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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 November 2020 at 12:39
Originally posted by adhox adhox wrote:

The firmware updater for use on a Mac says it needs macOS ver 10.13 to 10.15.

My Mac is at ver 11.0.1, and I've not been able to get the v1.10 firmware on to my A6600.
Well, that is what you get for being an earlier adopter... Good to see it was resolved.
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I received my LA-EA5 this past Tuesday and have been testing, mostly on the a6600. I will spend some time with it attached to the a7Rii as well, but this isn't where the advantages will be as apparent.

Obviously, the advantage on the a6600 (once I did the firmware update, more on this later) is the ability to use all my screw drive lenses in full Real-Time AF. So far, I've tested the Sony 2.8/50mm macro, Minolta 2/100mm, CZ 1.8/135mm, Minolta 2.8/200mm and Minolta AF Reflex 500mm. I have many other lenses to test, but these are the FF lenses that I've used the most on APS-C cameras, so seemed the best choices for early testing.

So far, I am extremely happy with the 5's performance, especially with the 2/100mm and 1.8/135mm. Focus is fast and accurate, especially in Eye AF, which I mostly use for animals (my pup is getting bored with the "look here!" so that I can nail focus on her eyes). I bought the a6600 because I wanted the benefits of the bigger battery, in-body IS and Real-Time AF. Getting Real-Time AF with screw mount lenses is the frosting on the cake.

The Reflex 500mm is still limited to just the center spot focus point, as stated by Sony. I can't say that I have noticed any differences in performance, but I may take some time and see if there's any noticeable differences using either an A mount camera, or LA-EA4.

The one difference apparent with all these lenses is the sound of the 5's focus motor. First, it appears quieter than either A mound cameras or the LA-EA4. I say appears because it has a higher pitch and "may" be faster. Separate testing, not sure I care enough to spend the time...

A pleasant discovery is using SSM and SAM lenses. No noticeable performance differences, but the ease of using them in Real-Time AF is better than with the LA-EA3, plus animal AF (come here pup!).

The biggest disappointment is one I expected, I have the Sigma 18-300 DC.
I really enjoyed this lens with the a77, but adapting it to an E mount has been less so. It works fine with the LA-EA4 within the limits of that adapter's AF system. With the EA3, it just hunts and hunts and never settles on anything. Sadly, the EA5 gives exactly the same non-results. Ah well.

With the a7Rii, I imagine I will limit my usage to the CZ 2.8/24-70mm and the SAM 2.8/85mm. I will also try it with the Sony G 70-300mm, but since I recently bought the Sigma 100-400mm DC DN, I've been thinking it's time to sell the Sony. Mostly, I'm thinking the LA-EA4r Monster upgrade may still be in my future plans. $200-250 to get AF with my screw lenses on FF is a lot better deal than the cost of an a7R IV.

Just this morning I read Gary Friedman's newest blog, and he is reconsidering becoming a dealer for the Monster. He thinks the firmware upgrades have become more stable and he will do further testing after he gets his own LA-EA5.

Lastly, just a little ranting: I really hate firmware upgrades! Luckily my Macbook Pro runs on 10.13.6, but it was still a cluster! What with the registering, the downloading and the waiting for it to load it was an hour and 15 minutes I will never get back! Rant over.

I imagine I will post some more updates when I have something interesting to comment on. Until then a lot of shooting. Sit pup! Good girl!


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Post Options Post Options   Quote adhox Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 November 2020 at 13:38
Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

Originally posted by adhox adhox wrote:

The firmware updater for use on a Mac says it needs macOS ver 10.13 to 10.15.

My Mac is at ver 11.0.1, and I've not been able to get the v1.10 firmware on to my A6600.
Well, that is what you get for being an earlier adopter... Good to see it was resolved.

If it weren't for COVID-19, i wouldn't have updated to Big Sur so quickly, but because I'm using my Mac for work I'm supposed to run the latest version for the security upgrades - not saying that makes sense, but if it allows me to avoid returning to the office, i'll run the updates.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote groovyone Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 December 2020 at 07:44
I JUST ordered an A7R m3 tonight to try to replace my A99 using the LAEA4 adaptor that I had used on my A7 m1 now and then. Now I am wondering if Inshould have held out longer hoping for A7R m4 discounts to get the most out of my A-mount Zeiss and G lenses.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote groovyone Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 December 2020 at 07:54
Actually looking at the compatability chart someone shared it looks like the EA5 adaptor may be a solid purchase for my Zeiss and G zooms at least. I could still try the EA4 for my 85 and 135Zs.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 December 2020 at 08:19
I do not know what your Zeiss and G-lenses are, but if they have in lens motors, they would work just fine with the A7r3 and LA-EA5 (so does the LA-EA3). The 85 and 135z will indeed need the LA-EA4 (or the A7r4).
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Post Options Post Options   Quote groovyone Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 December 2020 at 08:33
The main ones I was concerned about were my 16-35Z, 24-70Z and 70-200G all of which were listed as compatable with AF. I endes upordering the EA5 just now but won't have it until the 31st. Fortunately that is just before we go skiing so I should get to do some testing.
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For anyone in Australia the la-ea5 is on sale for AUD$224.50 (which is half price) in the boxing day sales. I've even bought one and I'm still on a-mount cameras! https://store.sony.com.au/lenses-converter/LAEA5.html
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jozioau Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 December 2020 at 07:22
Originally posted by tomcat1983 tomcat1983 wrote:

For anyone in Australia the la-ea5 is on sale for AUD$224.50 (which is half price) in the boxing day sales. I've even bought one and I'm still on a-mount cameras! https://store.sony.com.au/lenses-converter/LAEA5.html


That's great news. Although I'm intending on sticking with my a-mount cameras for the foreseeable future, I'm tempted. Relatively cheap insurance against camera bodies breaking down.
Thanks for the heads-up.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote happyjack Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 December 2020 at 22:18
Originally posted by tomcat1983 tomcat1983 wrote:

For anyone in Australia the la-ea5 is on sale for AUD$224.50 (which is half price) in the boxing day sales. I've even bought one and I'm still on a-mount cameras! https://store.sony.com.au/lenses-converter/LAEA5.html


Thanks for that David - I was trying to cut back on spending after a $5k repair on my Prado,but this ius too good to pass up, even though I hve the EA3 & 4.
It means I should be able to use just the one adaptor for all my A mount glass.
It would be nice to think I could actually sell the 3 & 4 for something at least to refresh the bank a/c a little.

Update - just ordered - not in stock until Feb 15

Edited by happyjack - 26 December 2020 at 22:31
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Miranda F Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 January 2021 at 15:01
Any change on the compatibility front? Are A7RIV and A6600 still the only cameras which will AF with screw-drive lenses with the EA-EA5?
For other cameras, is there any other benefit (or loss) over the LA-EA3?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote groovyone Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 January 2021 at 19:52
Quick update now that I have my hands on all the pieces, I finally am testing out the LA-EA5 on the A7R III.

Brief summary, it seems to work really well, with faster AF than I was expecting. Works great with the 24-70Z and the 70-200G, both MkI versions. I plan to test it with my 16-35Z and 24/2 Z.

Sadly no love with my 85Z and 135Z as expected. Both are screw drive so no shock but I hope it will get support soon. MF is still great with them and the killer view finder.

I do have an LA-EA4 but the 5 seems WAY better for SSM lenses. I do not have an LA3 for comparison.
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