To use a Canon EF lens on a Sony E-mount camera, you’ll need a Canon to Sony adapter. A sharp focus can be achieved due to the slim design of the Sony.
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What is a lens adapter?
A lens adapter is a ring that connects your lens to your camera. It’s a handy way to get more use out of your lens because you’ll be able to use it on different cameras that don’t naturally support your lens.
Another benefit of using a lens adapter is that it’ll save you money. Instead of buying a brand new lens, you can buy an adapter which ranges from $50 to $400.
If you’re switching from Canon to Sony and love your 85mm f/1.2 because of its low light capabilities, you’ll need a lens adapter to continue using it.
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Whether you want to keep your Canon lens or save up for a new Sony lens, an adapter will help you transition.
Canon EF lens to Sony E-Mount adapter
Here are 4 great lens adapters to use Canon EF/EF-S lenses on Sony E-mount cameras:
Fotodiox Pro Fusion Smart
Fotodiox makes a budget-friendly lens adapter that gets the job done. The autofocus feature may work slow which means you’ll be better off using manual focus.
Commlite High-Speed AF Adapter
The Commlite Canon to Sony lens adapter is the best choice if you’re looking for one under $200. It supports Phase Detection AF, which means you’ll have faster autofocus.
Metabones Smart Adapter
Metabones is an original and popular Canon to Sony lens adapter. What makes it great is that there are regular firmware updates and autofocus performs well.
Sigma MC-11 Mount Converter
The Sigma converter has great autofocus and is a cheaper alternative to the Metabones. This adapter also supports in-camera image stabilization which helps you capture a sharp image.
According to many users and lens adapter brands, the following are possible issues and limitations:
- Autofocus doesn’t work well or quickly.
- Vignetting while using wide-angle lenses.
- It doesn’t support the weight of your lens.
These are common issues that many users have reported. It’s good to try out the lens adapter and make a decision after using the product.
Regardless of the lens adapter you choose, be sure to check with the manufacturer and ensure that your camera and lens are compatible. This can be found on their website or by contacting a customer service representative.
It’s also important to note that using a lens adapter may void your warranty if you have one. Check the warranty information before using a lens adapter to make sure.
Using a Canon to Sony lens adapter is a great way to continue using your favorite lens with a new camera body. It’ll save you money and get the job done.
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