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Fringer is the World’s First Contax N- to Sony E-Mount Electronic Adapter

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If you happen to have a plethora of Contax lenses stored away and are now busy playing with a Sony A7 or NEX camera then we have some exciting news for you. Thanks to eBay shop Kens_Camera, it is now possible to purchase a Contax N-mount to Sony E-mount adapter. The seller explains he designed the adapter himself and that it is an entirely automatic adapter with only slight autofocus limitations.

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The Fringer adapter, as it is being called, is compatible with Sony’s E-mount camera systems and can be used in conjunction with the company’s 5-axis stabilization technology. Tests with a 200mm Contax N-mount lens show that decent shots could be obtained all the way down to 1/10th of a second, handheld.

In addition to standard Contax N lenses, the adapter also supports C645 glass. Automatic aperture and autofocus control are possible, and all EXIF data is recorded and saved, including the lens model and other standard information.

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Kens_Camera does note that it is important to “understand AF limitations before your order.” Due to the fact that N mount and C645 lenses are designed for SLR style cameras, contrasting autofocus bodies may produce poor autofocusing. The seller claims it is not a malfunction of the adapter, but merely a limitation of technology.

Here’s a video showing the adapter in action:

Here are some sample photos captured using Contax lenses on a Sony camera:

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You can pick up the adapter today for $680 plus $45 for standard international shipping from China. It’s a pretty steep price, but you don’t really have any other options right now if you’d like this type of adapter.

(via eBay via sonyalpharumors)

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