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    Posted: 19 April 2019 at 20:28
Which non native E-mount lenses will be on your E-mount camera this summer, and why?

I have just the one E-mount camera, the Nex-6, and one native E-mount lens, but I have plenty of A-mount and MF lenses and I'm trying to decide which ones are most worth taking out with me.

I bought the Nex essentially as a smaller and more easily packed-away version of the A58 for day trips, but since I've started using it I've grown quite attached to it. I find the little power zoom SELP-1650 is pretty near perfect for these purposes, being also small, light, and not making the camera too large.

If I'm looking for focal length I'll probably take the A58, so I've so far mostly avoided long teles or long zooms on the Nex, but I have a tiny 300mm T-mount mirror lens which sits on the Nex without too much bulk and works quite well.

I've tried a few macro lenses including the Cosina 100mm plastic fantastic but MF on that via LA-EA1 is awful, and the SEL-1650 is so good in flower closeups that a macro proper seems hardly worthwhile . That said, I have used the DT30mm macro occasionally.

My main non-native lens is probably the Miranda 50mm f2 with a dumb adapter, which is tiny, well-behaved, and usefully 3 stops faster than the SELP-1650. I have a few other 50mm primes including the old Zeiss Tessar but the Miranda suits the camera well. I never bother with the A-mount 50s because the lack of AF makes them a bit pointless. If I had an LA-EA2 or 4 it might be different, I guess.

When I'm tired of zooms I tend to pick a 28mm-30mm prime and I have a lot to choose from, including the DT 35mm f1.8, the Cosina 28mm f2.8 in PK mount, and the Tamron adaptall.

Then there's the 85mm f2.8 which is also quite dinky and an excellent medium tele.

So, for me the choice will usually between the Miranda 50mm, one of the 28mms, and either the 85mm f2.8 or 300mm mirror.
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I'm going on vacation mid-May and plan to take two cameras: a99 and a6300. Two A mount lenses that will spend likely more time on the a6300 are the SAM 30/2.8 macro and 85/2.8, using the LA-EA3. I really like the performance of the 30mm, handles very well, fast (enough) focus speed. The 85mm on the 6300 is close to what I'd get with a 135mm on FF, but size and weight are positives. Even with their plasticky shells, I am far more pleased with this pair of SAM's than I ever expected to be.

I will also be taking two native E mount: Samyang 12/2 and Sigma 16/1.4, LOVE the Sigma 16/1.4!

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Minolta 200 f2.8. This still sneaks onto my E-Mount cams.
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I'm down to only ONE non E-mount lens and it's my beloved Canon 17mm F4 L TS-E (tilt/shift). I don't use it that much, but I will never let it go (unless Sony brings out tilt/shift lenses, which I don't see it happening any time soon).
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Originally posted by Miranda F Miranda F wrote:

Which non native E-mount lenses will be on your E-mount camera this summer, and why?

I bought the Nex essentially as a smaller and more easily packed-away version of the A58 for day trips, but since I've started using it I've grown quite attached to it. I find the little power zoom SELP-1650 is pretty near perfect for these purposes, being also small, light, and not making the camera too large.

The 20mm pancake is very nice for this.


If I'm looking for focal length I'll probably take the A58, so I've so far mostly avoided long teles or long zooms on the Nex,...

That's my choice too, except I just splurged on a A77II.

My main non-native lens is probably the Miranda 50mm f2 with a dumb adapter, which is tiny, well-behaved, and usefully 3 stops faster than the SELP-1650. I have a few other 50mm primes including the old Zeiss Tessar but the Miranda suits the camera well. I never bother with the A-mount 50s because the lack of AF makes them a bit pointless. If I had an LA-EA2 or 4 it might be different, I guess.

The E 50 F1.8 OSS may be the best APS-C lens in the system.

I bought a Konica 50mm F1.8 after liking their 40mm F1.8, and the AR adapter is small and light.

I returned a Yongnuo 50mm F1.4 which had excellent image quality, but the aperture didn't work.

I took apart my EF 50mm F1.4 USM today to see if I could smooth out the AF. I don't think I did much.

When I'm tired of zooms I tend to pick a 28mm-30mm prime and I have a lot to choose from, including the DT 35mm f1.8, the Cosina 28mm f2.8 in PK mount, and the Tamron adaptall.

I am pretty impressed with the FE 28mm F2.

I popped the front trim/shroud off my DT 35mm F1.8 SAM to see if that would unblock the full-frame corners. It doesn't, though it may help a bit.

Edited by QuietOC - 20 April 2019 at 10:30
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 April 2019 at 07:43
Originally posted by QuietOC QuietOC wrote:

The E 50 F1.8 OSS may be the best APS-C lens in the system.
I do not think it is "best" but it is extremely likeable.

Originally posted by QuietOC QuietOC wrote:

I took apart my EF 50mm F1.4 USM today to see if I could smooth out the AF. I don't think I did much.
The EF 50/1.4 is known for its lousy micro USM motor (compared to the ring USM of other lenses) and I am not surprised you could not improve it. My EF 50/1.4 motor broke, was repaired and broke again. This lens should have a motor update, either ring USM or STM - but maybe that is not that easy. Anyway, I now have a EF 50/1.8 II and a Sigma 35/1.4.

Originally posted by QuietOC QuietOC wrote:

When I'm tired of zooms I tend to pick a 28mm-30mm prime and I have a lot to choose from, including the DT 35mm f1.8, the Cosina 28mm f2.8 in PK mount, and the Tamron adaptall.

I am pretty impressed with the FE 28mm F2.
I like my E 35/1.8 OSS more then the 28/2. IQ is similar in my experience and the 35mm has OSS that is really good on the NEX 6 - DXo Mark reports the 35/1.8 is sharper, has less distortion and less CA, the 28/2 has less vignetting. I think the E 35/1.8 OSS is an underrated lens IMHO.
But if you want a small and relatively cheap native lens around this focal length, just pick up a Sigma 30/2.8.

Regarding what I'll use this summer, the only non E-mount I have with me is the Minolta 100-300/4.5-5.6 APO (D) because there are no decent affordable telezooms for (F)E mount. When I am home I probably will use some Canon EF-mount lenses again. I love the Minolta MD 50/1.4 and the Contax 85/2.8 and 35/2.8 but they're manual focus and I am unsure if I will use them a lot.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 April 2019 at 08:06
Good question, my most used "non E-mount" lenses on E-mount are probably my set of OM Zuiko's, where the 24/2.8 and 135/1.8 take the top spots, especially since I don't have E-mount alternatives of that length. The Zuiko 85/2 is a lovely lens also, but it needs to compete with the Sony FE 85/1.8.

Another well used lens (non E-mount) is the Voigtländer 35/1.2 II, which I have in Leica M-mount.
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I do not know when I'll ve on vacation yet but my a6000 will surely be there with zony 24 and sigma 60/2.8. No adapted lens but a set of extension tubes, a cpl and a body cap with a pinhole. That's it. I would carry an OM 135/3.5 or 100/2.8 for super sharpness / weight ratio
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QuietOC, you seem to have used (and reviewed! ) an awful lot of small primes usable on E-mount cameras. Which of these have you decided to keep and use?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote QuietOC Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 May 2019 at 13:38
Originally posted by Miranda F Miranda F wrote:

QuietOC, you seem to have used (and reviewed! ) an awful lot of small primes usable on E-mount cameras. Which of these have you decided to keep and use?

I have way too many lenses. I haven't put enough effort into culling. I do prefer to use smaller lenses. So larger lenses are at the top of my list to cull. I also should sell the A68 and A6000.

I've been using the FE 50 F1.8 and FE 28 F2 mostly recently. Yesterday I used the FE 28-70 OSS kit lens. The kit zoom is quite nice, but I did want more range. I considered bringing the Minolta 28-135 instead, but that lens is so massive.

Edited by QuietOC - 08 May 2019 at 13:54
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Just came home from 2 weeks touring the campervan around France. Most used (non e-mount) lens; Voigtlander 1.7/35 Utron in m-mount.
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