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Hello huangqi416, welcome to dyxum

Thank you for the information and I am really glad something like this coming.
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Found this interesting DIY project over at dpreview: https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/4484810

I really hope that something useable comes out of it. For some (including myself), this may be a welcome way to transition over to E-mount.

Edit: apparently there is already a thread about it in the adapters forum.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote sybersitizen Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 May 2020 at 22:56
Originally posted by mike77 mike77 wrote:

Found this interesting DIY project over at dpreview: https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/4484810

I really hope that something useable comes out of it. For some (including myself), this may be a welcome way to transition over to E-mount.

Edit: apparently there is already a thread about it in the adapters forum.

It's apparently the same thing being discussed in three places: the 'Monster' adapter.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote huangqi416 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 May 2020 at 00:24
Originally posted by nandbytes nandbytes wrote:

Hello huangqi416, welcome to dyxum

Thank you for the information and I am really glad something like this coming.


You’re welcome..
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Here’s the official Weibo account of the team:

https://weibo.com/u/7436512006

‘Weibo’ is a Chinese version of Twitter—and of course, most of the users are Chinese native-speakers. You may use Google translation or alternative tools to view the contents in English.

They’re distributing the kit to their friends who have supported them since the project starts—that’s might be another story all way back to couple years ago—to test out how the modded adapter performs in real-life situations.

There’re some testing videos they’ve forwarded to their Weibo, which gives us a better understanding about its performance.
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A Chinese contact tells me that the list is of tested lens - apparently the new electronics needs parameters set for each lens, so the developer needs samples to test and set these. The recent publicity means he is being lent more lenses including some of the scarser ones (eg 85/1.4 G D L and 200/4 macro). I am also told that zooms are are likely to be added over time, but that one of the testers has used his 28-75/2.8 G without problems.

It's early days. but I hope it all works out.
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 May 2020 at 08:00
There is no 28-75/2.8 G. There is the Minolta 28-70/2.8G and the Sony 28-75/2.8 SSM - as this is about screw drive, I suppose it is about the Minolta 28-70/2.8G. If it drives that lens well, that is impressive: it does not have much micro contrast and it is a slow lens to focus, partly due to the fact it is quite a heavy lens.

What about the normal 85/1.4's? I think more people have those then the limited version. We have seen a video of a 50mm in easy circumstances, are there real life experiences with this adapter?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Hezu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 May 2020 at 08:21
Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

There is no 28-75/2.8 G. There is the Minolta 28-70/2.8G and the Sony 28-75/2.8 SSM - as this is about screw drive, I suppose it is about the Minolta 28-70/2.8G.
There is also KonicaMinolta 28-75/2.8, but it isn't G model either (and it is supposed to be a rebadge of Tamron with the same specs).
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Phil Wood Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 May 2020 at 13:25
Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

There is no 28-75/2.8 G.


My mistake - 28-70/2.8 G.

I hear that the 85/1.4 has been added in the lastest firmware.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote mirthseeker Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 July 2020 at 07:06
BIG NEWS!

Gary Friedman has just posted on his blog that he has received a board from China so that he can modify his LA-EA4 to a Monster Adapter, and will report on results next month.

In personal communication he indicates that he is investigating whether to make a bulk purchase, develop instructions in English, supply the board and/or possibly modify LA-EA4's for anyone interested. Costs unknown, probably a couple of hundreds of dollars for the board, plus costs of LA-EA4 surgery.

He is asking if there is any interest.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Matt Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 July 2020 at 08:09
Sony should buy the whole lot, iron out the problems and market it themselves (as they should have done in the first place).
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Post Options Post Options   Quote mirthseeker Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 July 2020 at 08:39
Of course. But the fact that Gary is now to modify, test, and possibly act as a distributor of the LA-EA4 Monster Adapter modification for the Chinese developer is great news.

Personally, I will be trusting any review by Gary, in view of his past performance. And should he proceed to offer the service of distributing boards and modifying adapters, that will be an additional benefit.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote nandbytes Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 July 2020 at 08:49
I am still annoyed that Sony deserted us in this respect. I am sure they could achieve this with a less bulky cheaper adapter (EA1/3-like) and with better support.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote 2manycamera Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 July 2020 at 15:28
I'm onboard with Gary's effort to test the modification to the LA-EA4. If interested, please contact him at:
friedmanarchives.com. Part of his decisions on marketing this item will be based on the amount of interest from the A-mount lens user base.

While I agree with nandbytes that this "should" come directly from Sony, I'm also know how unlikely this is to happen. So I'm all in with a trusted advocate of the A-mount legacy who is also an innovative engineer. If anyone is capable of bring this modification to a general market, Gary is that guy.
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