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06/28/2018 10:51:10 PM · #1
So I have taken the plunge and gone full frame and purchased a Sony A7 over the 6D. Now Im totally confused as to which way to go regarding lenses. As I am a canon owner all my lenses are canon and sigma. Question: how do those who have a Sony find using adaptors? Not sure whether to spend my money on adaptors, metabones for my Canon and a Sigma for my Sigma lenses, so I can use all my current lenses or put my money into a lens with an E mount. Are adaptors really reliable? Ultimately I would love to buy a couple of Sony lenses but they are very $$$ but still an option if I can pick up a good second hand one if they are the best way to go.
I dont want to sell off any of my lenses yet until Im certain I want to stick with Sony.

Your opinions and experiences would be greatly appreciated.
06/28/2018 11:21:30 PM · #2
I'm a Fuji and Nikon user but I've been eyeing the Sony line for years.

It depends on what you shoot, but I'll tell you what I would do, for landscape, people and architecture.

I love a superzoom. It's a staple for any camera of mine. Unfortunately, the Fuji only has a 18-135, which is 27 to 200mm. Not bad, but not as good as my Nikon 28-300 FF lens. Both of those lenses though are excellent in quality of what they produce, at least for a 24MPixel body.

For the Sony, you have the option of a much loved and well reviewed 24-105 constant f/4, at $1299. Similar to the Canon zoom range you already list.

But I would go for the 24-240 f/3.5-6.3 superzoom at $999. The downside of my Nikon is it's not wide enough...I'd gladly pick 24-240 as a better range.

Add to that a wide angle lens. The 12-24mm f/4 is probably your best bet, but it's $1699. If you're willing to sacrifice some resolution, down to 16MPixels, you can buy the 10-18 "E" lens (APS-C). I know a number of photographers online who use it as a much lighter, compact wide angle on FF bodies. You can set the camera to crop at 16MP, but you can also use it as a FF lens, and get somewhere in-between 16-24MP. And it's $799. And if you ever decide to add a 6000 series camera as a second body, you'll already have one of the best lenses for it.

ETA: Link to article with examples of 10-18mm on A7R: https://briansmith.com/sony-a7r-10-18-e-mount-lens/

My 2 cents anyway.

Message edited by author 2018-06-28 23:25:21.
06/29/2018 12:12:56 AM · #3
Hi!

I was very very tempted to buy the A7 MK3 and did some research. As you can see on my profile I am a 6D user and I have some lenses.

I went to Sony shop where they also sell the Metabones adapter. Sales also advised to keep some Canon lenses :)

I have a friend that shifted from 6D to A7 MK3 and he shots pro. He uses Sigma lenses (Canon mount) and Canon and also used a 6D. Currently he uses Sigma adapter which is a cheaper solution then Metabones and he claims is perfectly fine, even better than Metabones.

In the end I just did not have the budget (neither the need for a new camera...) but I would definitely have kept the Canon lenses and get the Metabones. The Metabones also have USB connection and can be upgraded. The Sigma is cheaper but in a long run Metabones might be a better solution.

Message edited by author 2018-06-29 07:24:40.
06/29/2018 07:19:48 AM · #4
Originally posted by thrumyiis:

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Your opinions and experiences would be greatly appreciated.

You may also want to check some of the forum threads over at Dyxum.com, it's a site dedicated to Sony (and prior Minolta) gear.

As for adapters, I've used the Sony LA-EA4 (still own one) and find it somewhat clunky and a bit slower to AF than what you get with a native E mount lens. Metabones and others may be fine (have read mixed reviews on the Sigma converter). In the end I use my A7M2 almost exclusively with old M42 glass in manual focus and use the A77M2 for anything requiring good AF with A mount lens I already own. Someday I may invest / convert to Sony FE glass, but it is an expensive transition.

One consideration you may have with an A7 is that it does not have in-body IS, so you may want to consider glass that has that built in.

Good luck!
06/29/2018 08:26:43 PM · #5
Thanks guys for your input. ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/user_id/12253.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/user_id/12253.gif', '/') + 1) . ' neil The 24-105 is the lens I'm considering as a good all rounder, and as I already have the canon 24-105 hence my dilemma. ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Tiberius A7MK3 would be a dream to own. I have to say I am suitably impressed with the few shots I have taken with my A7 so far using the 28-70 kit lens and I love that its not so bulky and heavy to carry around. At this point I think I will invest in a metabones adaptor and see how it goes. ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' glad2badad Most of my existing lenses have IS so maybe another good reason to stick with adaptor (does lens IS even work through adaptors?) aargh! Changing over is seriously like trying to learn a whole new language. I'm heading over now to Dyxum to do some study. Thanks for the link :)
07/01/2018 08:07:20 PM · #6
Originally posted by thrumyiis:

Thanks guys for your input. ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/user_id/12253.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/user_id/12253.gif', '/') + 1) . ' neil The 24-105 is the lens I'm considering as a good all rounder, and as I already have the canon 24-105 hence my dilemma. ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Tiberius A7MK3 would be a dream to own. I have to say I am suitably impressed with the few shots I have taken with my A7 so far using the 28-70 kit lens and I love that its not so bulky and heavy to carry around. At this point I think I will invest in a metabones adaptor and see how it goes. ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' glad2badad Most of my existing lenses have IS so maybe another good reason to stick with adaptor (does lens IS even work through adaptors?) aargh! Changing over is seriously like trying to learn a whole new language. I'm heading over now to Dyxum to do some study. Thanks for the link :)


As wonderful as it is to be able to adapt lenses, for a lens you will use often, I believe it's best to have a mount-native lens. Not only will it end up being lighter on the camera, and smaller in form factor, it will undoubtedly focus faster. Though of course, it's possible the adapted lens will be sharper!

I'm not dissing adapted lenses...for an occasional use lens, or a specialized lens, it's great to be able to use something already in your arsenal or just to have more options.

And of course, cost is always an issue, and I certainly understand using your existing lens for a while...but I suspect eventually, you will want to sell it and go native to the mount.
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