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Two questions about adapting lenses

 
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Mar 04, 2018 00:46 |  #1

Hi everyone!

I'm deeply looking into picking up an original A7 to use my Nikon manual focus lenses on. I looked at the D700, but I left DSLRs for a reason and I know I'll regret going back. My two questions are:

1. Has anyone found an increase in flare or odd reflections from adapting a Nikon or other SLR lens?
2. Is it awkward focusing lenses being that the adapter is so long?

I really like the idea of an A7, but my biggest concern is that it will feel weird using a manual focus lens that is so far away from the camera body. I love my Voigtlander 40mm f2, which is the main reason I want a FF camera, but it's a pancake lens and having a short lens at the end of a long adapter seems like it might be a little awkward to handle.

Any insight is appreciated, thanks everyone!


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Mar 05, 2018 11:06 |  #2

I've never used a pancake lens with the A7, but I've used a couple Nikon manual focus lenses without a problem. Using a lens on an adapter loses the size advantage of an A7 vs. a DSLR, but I didn't notice any ergonomic issues. The spacing of the lens from the back of the camera is about the same as on a DSLR, there's just more room around the lens to get to the controls.




  
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Mar 05, 2018 11:17 |  #3

yellowt2 wrote in post #18578154 (external link)
I've never used a pancake lens with the A7, but I've used a couple Nikon manual focus lenses without a problem. Using a lens on an adapter loses the size advantage of an A7 vs. a DSLR, but I didn't notice any ergonomic issues. The spacing of the lens from the back of the camera is about the same as on a DSLR, there's just more room around the lens to get to the controls.

Good to hear, thank you! And have you noticed any increase in flare? I've heard of there being problems with light bouncing around due to the extra empty space.


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Mar 05, 2018 11:29 |  #4

Scottboarding wrote in post #18578159 (external link)
Good to hear, thank you! And have you noticed any increase in flare? I've heard of there being problems with light bouncing around due to the extra empty space.

you might be talking about internal reflections in the adapter - get one with a black matte finish to minimize or you can flock it with black felt paper.


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Mar 05, 2018 16:40 |  #5

ccp900 wrote in post #18578166 (external link)
you might be talking about internal reflections in the adapter - get one with a black matte finish to minimize or you can flock it with black felt paper.

Yes that is what I was thinking of! Any recommendations on adapters? All the ones on B&H seem to have bad reviews.


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Mar 05, 2018 18:00 |  #6

just get a cheap adapter like the K&F concepts, then get flocking paper from edmond's optics. Some internal reflection can be real bad, makes it seem like your lens is flaring.

A single roll/sheet will last you forever. Fairly easy to use, just cut small pieces and stick all over the inside of your adapter.


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