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Metabones and Conurus create Canon EF to Sony E-mount 'smart adapter'

By dpreview staff on Jan 17, 2012 at 17:59 GMT

Canadian lens interface experts Conurus and Sino-Japanese adapter maker Metabones have created an electronic 'Smart adapter' for using Canon EF lenses on the Sony NEX's E-mount. The adapter is manual focus-only but allows control of aperture and the use of the image stabilization on Canon IS lenses. Full lens information, including focal length, aperture and lens IS is reported back to the camera for EXIF, allowing the use of all P,A,S and M modes. The adapter also features a 'Wide Open' button that opens the aperture up for fine focusing, with the lens otherwise stopped-down to the chosen aperture, giving accurate depth-of-field in live view. It will cost $399.

Press Release:

Vancouver, Canada, January 18, 2012 - Metabones forms a strategic partnership with Conurus of Vancouver, Canada to jointly develop, manufacture and market a new Smart Adapter(TM) series of products featuring electronic interfacing with the lens.

The partnership is shipping its first fruition of collaboration today, a Smart Adapter that integrates a Canon EF mount lens to a Sony NEX camera body. Electronic aperture is directly controlled by the camera body and all exposure modes are available. Image stabilization (if the Canon EF lens supports it) and EXIF are supported, but there is no autofocus. This new smart adapter is marketed under the Metabones brand name and may be ordered directly from conurus.com or from a Metabones distributor in Japan, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong or China for US$399.

Metabones is known for mechanical design that is already significantly ahead of the competition, as can be seen with the Contax G lens adapters for Micro 4/3 and Sony NEX with ultra-wide focusing rings and smooth manual focus action, and the ALPA lens to Leica M adapter with rangefinder coupling. Now, incorporating leading-edge electronic technology from Canada brings forth a new breed of adapters that not only truly integrates the lens with the camera body but offers the best workmanship, accuracy and reliability as well.

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petrocan
By petrocan (Jan 17, 2012)

So this is for EF lens only? can't use EF-S lens then?

maybe EF-S are 1.6 instead of the 1.5 right? did someone test that?

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Sevventh
By Sevventh (Jan 17, 2012)

EF-S lenses are supported according to the Conurus website

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Brian Slater
By Brian Slater (Jan 17, 2012)

Yes, and there is a white alignment dot for EF-S lenses visible on the mount in addition to the red one for EF. The 60mm macro EF-S should be a great lens on a NEX.

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charies
By charies (Jun 8, 2012)

I bought an adapter for my sony FS100 and have some problems.
One of my lens, a Sigma 70-200 f2.8 not work with this adapter.
When I turn on the camera the lens open and close the iris all the time. I wrote to metabones and asked about my problem.
I turn back the adapter and they shipping another one, but it has the same problem again.
Before I purchase the adapter, I asked to them if my lenses, a cano n 24-70 f2.8 and my Sigma 70-200 f2.8 work with this adapter, and they told me that it will be compatible. But it was not.
Today I will wrote again, but not one answer to me.
The worst of this, I had to pay the taxes two times.
Becarefull with this adapters, I lose 400 U$ plus the taxes and shipping.
Sorry my little english.

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ProfHankD
By ProfHankD (Jan 17, 2012)

I wonder if autofocus is a possible firmware upgrade away?
I suspect it is lower priority because contrast detect non-native autofocus is not likely to be very fast, but I bet people want it anyway....

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zstan
By zstan (Jan 18, 2012)

It's possible if someone creates another adapter which has a translucent mirror... but then again would Sony allow that is another question.

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DioCanon
By DioCanon (Jan 17, 2012)

finally!
a NEX can now be dwarfed by a 70-200 f2.8L USM II

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IcyVeins
By IcyVeins (Jan 17, 2012)

I just have to LOL at everyone saying to buy a T3. The NEX-7 is so ridiculously superior to the T3 in pretty much every way imaginable. Photography is a rich man's sport, and for those with the money, this adapter is great because it lets you use PASM, and because Canon makes some really awesome lenses that even the Sony Alpha lineup doesn't have. For example the 14mm f/2.8 and 24mm f/1.4

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ybizzle
By ybizzle (Jan 17, 2012)

With T3 you get auto focus...
With Nex-7 you get lots of crammed in useless consumer features and a noisy sensor at high ISO.

Photography isn't about the most feature rich, or expensive camera you can buy. Sorry to burst your bubble. ;)

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NorthwestF
By NorthwestF (Jan 17, 2012)

Dxomark says it all where T3i land in RAW performance to 5N and Nex-7 ... much lower. Nex IQ is better. Video is better (60p). Enough said.

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Marcelobtp
By Marcelobtp (Jan 17, 2012)

First no doubt NEX7 is much better than t3i, but i really don't think a wise choice, t3i is for other market than nex7...
if you are rich get a D4 or the 1Dx...
I just see two fanboys here blinded by the brands.

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AkinaC
By AkinaC (Jan 17, 2012)

Why compare a Nex-7 to a T3i, they're in a different class and price range, if compare Nex 7 to a similar class EOS, then that should be 60D. And be honest, without AF can be not handy if you want to shoot something quickly.

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jtmon
By jtmon (Jan 17, 2012)

Wow, comparing an 1100 dollar camera vs. a 550-600 dollar camera. Thanks, I'll save the money and use it on lenses. You have to spend 300 bux more just to USE a Canon lens, then you have to rent or buy it. For that price I'd just get a 5d Mk II instead. What a ridiculous comparison.

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ecm
By ecm (Jan 17, 2012)

I cant help it..... Really? You two are going to compare dxo size??

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cangi
By cangi (Jan 17, 2012)

when auto focus first appeared in minolta cameras it was considered to be a "useless consumer feature". the nex-7 and for that matter the nex-5n have gotten very good reviews, including here at dpreview and the 5n has better high iso than my canon t2i or probably the t3. you pick the t3 which is canon's cheapest entry level dslr, and if photography didn't include "feature rich or expensive cameras" why on earth would they produce the 60d, the 7d, the 5dm2 or the 1dx? i don't see your point, unless you are a canon rep. and make commission off sales of the t3.

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ybizzle
By ybizzle (Jan 17, 2012)

You're missing the point! We aren't comparing a NEX7 to a Canon T3. We are saying that for not much more than the price of this adapter, you can get a cheap Canon body and use your lenses with auto focus. Furthermore, do you really want a giant Canon lens on a compact camera like the NEX line? Defeats the purpose right?

To each their own...

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cangi
By cangi (Jan 17, 2012)

i am NOT missing the point! the nex system uses an aps-c sensor and the lenses have to have an image circle large enough to cover the sensor and therefor even if canon developed their own mirrorless camera system the lenses couldn't be that much smaller than the ones i now own. my proof of that is to look at sony's own e-mount lenses which are quite large compared to the nex bodies. to get smaller lenses you would have to go to m4/3, nikon cx or pentax Q all of which use smaller sensors. there are advantages to mirrorless cameras besides being small, like no mirror vibration and almost instant shutter response. since i own these canon lenses wouldn't it stand to reason that i ALREADY own a canon body? this adapter is a reasonable way to buy into the nex system as there are NO current native e-mount lenses that compare to the 10-500mm lens range that i own. i would assume that other posters who seem happy about this news feel the same way.

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IcyVeins
By IcyVeins (Jan 18, 2012)

ybizzle you are the one missing the point. Photography is a rich man's sport. Many products are not aimed at the budget conscious and this is one of them. Fact is, this adapter offers technology and usability that didn't exist before. Anyone who can afford a NEX-7 and Canon glass can easily afford this adapter.

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NorthwestF
By NorthwestF (Jan 18, 2012)

You don't have AF anyway on Canon if you are using the DSLR for video. FS100 and VG20 now would be better for people who were using Canon DSLRs for video. Even 5N can do 1080 60P, not currently supported on any Canon DSLR.

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nigelc59
By nigelc59 (May 21, 2012)

Exactly. You have 5D2 with selection of Carl Zeiss ZE and Canon L glass; you want an alternative body with better DR and lower shadow noise at low ISO; getting an Nex7 and conorus metabones adaptor is somewhat cheaper than changing systems! What is so difficult to understand. No AF!!! but I'm already using manual focus lenses. The adaptor may be overpriced overpriced but look at cheap ebay equivalents - "you just set the aperture on the lens" - now, where is that aperture ring on my canon lens - LOL!

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cangi
By cangi (Jan 17, 2012)

i currently own a canon t2i and have 7 lenses made by canon and tamron that cover from 10mm to 500mm plus a set of extension tubes. i like all of this glass as i get results i am happy with. i have been considering purchasing either a sony nex5n or a nex7 as i am now 65yrs. old and i would like to make my bag lighter and i like the hdr and sweep panorama features of the sony's. the problem is that there is no sony e-mount glass to replace what i have now. the 18-200mm doesn't match the quality. this adapter would allow me to use my current lenses until sony, sigma or tamron release smaller lenses of f2.8 or f4 speed to match. i shoot landscapes on tripod and my long lenses all have tripod mounts so i am not concerned with weight on the mount and i can live without auto focus for now as i started my photography without it. $400 for the adapter is way cheaper than replacing all my glass as i can just purchase it and a body. as for buying a t3, why would i want to do that?

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photoshutter
By photoshutter (Jan 17, 2012)

Maybe just buy Canon body for the same price? :)))

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Chris Cuennet
By Chris Cuennet (Jan 17, 2012)

Ridiculous!... What interest to put lenses Canon on a NEX?... Nex is made to have a " compact ", small and light equipement, the one who wants the excellent objectives Canon will prefer to put them directly on a case Canon with a sensor who is called a sensor... Really ridiculous!

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Robertach
By Robertach (Jan 17, 2012)

Sorry, the NEX-5N has a "real" sensor the size of the APS-C used by Canon. I think you should do some research! This NEX-5N equals or surpasses images from my Canon 60D and would welcome being able to use my Canon lenses on this Sony.

The Sony has an Exmor™ APS HD CMOS sensor (23.5 X 15.6mm)

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BMWX5
By BMWX5 (Jan 17, 2012)

I guess you haven't use EVF yet! EVF is the future!

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Dan Tong
By Dan Tong (Jan 17, 2012)

Can you not accept the fact that your particular interests or point of view does not apply to everyone else?
Some of us may want the choice of using our very fine and expensive Canon lenses on the Sony NEX-5, NEX-5n, or NEX-7, under circumstances where portability and size is not an issue. Small and portable with E lenses and not very portable with large Canon lenses for different shooting conditions and venues.

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William Koehler
By William Koehler (Jan 18, 2012)

Tell me how small and compact a NEX-VG20 or NEX-FS100 is please. The latter, by the way, is a pro videocam that retails for ~$5K, so cheap it is not. In fact, buyers of that body are the most likely customers of this product.

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ottovds
By ottovds (Jan 19, 2012)

Now add an ND filter array in this adapter, and FS100 gets a real plausible option.

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Calvin Chann
By Calvin Chann (Jan 17, 2012)

You can buy here http://conurus.com

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AngryCorgi
By AngryCorgi (Jan 17, 2012)

$400 and NO AF?? Yeah, uh, no...

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donthasslethehoff
By donthasslethehoff (Jan 17, 2012)

Exactlly! I love the new Sony cameras, as they're a big leap above what CaNikon is offering, but $400 for a lens coverter with no AF?

Go pound sand. I bought a Konica lens converter for m4/3 for $25.

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William Koehler
By William Koehler (Jan 18, 2012)

Take a look at these...fullon professional lenses, no AF, just under $4K a pop. High end products for high end users. And Zeiss does good business with them.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?Ntt=zeiss+cp.2&N=0&InitialSearch=yes

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Jens_G
By Jens_G (Jan 18, 2012)

There are people out there who easily have $5000 + invested in EF mount lenses. $400 to allow them to use those lenses on E-mount is nothing to them. It is not for everyone though.

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Gary Dean Mercer Clark
By Gary Dean Mercer Clark (Jan 19, 2012)

Seems to me that is would be more sensible to pick up a manual EF to Nex adaptor with manual aperture for $55.99 versus spending $399 for an electronic version. However if you need IS--then I guess the $399 would be worth it? http://www.amazon.com/EzFoto-NEX-VG10-NEX-VG20camera-adapter-aperture/dp/B006JSN94Q/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1326942657&sr=8-7

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SteveNunez
By SteveNunez (Jan 17, 2012)

Fantastic news......a bit pricey- but welcome addition for the NEX shooter wanting to use Canon glass!
~Wonder how long it will be before the ebay sellers clone these?~

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Dennishh
By Dennishh (Jan 17, 2012)

Just ordered this, can't wait to be able use 50 mm F1 .4, 24 mm F1 .4 , 35mm F2 and not the least 400 mm F5.6. Won't use these all of time but just to have the ability when needed is great also don't have to buy the $175 built-in diaphragm model now. So it makes this adapter look a lot cheaper.

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Knallberto
By Knallberto (Jan 17, 2012)

Adapter with aperture = $ 48 !

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?rt=nc&LH_BIN=1&_nkw=adapter+eos+nex+aperture&_trksid=p3286.c0.m301

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Dennishh
By Dennishh (Jan 17, 2012)

Not the better one at B&H

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Joseph S Wisniewski
By Joseph S Wisniewski (Jan 17, 2012)

Knallberto, that's an adapter with the aperture behind the lens. Basically, all that does is cause vignetting.

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Dennishh
By Dennishh (Jan 17, 2012)

Only on zooms do you get vignetting. This was the only option for using a L lens before now.

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Richard Ettinger
By Richard Ettinger (Jan 17, 2012)

very expensive. which will come first, a price drop or NEX7 widely available in the US?

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mjkerpan
By mjkerpan (Jan 17, 2012)

I can't see this making TOO big of a splash in the still market, but I would imagine that the video set will love this. Given that the NEX 5n outperforms the Canon DSLRs in terms of video performance by a pretty decent margin, this may well be just what budget film makers who have Canon lenses and want the best possible video quality short of springing for the $15000 C300.

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ksgant
By ksgant (Jan 17, 2012)

Now if only Sony will stop with that goofy hot-shoe config. Yes, I'm sure we can get adaptors to use our pocket-wizards on, but it's kind of a pain.

And don't come back with "the NEX systems weren't suppose to be used with studio lights". I mean, why limit it?

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Argote
By Argote (Jan 18, 2012)

The hotshoe design is based on the Alpha hotshoe which is significantly superior to the traditional hotshoe on Canon/Nikon/Pentax, however it comes at the cost of compatibility without an adapter.

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ksgant
By ksgant (Jan 18, 2012)

Yes, I realize this, but the hotshoe design isn't really where we needed inovation or a "new" design...even though it's been on Minolta and now Sony SLR's for quite some time. In all my years in photography, I never once went "wow, I wish this hot-shoe was a better design".

With all the adaptors for the NEX system that lets you use different camera manufacturer lenses, I would have thought they would have more adaptors for their obscure hot-shoe design, but there's just not much demand I guess.

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ianimal
By ianimal (Jan 17, 2012)

Nice. Now some old cheap Canon lenses could be of interest. And if I later one day buy into Canon (again) I could use my NEX cameras with all the lenses, from any system I own. It just gives you the option to use all your lenses, so they not just collect dust. So... if Sony could just release some more native E-mount NEX primes, small and good. I would be even more happy.

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h00ligan
By h00ligan (Jan 17, 2012)

Weight of the mount + nex 5n can't possibly be much less than a t3... Which would cost a lot less. I own canon and nex systems..and find this overpriced and pointless. But I also own all l glass, which is really too big for the nex anyway..insomuch as I wouldn't want to use it given it defeats the point of a light kit.

The camera body is not the weight block in my canon kit.

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Vibrio
By Vibrio (Jan 17, 2012)

and how do you go about adjusting the aperture on EF lenses with a T3.....

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KieranGee
By KieranGee (Jan 18, 2012)

With Aperture Priority mode. Next question.

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gskolenda
By gskolenda (Jan 17, 2012)

It says its shipping today, where can we get one?

Anyone got any ideas?

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Jan 17, 2012)

http://conurus.com/sony/buy-eos-nex-adapter

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jh2bh
By jh2bh (Jan 17, 2012)

Why would anyone pay that much for an adapter that doesn't do Auto Focus?

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Dan_168
By Dan_168 (Jan 17, 2012)

Because some people (myself included) using all those ZE and ZF mount Zeiss/Voigtlander lenses on Canon bodies are all manual focus lenses anyway and we don't have problem doing manual focus. especially for our landscape work, I manual focus my AF lenses anyway, so this adapter just adds the additional capability for multi-platform users to share our lenses easier.

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William Koehler
By William Koehler (Jan 18, 2012)

Because a significant number of pros do it all manual. So they don't care.

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gskolenda
By gskolenda (Jan 17, 2012)

Thank God I have kept my Canon lens's! Was getting ready to sell them.
Not NOW! Now I will sell my kit lens and the 16mm pancake, and get this adapter!

I love my 16-35mm L II 2.8! I also love my Tamron 28-75mm 2.8. Now I will order the Canon 100mm f2.8 Macro IS L lens this would make it a 150mm Macro at f2.8 with Image Stabilization, on a Sony Nex7 Yeah man! Now your talking.

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hbux
By hbux (Jan 17, 2012)

cool... Put the 600L IS with the NEX together. that will be awesome. LOL

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ybizzle
By ybizzle (Jan 17, 2012)

$399? Buy a Canon T3 and call it a day...

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Individual1
By Individual1 (Jan 17, 2012)

Compare the image quality of the T3 to the Sony NEX-5n or 7 and you will understand where the difference lies. The dollar figure is only one aspect to the equation.

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Jan 17, 2012)

I don't get why one would use this. What Canon EF lenses make sense to attach to a NEX? And there are decent used Canon bodies available for the price of this adapter.

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djec
By djec (Jan 17, 2012)

"What Canon EF lenses make sense to attach to a NEX?"

The ones already in your kit bag.

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tonywong
By tonywong (Jan 17, 2012)

TSE (tilt shifts) and MPE-65 (macro) lenses?

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ybizzle
By ybizzle (Jan 17, 2012)

You don't even need to go used. A Canon T3 doesn't cost much more and you get an actual camera!

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hbux
By hbux (Jan 17, 2012)

i think $399 is over price.

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cdembrey
By cdembrey (Jan 17, 2012)

For me the EF 90mm f2.8 TS-E. Now I'll be able to totally migrate to the NEX 7. Also the small and light EF 85mm f1.8 will be a good match for the NEX 7 for stills and the NEX 5n for video.

Sorry Canon, you snooz you looz. Time Marches On.

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Dan_168
By Dan_168 (Jan 17, 2012)

ALL EF mount Zeiss and L primes I current have. few special one came to my mind: TSE 17, TSE 14, 85 1.2L, may be fun to use the 400 F2.8 there too.

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Zaptrax
By Zaptrax (Jan 17, 2012)

I would think the Canon 50mm f/2.5 macro would be a really cool lens to use with this mount. It is tack sharp, focuses very close, is ultra lightweight and is inexpensive.

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William Koehler
By William Koehler (Jan 18, 2012)

And in video mode those Canon bodies produce such lovely aliasing and moire. This is a professionally priced piece of kit for professionals shooting with professional Sony NEX bodies.

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DoctorJerry
By DoctorJerry (Jan 17, 2012)

Greqt news, now how about something for Nikon? What is the problem with getting AF to work? How soon will it be available?

Jerry

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zstan
By zstan (Jan 18, 2012)

you need a mirror to direct light to the AF sensor module which is only possible with another adapter with a translucent mirror..

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singveld
By singveld (Jan 17, 2012)

Wonderful. When can we buy it? I hope the battery of NEX can handle prolong use of IS. I wonder about that.

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DoctorJerry
By DoctorJerry (Jan 17, 2012)

It is already handling IS for its own lenses

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Dennishh
By Dennishh (Jan 17, 2012)

Buy another battery.

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SDF
By SDF (Jan 17, 2012)

Electronic aperture control? Yes Please!

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