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    LA-EA1 worth it?

    I was checking out the lenses that actually AF with the LA-EA1 and I've read that the AF times are between 2 to 7 seconds. The only lens that works with the LA-EA1 that could interest me is a Sony 50mm f1.8...but I already have a pentax 50mm f1.4 that I'm very found of. Is anyone using the Sony 50mm with the LA-EA1 out there? What is your opinion?

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    Re: LA-EA1 worth it?

    Come on, nobody is using it? How about general use? Is it worth it or is the AF too slow?

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    Re: LA-EA1 worth it?

    I wish I could help, but I sold the adapter before I had a chance to try it with the new AF firmware. From what I've seen on various forums and youtube, I think I'd prefer manual focusing. One thing I wasn't a huge fan of with the adapter is that, like a DSLR, it always keeps the aperture wide open when focusing, so you don't get realtime depth of field preview like you do with native NEX lenses and adapted manual lenses.

    The tripod foot was a really cool feature with the adapter, though.

    I've since sold all of my Alpha lenses and A900, and I am only using the NEX-5 with various rangefinder lenses (and a couple of m42 lenses, occasionally.)

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    Douglas, I didn't know you sold your 900 and all your alpha stuff. You went all in with the NEX huh?

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    Re: LA-EA1 worth it?

    thanks

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    Re: LA-EA1 worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim DE View Post
    Douglas, I didn't know you sold your 900 and all your alpha stuff. You went all in with the NEX huh?
    Yeah, for what I'm doing these days (or should I say NOT doing ) the 14mp is fine. I had been doing a lot of manual focus stuff with the A900 lately, anyways, so the NEX-5 is a nice fit. I would like an EVF option occasionally, but I like these little cameras, overall, and I'm having fun with small primes. Plus, if I really need the higher resolution, I've got Hasselblads wasting away in the closet that I can pull out.

    My biggest regret so far is simply that I haven't had a chance to shoot as much as I would like over the past few months!

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    None of my amount lenses will af with the adaptor, so I can't comment on whether the slowness would bother me! Oh well. I'm not a big fan of mf, but I hope I can deal with it once in a while.

    I agree that the 50/1.8 sounds nice, but with an old 50/1.7, I'll probably just make do with the mf.

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    I think A control from the camera wheel is worth something, which I find faster than turning the aperture wheel on a lens.

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    Re: LA-EA1 worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by meilicke View Post
    I think A control from the camera wheel is worth something, which I find faster than turning the aperture wheel on a lens.
    I actually prefer the manual lenses, because you can set the aperture, put the camera to your desired shutter speed in S mode, and then let Auto ISO pick the ISO. Pretty cool.

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    Re: LA-EA1 worth it?

    Woah, nice work selling your A900 kit, I agree, I actually prefer using adapted manual lenses on the NEX-5. An aperture ring is such a marvellous invention... why oh why have manufacturers removed it.

    Autofocus on the LA-EA1 is pretty bad... I tried it with my 30mm Macro, but it was useless.

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    Re: LA-EA1 worth it?

    One more thing to be aware of while using this adapter...

    http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/re...hread=36846243

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    Re: LA-EA1 worth it?

    I have used the adapter with a 35mm f 1,8, and NEX-5. It is interesting to watch the way it focuses. The lens almost seems to shutter as it focus back and forth with decreasing amplitude until it finally reaches sharp focus. It is not a fact process, and can take several seconds to finish. It works but is not speedy, or unobstrusive.

    It made me appreciate the kit zoom lens AF.

    I can see why Sony originally did not permit AF with this adapter.

    I will still use the adapter, and 35mm lens when necessary.

    Martin

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    Re: LA-EA1 worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Martin S View Post
    I have used the adapter with a 35mm f 1,8, and NEX-5. It is interesting to watch the way it focuses. The lens almost seems to shutter as it focus back and forth with decreasing amplitude until it finally reaches sharp focus. It is not a fact process, and can take several seconds to finish. It works but is not speedy, or unobstrusive....
    Yeah, that is the problem with using CDAF lenses on a PDAF system, unfortunately.

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    Re: LA-EA1 worth it?

    Douglas:

    You mean PDAF lenses on a CDAF system???

    Martin

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