minolta AF 100 mm F2 and CZ 1,8/135. And maybe also long telezooms, Sony 70-400G and Tamron 150-600, although since I got RX10 IV that has been my main tool for telephoto shots. Also, the UI and especially the versatile back screen positioning of my A mount SLT cameras is something I wish I had with α7R models, although the third generation of FE camera models is getting closer in the handling feel department as there finally is the joystick to allow easy focus point selection.
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote Snegren Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 January 2019 at 16:34
All Sony needs to do is make an LA-EA5 (motor, AF by camera). How hard can it be. Won't happen though...
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Post Options Post Options   Quote QuietOC Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 January 2019 at 14:27
I find it interesting that the LA-EA4 has an electronic clutch and allows DMF with any screw-drive lens. My Maxxum 70 also had a clutch but DMF was only enabled with D lenses. None of my SLTs had this ability (A65, A57, A58, A68).

Phase-detect focusing on my A7II stops working past an effective F8 using the LA-EA3. The LA-EA4 keeps focusing at an effective F11+ just like other SLTs.

On sensor phase-detect with screw-drive lenses might be good, but might not be that useful to me. I don't find the 79-point dedicated AF sensor that much better than the 15 point AF sensor.

My main desire is AF-C tracking at Continuous Shooting: Hi.

Edited by QuietOC - 31 January 2019 at 17:58
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Post Options Post Options   Quote momech Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 January 2019 at 16:29
Both Canon and Nikon are providing adapters for their new mirrorless mounts that seem to provide very good AF and tracking (at least that's what I've been reading). Hopefully that will "motivate' Sony to upgrade their adapters. Not holding my breath, tho.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote minolta_mutley Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 January 2019 at 16:36
Maybe we should continue posting our wishes for an LA-EA5 - with AF-motor, and a better built-in AF sensor, or better usage of the built-in AF.

By pointing to the competition we may send them a clear message - there's no harm in doing so.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 January 2019 at 18:14
Originally posted by momech momech wrote:

Both Canon and Nikon are providing adapters for their new mirrorless mounts that seem to provide very good AF and tracking (at least that's what I've been reading). Hopefully that will "motivate' Sony to upgrade their adapters. Not holding my breath, tho.
Well, Nikon only has a LA-EA3 like adapter, no LA-EA4 like adapter, and for sure no LA-EA5...

Canon has the best backward compatibility this side of Pentax. And they have three adapters!
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