Which lens adapter to get and how well will it work with a given lens is often the question. Well, in this video courtesy of TheCameraStoreTV, Chris and Jordan go over and test the latest offerings from Metabones, Sigma, and Commlite in a variety of ways using the Sony A7 III and more…
The Sigma MC-11 appears to work better with the Sigma Glass then with the Canon Glass vs the Metabones V. The Metabones V has a slight advantage with Canon EF glass over the Sigma MC-11 adapter however, but still does not perform as good as the Sigma Glass on the Sigma MC-11 Adapter using the the Sony A7 III. Very interesting!
Eye- AF works on all the adapters pretty accurately, but all have trouble tracking larger forward and back movements.
The Commlite adapter with a Nikon lens appears to be the least effective unit, but is also the first electronic adapter for Nikon lenses to Sony E-Mount that actually works decent.
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The Sigma Art Lenses using the Sigma MC-11 Electronic Lens adapter appear to work the best as compared to native E-Mount glass. Very impressive to say the least! Eye- AF worked really well overall and was able to track using AF-C continuous auto focus mode.
When using the Sigma MC-11 with the Canon EF lenses, the performance was not quite as good as the Metabones V with Canon EF lenses, but very close.
The Metabones V with Canon EF glass also worked really well, but not as good as the Sigma Lenses using the Sigma Lens adapter. This makes sense when you look at the fact we have a Canon Lens, a Metabones V Adapter, and then a Sony camera. Three different manufactures involved in the system, where as the Sigma solution has a lens and adapter matching pair with the Sony camera.
Canon Glass Users:
If you are Canon EF lens User like myself, an want to adapt to the Sony A7 III for example, you can go with either the Sigma MC-11 (canon EF version) or the Metabones V. The Metabones Costs $399 and the Sigma MC-11 costs $249.
The Metabones V performs slightly better than the Sigma with Canon glass, but is it $150 dollars better? I don’t think so based on what I have seen in various testing. Therefore, I would recommend the more affordable Sigma MC-11 unit over the Metabones V for most users.
The Metabones V does offer the Tri-pod mount which can be extremely valuable when mounting large heavy lenses. The Sigma MC-11 Does not offer this…
Nikon Glass Users:
Micro 4/3rds users:
You would want the Speed Booster lens adapter units for the speed advantage. Since the sensor is so much smaller compared to the larger lens coverage area, the extra light can be gathered and boosted to help in low light situations. Great for keeping the ISO down when recording video in low light for example using a Canon EF Lens. The Metabons Speed Booster is very expensive @ $649, built I have seen cheaper Speed Booster style units on Amazon.
Please let me know if you have used any of these adapters and your experience with them. Which lenses work and which don’t for example, and so fourth.. I have the older Metabones IV unit and it works pretty darn good for regular photography, but not so good for video and some lenses don’t work. My Canon EF 135mm f/2 Lens for example doesn’t work, but apparently does on the Metabones V. So many lenses and so many variables!
Thanks for checking in and catch up with you soon!
Current Lens Adapters Worth Getting:
- Metabones V (Canon) for $399 @ BHPhoto | Amazon
- Metabones Speed Booster (Micro 4/3rds, Canon) for $649 @ BHPhoto | Amazon
- Sigma MC-11 (Canon or Sigma) for $249 @ BHPhoto | Amazon
- Commlite (Nikon) for $369 @ Amazon
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