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Upcoming Sony Lens Adapter Does More than Adapt Lenses, Helps Focus Too

Here’s some interesting innovation on the tech-side of photography: on August 24, Sony will be unveiling a new lens adapter called the LA-EA2 that will let customers use large Sony Alpha DSLR lenses on their small NEX mirrorless cameras. Unlike most lens adapters, this one actually does a lot more than adapt lenses — it has its own translucent mirror and phase-detection autofocus sensor to aid the camera in providing snappy autofocus. It’s almost like an accessory that helps turn small NEX bodies into a DSLR-style camera (except there’s still no optical viewfinder).

(via Photo Rumors via Wired)


 
  • Anonymous

    If you’re getting back to nearly the bulk of an SLR to get these features, I wonder if you’re best off sticking with the SLR.

  • Anonymous

    If you’re getting back to nearly the bulk of an SLR to get these features, I wonder if you’re best off sticking with the SLR.

  • http://blog.wingtangwong.com/ Wing Wong

    This is an interesting adapter… not so much for the NEX, but rather for adopting it for any other kind of body that lacks AF capabilities… that would be interesting.

  • http://blog.wingtangwong.com/ Wing Wong

    This is an interesting adapter… not so much for the NEX, but rather for adopting it for any other kind of body that lacks AF capabilities… that would be interesting.

  • Rob

    proof to me that DSLRs are STILL the best solution.  

    1 – it makes it almost as bulky as a DSLR
    2 – you loose between 1/2 and one full stop from the “translucent” mirror
    3 – talk about bad ergonomics.  You are stuck holding a lens with something strapped to the back

    Ill take my Pentax any day over this kludge

  • moli

    it is not the question if a DSRL is the best solution.
    Here we ahe speaking of autofocus.If you buy a NEX and the old adapter you can use the old lens you have and remember, the so useful autofocus, introduced in the 70° by Minolta, changed the way to make photography.Have you tried  to focus by hand now? is an other philosophy of the image, if you are able to focus by hand you can use any lens on e very small professional body and with the new NEX 7through a digital viewfinder!

  • moli

    it is not the question if a DSRL is the best solution.
    Here we ahe speaking of autofocus.If you buy a NEX and the old adapter you can use the old lens you have and remember, the so useful autofocus, introduced in the 70° by Minolta, changed the way to make photography.Have you tried  to focus by hand now? is an other philosophy of the image, if you are able to focus by hand you can use any lens on e very small professional body and with the new NEX 7through a digital viewfinder!