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E-mount lens adapters

E-mount lens adapters

| On 16, Mar 2017

In addition to my own interest, several viewers have asked about adapters to use older lenses on Sony e-mount cameras. I asked B&H if I could borrow a couple, and also asked Sony for their a-mount to e-mount adapter.

Here’s an introduction to adapters, how they work and how effective they are:



Here are links to check the current U$ pricing of the items described in the video:

Sony A7 II

Sony A6300

Vello EF/EF-S to e-mount adapter

Metabones Mark IV EF/EF-S to e-mount adapter

Sony LA-EA4

Sony 24mm F2 a-mount

Sony 50mm F1.4 a-mount

Canon 24-105 F4 L

Canon 28mm F1.8

Behind the scenes

The scenes where I am on camera were shot with the Fuji X-T2 with the XF16-55 lens. The beauty shots and close-ups were recorded with the Sony A6300 with the 35mmF1.8 and the 30mmF3.5 macro lenses. Screens captured using an Atomos Shogun.

The scenes are edited, and may be slowed or speeded up, but not where the speed is material to understanding or appreciating the operation.

I use a Rodelink Filmmaker wireless kit for on camera audio, a Rode NT USB for narration.

I edit on a 5K iMac.

I do read and respond to all comments, which are moderated. If, either here or on YouTube, you leave a relevant and civil comment without links (which are filtered by YouTube) it will be posted.

For your guidance 

The products reviewed are on loan, and returned after the review unless otherwise mentioned.

In this case, I own the A6300 and the Canon lenses I used in the review.

I am not sponsored or compensated by any manufacturer, I have not accepted payment to review any product. I am not compensated for my reviews except through Google Adwords.

I am currently shooting with the Fuji X-T2 thanks to an extended loan from Fujifilm Canada.

The B&H links are affiliate links, I do receive a small commission – but please do not allow this to influence your purchase decision.

I also encourage you to visit and support your local photo/video retailer.


  1. Brian Patterson

    A good overall review – appreciated the feature/performance comparisons. A discussion on the PDAF vs. CDAF functionality would bring more clarity to the differences as Sony apparently granted different levels of access to the third party makers. Either way, I’m in love with my LA-EA4 adapter, don’t find it cumbersome at all – it actually gives a little more ‘grip’ area to the small a6300 body.

    As you mentioned, adapters become less valuable as better/more Sony native glass emerges, and I reserve my adapter use to native Sony/Minolta lenses so don’t feel like I’m losing much of any funtionality. They all work very well, including a 25-yesr-old 80-200 APO HSM Minolta zoom.

    Always enjoy your narratives, Maarten – keep up the good work!

    • Maarten

      Brian: Thanks for your note and your kind words – it’s always nice to hear from my readers/viewers. Thanks also for the details of your experience.

      I agree that there is a great deal more to do in reviewing these adapters, this video was a first step – for me to learn about the basics of adapters; to determine if this was a topic of interest for my viewers; and to understand a little bit how complex the videos reviewing these products in detail might be.


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