Author Topic: Adaptor or new lens  (Read 3476 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline Morph

  • Member
  • **
  • Posts: 43
  • Gender: Male
    • AHart Photogrpahy
    • AHart Photography
Adaptor or new lens
« on: January 10, 2015, 09:48:34 AM »
I have just got myself the A6000 as a compliment to my A77. Main reason really is im doing some travelling this year and also im quite often out and about but don't want to carry a A77 and all the weight that entails. Of course with any new purchase you start to think about lenses. I have a reasonable collection of Sony and Minolta lenses. The two main considerations would probably be the Minolta 28 F2.8 and the Minolta 50 F1.7. If I was look at new E mount lense I would probably consider the Sigma Primes 19, 30 and 60 as they seem to offer the best value when you look at  price v IQ . The alternative would be the LA-EA2 with the Minolta lens. I wonder how the Minolta and Adaptor combination would stack up weight and quality wise against the Sigma. I have considered the LA-EA1 although I would have to manually focus with peaking available I don't think this would be such as problem. Most of the images I would take would be "static" so id be in no rush.

Offline AScot

  • Administrator
  • Friend of DynaxDigital
  • ******
  • Posts: 6042
  • Gender: Male
Re: Adaptor or new lens
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2015, 06:37:39 PM »
REX (aka TG) is probably the man to advise you on the A6000 as he owns it plus every other camera Sony makes. :D
Sony A7, A850, A77, A700 || Sony>> 70-300G, 28-75 f2.8 SAM, 16-80CZ, 50 f1.4, FE 28-70 OSS, FE 24-70CZ f4 OSS, LA-EA4 || Minolta>> 300 f4 G HS, 200 f2.8 G HS, 100 f2.8 (D) Macro, 50 f1.7, 28 f2.8, 28-135 f4-4.5, 70-210 f4, 500 f8 Reflex, TC x 1.4 HS, TC x 2 HS. || Sigma 21-35 f3.5-4.2. || Tamron SP 24-135.

Offline REX (aka TG)

  • Friend of DynaxDigital
  • *****
  • Posts: 5064
  • Gender: Male
  • Life is short, enjoy it as much as you can!
Re: Adaptor or new lens
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2015, 08:39:24 PM »
REX (aka TG) is probably the man to advise you on the A6000 as he owns it plus every other camera Sony makes. :D

Rex ... is probably the man to advice you :) ...... as he owns it plus every other camera Sony makes :(.......... just kidding :D )

I have LA1 and a6000 and works very good and as you said only in MF. No problem at all since you have full functionality except AF.

Very light combination and with out the loos of 1/3 of light. The other option will be to invest to E-mount lens where you will have all the benefits AF & quality.
aSLT/SLR/NEX,DYNAX

Offline chappo1

  • Administrator
  • Friend of DynaxDigital
  • ******
  • Posts: 9350
  • Gender: Male
  • real name..... john
    • chappo's doodlings-australian wildlife
Re: Adaptor or new lens
« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2015, 09:53:34 PM »
I do not own (YET) an E mount camera so thought I would let others respond first.
What is stopping me ?  Too many choices- As a walk about camera A6000, A7, A7R, A7S ??????????
When I do purchase I will go with an E mount lens to begin with and then adaptor to use my other lenses....
Just my thoughts ....john 
“Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils."

Hector Berlioz

Offline Morph

  • Member
  • **
  • Posts: 43
  • Gender: Male
    • AHart Photogrpahy
    • AHart Photography
Re: Adaptor or new lens
« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2015, 10:27:39 PM »
While the A7 series was tempting the A6000 got superb reviews and I felt suited everything I needed it for. In the main I shoot macro / still life but I will still use the A77 for that. The A6000 is more of a walk about camera. Ive used the excellent 16.50 F2.8 on the A77 but I quite fancy using primes on the A6000 not sure why lol. But with it being a much lighter system perhaps carrying 2 or 3 primes around will not be a chore. I think ill see how the kit lens performs for a while and investigate the primes on offer, but perhaps supplement the lenses for a while with the a mount using the LE-EA1. Thanks for the comments always helpful.

Offline AScot

  • Administrator
  • Friend of DynaxDigital
  • ******
  • Posts: 6042
  • Gender: Male
Re: Adaptor or new lens
« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2015, 08:04:44 PM »
I haven't invested in the E mount system either, so my knowledge is very limited. The A6000 with the E 16-50mm f2.8 does seem tempting but is there not an A7000 in the future? The A7 series look very good for full frame. I am not impressed with the E mount lenses that come as kit lenses (other than the 16-50 f2.8 ) but then few kit lenses of any make are good. I do like the A mount 28-75 f2.8 SAM which is a Kit lens that can be bought separately.
I am also a bit put off with having to use the LE-EA1/2/3/4 in order to use my A mount glass, that seems to negate the purpose of using light E mount cameras.
I just wish Sony would continue development of the A Mount system, we don't all need a light or mirrorless camera. I am old enough now that I have no wish to climb mountains or walk for miles to get a photo, all my gear goes into my SUV and I use only what I need. I admit it is limiting but I guess that is one of the costs of getting older.
« Last Edit: January 11, 2015, 10:36:20 PM by AScot »
Sony A7, A850, A77, A700 || Sony>> 70-300G, 28-75 f2.8 SAM, 16-80CZ, 50 f1.4, FE 28-70 OSS, FE 24-70CZ f4 OSS, LA-EA4 || Minolta>> 300 f4 G HS, 200 f2.8 G HS, 100 f2.8 (D) Macro, 50 f1.7, 28 f2.8, 28-135 f4-4.5, 70-210 f4, 500 f8 Reflex, TC x 1.4 HS, TC x 2 HS. || Sigma 21-35 f3.5-4.2. || Tamron SP 24-135.

Offline Morph

  • Member
  • **
  • Posts: 43
  • Gender: Male
    • AHart Photogrpahy
    • AHart Photography
Re: Adaptor or new lens
« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2015, 09:59:49 PM »
Its a difficult choice. Where I think Sony have been caught out is by the popularity of the E mount systems. They seemed to have come across something which has a great deal of appeal to both amateurs  and pro's alike . This is the problem they now have an underdeveloped popular system which leaves everyone slightly dissatisfied. A mount users feel they are becoming forgotten and E mount users feel the system lacks what is a fairly critical part the lens. I love the A77 but after a week on holiday with it last year walking around with heavy kit I did long for a lighter system. I used the A6000 today and the lack of weight was great. Now as I said Macro / Still life is my main passion and there is where the emount is seriously let down without the use of adaptors. But if you start seeing good quality macros in dedicated E mount I may well be tempted to switch over completely. For now ill enjoy both.

Offline CJinAustin

  • Enthusiast
  • *
  • Posts: 1
Re: Adaptor or new lens
« Reply #7 on: January 19, 2015, 08:50:10 PM »
I bought a couple of manual focus lens to mount to my NEX-F3. I too just wanted a light camera to have when the A900 is too much. I found that manual focus was fine but that I was always afraid to shoot wide open because focus could be off. In the end I now tend to keep my Sigma 30mm on it.

http://www.stevehuffphoto.com/2012/09/26/the-199-sigma-30-f2-8-real-world-lens-review-on-the-sony-nex-7-bang-for-the-buck-of-the-year/
- Sony A900 | NEX-F3

Offline Morph

  • Member
  • **
  • Posts: 43
  • Gender: Male
    • AHart Photogrpahy
    • AHart Photography
Re: Adaptor or new lens
« Reply #8 on: January 20, 2015, 09:54:40 PM »
I do like the look of the Sigmas they in general seem to get good reviews and are a very sensible price. For the moment I will be waiting, I did manage to pick up a brand new LA-EA1 from a camera store at half the price of second hand ones on Ebay. Ive had a quick play with the my 2 Minolta primes the 28 and 50mm and with the Focus peaking on the A6000 they work really well. I actually find the peaking on the A6000 better than the A77. The balance is also pretty good even with the adaptor so will use that set up for a while until I decide which lenses if any I really want.