I was reading the reviews of the LA-EA5 on Sony.com...

Started Mar 23, 2021 | Discussions thread
Lensmate
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Re: I was reading the reviews of the LA-EA5 on Sony.com...

tqlla wrote:

Lensmate wrote:

toughluck wrote:

tqlla wrote:

Why should people have to click through a maze to figure out what Cameras are compatible with the LA-EA5. Sony could just write. AF with screw driven lenses is only compatible with the A1, A7Riv and the A6600. They could even put it in the fine print.

But instead the information is hidden. A user has to know which page to start at and the correct sequence of pages they need to jump through.

  1. https://www.sony.com/electronics/converters-mount-adapters/la-ea5
  2. Click on compatibility
  3. Click on Select model.... whoops Wrong page. Start over
  4. Click on interchangeable lens
  5. Click on a lens .... whoops. No info there. Start over.
  6. Click on Body,
  7. Click on emount camera
  8. Click on a Camera body.... whoops no info there either.

Wow it is so easy to get ZERO compatibility information.

People rightfully expect that the Adapter will work with at least current cameras(A7iii/A9/A9ii/A7Siii/A7C). Sony hides the lack of functionality through a maze of pages. That 2 star rating is well deserved.

So I did. I clicked on the link:

https://support.d-imaging.sony.co.jp/www/cscs/accessories/?mdl=LA-EA5&area=gwt&lang=en_US

Suppose I have A73. I hover over "body" and clik "Interchangeable Lens Camera". Next I click ILCE-7M3 and I see:

I click "Lenses Compatibility" and I get this new page:

http://support.d-imaging.sony.co.jp/www/cscs/accessories/compatibility.php?area=us&lang=en&mdl=ILCE-7M3&cat=7

I click, for example, SAL135F18Z and see this:

LA-EA5

  • Autofocus cannot be used.
  • Available with a Mount Adaptor.
  • Operation sound of the diaphragm is recorded with the internal microphone.
  • Outside the A (Aperture priority), S (Shutter priority), and M (Manual) modes, the shutter speed and the aperture can not be adjusted during the movie recording.
  • If you attach the [A-mount lens] using the Mount Adaptor, MF assist function does not work automatically when you turn the focus ring. You can enlarge the image by selecting [Focus Magnifier] function or [MF Assist] function to any key in the "Custom Key Settings"

Doesn't get much clearer than this.

I mean, sure, there are people who don't think twice about spending 250 bucks on a whim, but I don't, so I would check this first.

Suppose you have one or two lenses, so you might want to check them first. You click "Interchangeable Lens [A-mount] Compatibility Information" and select SAL135F18Z, get this:

And you're presented with this page:

http://support.d-imaging.sony.co.jp/www/cscs/accessories/compatibility.php?area=us&lang=en&mdl=SAL135F18Z&cat=3

You can click on any body and if AF is not available, you get this in the first position:

  • Autofocus cannot be used.

How much clearer do you need it to be?

Exactly!

-Martin P

The information doesnt need to be clearer, it needs to be available. Not hidden through a maze of web pages.
Maybe Sony could put the information on...hmmmm.... the LA-EA5 page. Seems like the obvious place for major restrictions, but obviously you feel that hiding the information is better for the customers.

At the bottom of those pages, there is a request for opinions. You are always free to do so...

-Martin P

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