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CSC : Digital Compact System Cameras - This new category of digital Compact System Cameras with interchangeable lenses was mislabeled for a time as "Mirrorless Cameras" by those forgetting about "Mirrorless" Rangefinder cameras.  Such confusion is easily understandable, since interchangeable rangefinder cameras were only recently introduced in 1932.  hmm.    CSC or Compact System Camera is probably the best category description to date, although I am fond of the old RFF desigation of  CEVIL  indicating Compact Electronic Viewfidner Interchangeable Lens.   This forum is here at RFF because via adapters these cameras offer an inexpensive way to use rangefinder lenses on digital cameras -- in addition of just about every 35mm SLR lens you can think of.  All  offer the photo enthusiast an incredible array of adopted lenses which was not possible before these new digital formats.   This group continues to grow in popularity and new camera models! 

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Experience of Sony A65 with manual lenses?
Old 06-04-2012   #1
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Experience of Sony A65 with manual lenses?

Hello all,
I'm giving a little thought to getting a digital camera. I want to shoot manual lenses, with proper focus and aperture rings. To that end, I think a camera with an EVF and focus peaking would suit me. Most DSLRs these days don't have focus screens good enough for manual glass, and even if you can change the focus screen, sometimes shimming is required for accuracy. So I think I'd like the EVF route.

I've fondled the Sony A65 in a shop, and the EVF is magnificent, but does anyone have any experience with this camera shooting old Minolta or M42 lenses? Anything I should be aware of?

Obviously there is m43, NEX etc. but for the moment, I'm concentrating on DSLR style models.

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I had a Sony A65 with a Nikon adapter. With focus peaking and a Nikon manual lens, it worked beautifully Exactly as you would hope.
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I had a Sony A65 with a Nikon adapter. With focus peaking and a Nikon manual lens, it worked beautifully Exactly as you would hope.
That's the answer I was looking for! Basically, no surprises, just the simple ability to use an old lens and focus accurately.
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That's the answer I was looking for! Basically, no surprises, just the simple ability to use an old lens and focus accurately.
Yes you are correct. Really works well.

Example using a Nikon 50/1.4 non AIS

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