If you are not aware, one of the most powerful features offered by the Sony Mirrorless Camera system, is the ability to use other brand lenses and still retain quality auto focus. The Sony on sensor phase detection af system can work with almost any capable lens, and depending on your lens adapter the results can vary a bit from lens to lens.
The Metabones and Sigma MC-11 are know for being amongst the best lens adapters, but they are also the most expensive. You can look to other adapters for a cheaper solution and still get really good results for the most part based on the reviews I’ve seen.
So, as some of you know, I still have all my Canon Pro gear from when I used to do wedding and portrait work years ago. Nowadays, I barley ever use it unless I have a friend or family that wants some pro oriented photos. However, I do use the killer L lenses quite often on my Sony cameras via the Metabones Lens Adapter, and thought you should know just how good it actually works.
Does the Auto Focus work as good as a native Sony lens? No, but it’s pretty good and leaps and bounds better than manually focusing!
I really enjoy using top quality optics, so using the lens adapter at the loss of a little af speed and accuracy does not really bother me at all. If I was shooting a wedding, that would be a different story though, don’t get me wrong! I would want the fastest and most accurate af as possible, and using this set-up would not be ideal for that in my opinion, although certainly could be done.
Sony A9, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L Lens via Metabones Lens Adapter
So here is what she looks like with the Canon glass mounted up in the lab…
These are all just snapshots from a family birthday party, but it was real world use and I thought some of them came out quite good… It’s fun to use a lens like this and just goof around from time to time I must say!
I shot all these photos in Jpeg mode as well, just to let you know!
First is Jase being a dare devil on the slide…
Be sure to Click the Photos for a larger more crisp version!
My wife Michele having a laugh…
Sage the dog had some really cool eyes and loved my pets 🙂
Friends and Family
As you can see the Sony A9, and all the newer Sony E-Mount Mirrorless Cameras for that matter, work really well with other lens manufactures like Canon. Even though the lens mount is completely different, utilizing electronic lens adapters like the quality Metabones and Sigma MC-11, or cheaper units, will allow you to use these lenses on your Sony E-Mount Cameras with Auto Focus! Image stabilization will also work, but you will need to turn off the in camera stabilization when using a Canon EF lens stabilization. Or you can turn the lens stabilization off and just use the camera stabilization which is what I do. Last time I tested, the Sony cameras don’t work together with the Canon lens stabilization like it can with a Sony lenses unfortunately. It’s a one or the other situation as far as I’m aware…
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