How to shoot with manual lenses on the A7/r?

Started Jan 10, 2014 | Discussions thread
DWMurf Senior Member • Posts: 1,191
Re: Native Sony flashes work exceptionally well with manual-focus (no-electronics) lenses on A7

Miki Nemeth wrote:

Hi David,

I went even further. Another friend photographer here on the forum wrote me that the A7 AUTO (exposure) mode works surprisingly well. I can confirm that AUTO mode works very well with manual-focus lenses along with native Sony flashes like the F20M, too. I never considered AUTO mode on any camera as a serious option. But, this weekend I gave my A7 to a friend, who had never heard of aperture, shutter speed, ISO before. I showed him how to use the manual focus ring on the Olympus OM 55mm/f1.2 lens, I set the aperture to 5.6 on the lens, the camera mode dial to AUTO, ISO to Auto ISO with the F20M flash on. With these settings he took a number of excellent shots outdoor and indoor alike. He told me that it was really fun how focus peaking helped him to make sharp images.

The lesson learned: even a total beginner can take excellent pictures with old/legacy manual focus lenses with Sony cameras.


Hi Miki,

That is an amazing story to tell here and valuable experience we can all learn from. These are amazing discoveries I haven't heard discussed here at all.

Are we the only ones reading this? I'm surprised no one else is responding here. Or maybe using any Auto modes or Auto flash is strictly verboten here, especially with manual legacy lenses that no one ever dreamed would be used in some of these ways when first made?

I've discovered what I know about this purely by accident, by forgetting to take my camera out of Auto mode when mounting a manual lens and realizing I was getting fine photos anyway. LOL!

I also like using the multiple shot overlay modes in low light like Hand Held Twilight and Anti-Motion Blur. And then there is HDR as well.

I sometimes use Clear Image Zoom which adds some zoom to my fixed focal length lenses.

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