I have so much Sony gear to review it’s a little bit overwhelming to be honest, but I must continue to chip away at the pile of optics and user requests. What literally just showed up as I was typing is the Sony A7 II, so I can test the firmware updates with my Canon EF lenses via the Metabone IV and latest firmware. The A7R II will obviously focus better with the latest generation full frame sensor, but the much more affordable A7 II has many more potential users and requests continue to come in for lens testing on this camera body in particular.
So what else do I have coming? Well, I have the A-Mount Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di USD Zoom Lens and the A-Mount Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G SSM II Lens which I have been wanting to test forever. I also have the Sony LA-EA3 lens adapter to insure the phase detection works at proper speeds throughout the zoom ranges. I want to test the on sensor focus performance in particular based on user requests.
Will the LA-EA3 work good enough for real would usability with these Sony and Tamron A-Mount Lenses?
We saw what happened with Sigma A-Mount lenses and LA-EA3, so clearly firmware matters on a per lenses bases. Will Sony and Tamron lenses suffer the same issues, or will they work out of the box like I hope?
Will my version 1 Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS Lens work in the 140-200mm range with the Metabones IV Lens adapter??
I’m still not sure, but time will tell. I have seen tests with the version II Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS Lens, and that lens definitely works in the 140-200mm range at f./2.8. I don’t see my version 1 on the Metabones website compatibility list though… I also wanted to test my Canon EF 135mm f/2 L lens, because this dod not work at all AF wise with the Metabones III that I own. These tests should clear up a lot of concerns for those really needing to know one way or another.
New Gear for Review
It is always a struggle for me to pick the next cycle of review gear, but It’s also a lot of fun! Here is what I chose for this cycle based on user requests and what I wanted to check out…
Sony A7 II
I reviewed the A7 II already (Click Here), but the new firmware has allowed for on sensor phase detection autofocus to work with non Sony lenses like the Canon EF lenses that I have and love to use for example… Via the Metabones IV with latest firmware for maximum compatibility verification with the Canon gear I have at least.
Sony A7 II Key Features:
- 24.3MP Full-Frame Exmor CMOS Sensor
- BIONZ X Image Processor
- 5-Axis SteadyShot INSIDE Stabilization
- Enhanced Fast Hybrid AF and 5 fps Burst
- Support for Non Sony Lenses w/ Hybrid AF
- Full HD XAVC S Video and S-Log2 Gamma
- 3.0″ 1,228.8k-Dot Tilting LCD Monitor
- XGA 2.36M-Dot OLED Electronic Viewfinder
- Weather-Resistant Magnesium Alloy Body
- Refined Grip & Robust Lens Mount
- Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
- Weight = 1.22 lb / 556 g
- Price = ~$1698 US
Metabones T Smart Adapter Mark IV
The flagship Metabones T Smart Adapter Mark IV lens adapter for Canon EF lenses will be put to the test with my gear and the A7 II.
Other super affordable electronic lens adapters like the Commlite for example, are now proving to be really good as well. I could try that out also although there are good reviews on the internet already.
Metabones T Smart Adapter Mark IV Key Features:
- Canon EF or EF-S Lens to Sony E Body
- Third Party EF or APS-C EF to Sony E
- Supports Electronic Communication
- Enables Use of Lens Autofocus
- Enables Lens Aperture and Stabilization
- Adapter Interior Minimizes Reflections
- Locking Mechanism to Secure Lens
- Push-Button Lens Release
- Brass Mounting Rings
- Detachable Tripod Foot
- Price = $399 US
Sony LA-EA3 Lens Adapter
The Sony LA-EA3 lens adapter is designed for attaching A-Mount Lenses to the Sony E-Mount camera bodies like the Sony A7 II or the A6000 for that matter. It’s currently on sale for only $98 US @ BHPhoto.
A-Mount Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di USD Zoom Lens
- 70-200mm Telephoto Zoom Lens
- Aperture Range: f/2.8-32
- Ultrasonic Silent Drive Motor
- Extra Low Dispersion Element
- Moisture Resistant Construction
- Compact Design
- Minimum Focus Distance = 51.2″ (1.30 m)
- 77mm Thread Size
- Weight = 51.85 oz (1470 g)
- Price = ~1499 US
A-Mount Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G SSM II Lens
The Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G SSM II Lens has been on my must test lists for some time, and I decided to try it out as well. Testing the focus at 300mm should be a really good test for the A7 II and LA-EA3 lens adapter combination. If it works well, then you can expect all the newer Sony A-Mount lenses to perform similarly I would think and do expect!
- A-Mount Lens/Full Frame
- Aperture Range: f/4.5 to 29
- One Extra-Low Dispersion Element
- Nano AR Coating
- SuperSonic Motor AF System
- Improved AF Tracking Algorithm
- Minimum Focus Distance: 4′
- Moisture and Dust-Resistant Design
- Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
- Lens Hood and Carrying Case Included
- Weight = 1.65 lb (750 g)
- Price = ~$1148 US
Next Review Cycle Gear? Requests Please!
I have to get a copy of the Sony FE 24-70mm f/4 OSS ZA Lens to see if the copy I originally had was crap, or if I just got a lemon? I have seen several good copies of this lens from friends inline, but I have not confirmed this yet myself, and have gotten several requests for this over the past months. Sorry to those waiting (Mike Ross), and I should have it in the Lab within the month!
- Sony FE 24-70mm f/4 OSS ZA Lens
- Sony A7S or A7r II Again?
- Sony RX1R II?
- Sony RX100 IV?
- Sony A6300 If possible
- New Sony GM Lenses if possible
- More Sony A-Mount Lenses?
I’m really looking forward to doing some testing on all this gear and I hope you come along for the ride with me!
Stay tuned on the Forums (Click Here) as I post sample photos throughout the upcoming two weeks with all the new gear. I will also post a video of the live AF testing in the Lab ASAP. Both lens adapters need to be tested and the low light lab scene is really great for this stuff. In good light I have confidence all the lenses and lens adapters will work great, but low light and moving subjects are another story entirely 😉
Please put your gear requests and thoughts below in the comments area for the next review cycle, which should be in about 2 weeks or so if all goes to plan… I really want to know what you guys think, so I can try my best to satisfy your needs.
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