Monday, May 25, 2015

Sony Diaries #768: Legacy lenses: oldies but still goodies!

One of the attractions for going mirrorless is the opportunity to use almost any legacy lenses: lenses made for film bodies, of various mounts. It is now possible to use any one of the millions of lenses made over the last century, using an adapter that costs as low as $15 and as high as $500+ (the Metabones and Speedboosters). It is an amazing adventure trying out Nikkon Nikkors, Minolta Rokkors, Konica Hexanons, Pentax Takumars, and Olympus Zuikos.
Below are two samples taken with 2 different lenses using a $20 Fotosy adapter, on a Sony A7II. The beauty of using the a7II lies in 3 features: the magnificent Live-View display, focus peaking, and In-Body Stabilization (works with any lens, regardless of make and vintage).
 Konica 57f1.4, 1/80@f1.4, ISO400. AWB, handheld
($50-$100, Kijiji, eBay, Craigslist)
Vivitar (Konica mount) 28f2.5, 1/100s@f2.5, ISO 2500. AWB, handheld. ($20-$50, Kijiji, eBay, Craigslist) 
May 24th.

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