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    Posted: 09 October 2020 at 02:32
The LA-VE1 Monster Adapter for attaching Vectis Lenses to E Mount Cameras has just been re-announced on the LA-EA4r Group Facebook Page.   It allows MF, aperture control and automatically focal length recognized 5-axis anti shake on Sony E-mount bodies for all 9 lenses of the short lived Vectis system. No details on cost yet.
 



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I do not know much about the Vectis system. Were the lenses any good?
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Originally posted by mambo mambo wrote:

I do not know much about the Vectis system. Were the lenses any good?
there were some fine lenses in the lineup like the 50mm macro and the 400mm mirror. They also had very odd focal lengths, 25-150mm or 80-240mm but not sure about IQ. All tiny lenses but slow that would be great on Emount bodies.
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Read all about V-lenses in this thread.
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Originally posted by mambo mambo wrote:

I do not know much about the Vectis system. Were the lenses any good?


Yes the lenses are good .
Be aware that three of the lenses don't support manual focus so can't be used with this adapter .
I did a review of the original adapter when I bought one several years ago .
Do a search and you'll find it .
I've also put up sample shots of the lenses .
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Originally posted by rastapartaman rastapartaman wrote:

They also had very odd focal lengths, 25-150mm or 80-240mm but not sure about IQ. All
The choice of focal lengths for APS systems' lenses came from the film size. The APS came with a choice of three image formats:
- H for "High Definition" (30.2 ◊ 16.7 mm; aspect ratio 16:9; 4◊7" print) (1.25 crop compared to 36x24mm full frame)
- C for "Classic" (25.1 ◊ 16.7 mm; aspect ratio 3:2; 4◊6" print) (1.44 crop compared to 36x24mm full frame)
- P for "Panoramic" (30.2 ◊ 9.5 mm; aspect ratio 3:1; 4◊11" print) (1.36 crop compared to 36x24mm full frame)
And the native format for the APS film was APS-H and the other choices were made by cropping from that native size. And remember that the digital camera sensor size APS-C got its moniker from one of these APS image formats, although strictly speaking digital APS-C and film APS-C are not exactly the same size. And even more confusing detail is that once upon time Canon produced the first EOS 1D generations with sensors that had 1.3◊ crop factor and called this APS-H size, although that was certainly not the same as APS-H film format, especially as the digital sensors were all with 3:2 aspect ratios.
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Ah, you copied from wikipedia. I was baffled why somebody from Europe would use a 4x6" print size in stead of 10x15cm. Come think of it, it is weird to include these print sizes as you could also get 6x9 and 13x18 prints....

Anyway, I have a silver Canon 24-85/3.5-4.5 that was the kitlens for the Canon EOS IX APS SLR. I do not have the camera, but it seems a nice one. But it would be a dead weight as there is no APS film being produced these days AFAIK.
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On the Monster Adapter Facebook page, it has just been announced that the LA-VE1 will be available on Ebay from Oct. 27th, $199 USD with free world-wide shipping.

    Our LA-VE1 will enable the use of all 8 lenses of Minolta Vectis system on Sony E cameras with the following features: 1. full electromagnetic aperture control via the body; 2. manual focus of the focus-by-wire design lenses; 3. automatic focal-length detection 5-axis anti-shake with capable bodies; The only limitation is it doesn't enable AF. The supported lens list (all 8 lenses):
     17mm F3.5
     50mm F3.5 Marco 1:2
     400mm F8 Reflex
     22-80mm F4-5.6
     25-150mm F4.5-6.3
     28-56mm F4-5.6
     56-170mm F4.5-5.6
     80-240mm F4.5-5.6 APO
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It's a shame they haven't got auto focus working .
Regarding the list of supported lens , it seems wrong to me though as the 25-150mm F4.5-6.3 and 28-56mm F4-5.6 cannot be manually focussed .

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Originally posted by neilt3 neilt3 wrote:

It's a shame they haven't got auto focus working .
Regarding the list of supported lens , it seems wrong to me though as the 25-150mm F4.5-6.3 and 28-56mm F4-5.6 cannot be manually focussed .

Thanks for the clarification, I have noted this on their Facebook page.
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Originally posted by mirthseeker mirthseeker wrote:

Originally posted by neilt3 neilt3 wrote:

It's a shame they haven't got auto focus working .
Regarding the list of supported lens , it seems wrong to me though as the 25-150mm F4.5-6.3 and 28-56mm F4-5.6 cannot be manually focussed .

Thanks for the clarification, I have noted this on their Facebook page.


I have the original monster adapter and it would have been nice if the 25-150mm worked on it .
Unfortunately it's internal focus with no manual focus so you can't even twist the end of the lens to focus like the telephoto lenses .
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