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Thanks. That looks fine to me. This is on the A7, not the A7r, right?
Yes, the A7.



The lens in action @f1.4 and iso 8000. School memorial for Nelson Mandela...
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Old 12-10-2013   #82
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want to foucs at eyes, but not fast enough,
i love the mood of this pic, thz for your reply
I totally understand -- with kids, if you wait for all the technical elements to align perfectly, the moment is often gone. I was just curious if the equipment was the limiting factor here. It's a wonderfully sweet picture, regardless.
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I totally understand -- with kids, if you wait for all the technical elements to align perfectly, the moment is often gone. I was just curious if the equipment was the limiting factor here. It's a wonderfully sweet picture, regardless.
Compared with M9, X-E1, GXR/M, A7 is good enough for shooting kids with EVF
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Have you guys noticed any vignetting with Nokton 35mm 1.4 using helicoid (Hawk's 1st version) adapter? Mine is showing a pretty strong vignette.
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ciyusam01, I see your Flickr stream has some Rollei 40mm ltm sonnar shots, but for some reason most seem overexposed. Would there be any chance of some more please, and is there a reason for the overexposure? This is my primary lens.

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And while I'm at it, has anyone tried a Jupiter 12? Is anyone game? It seems to have worked surprisingly well on the various digital M bodies to date.
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ciyusam01, I see your Flickr stream has some Rollei 40mm ltm sonnar shots, but for some reason most seem overexposed. Would there be any chance of some more please, and is there a reason for the overexposure? This is my primary lens.

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And while I'm at it, has anyone tried a Jupiter 12? Is anyone game? It seems to have worked surprisingly well on the various digital M bodies to date.
Sorry, the lens is not in LTM mount XD
The lens is mofity from Rollei SE Sonnar 40mm F2.8




I forgot the set the ISO, so the iso is 6400, that why u see a little bit over. If i have time i will try the lens more
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Sorry, the lens is not in LTM mount XD
The lens is mofity from Rollei SE Sonnar 40mm F2.8

I forgot the set the ISO, so the iso is 6400, that why u see a little bit over. If i have time i will try the lens more
Thanks so much. Same lens formula and coating so should render the same. Might have been cheaper as a conversion! The LTM version was the "kit" lens for the Rollei 35 RF of about 10 years ago.
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Thanks so much. Same lens formula and coating so should render the same. Might have been cheaper as a conversion! The LTM version was the "kit" lens for the Rollei 35 RF of about 10 years ago.
i sold my Rollei 35 RF ver Sonnar 40mm F2.8 LTM few year ago, it is really good lens, great in size and performance.
however, the lens is very easy to get haze or lens coating problems.

I would like to try Rollei 80mm F2.8 LTM, it now very hard to find and very expensive.
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Yes, the A7.



The lens in action @f1.4 and iso 8000. School memorial for Nelson Mandela...
Very nice. Sadly the 21 Summilux + A7 is cheaper than a M 240 + 21 SEM. And I'd get to shoot the 21 Summilux on my film cameras

I love my Zeiss 21/4.5, but the only digital it really seems to work on is the Monochrom, which isn't much cheaper than the A7/21 Summilux combo.

I really hope Zeiss comes out with a nice line of manual focus FE lenses that aren't gigantic.
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I got a call yesterday from my local camera store (Leica dealer) with which I had put down a small ($50) deposit for an M240... back in APRIL of this year... they JUST received the body and it was available for me... because I was "next" on the list.

I passed on it.

Too little.. too late for me... I think the A7 (and I guess the A7r... I just don't have that camera ) is a great digital platform with a sensor that has proven performance (same sensor as D600.. and I will assume D610) and awesome ergonomics for me.

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Today received Hawk's Factory Leica M to Nex Helicoid adapter V3



There are several parts of this improved version,
1,Stroke remains to 5mm,
2, RF lens can be up to 135 mm focal length,
3, Infinity can be adjusted according to the lens,
4, the installation of fixed infinity button,
5, no longer see oil inside of the hole,
6, the contacts completely out of the way,
7, the lens release button narrow than V2.5,

28mm with minimum focus distance of 0.7m was able to focus at 0.2m -------- > ELMARIT 28/2.8 ASPH
35mm with minimum focus distance of 1m was able to focus at 0.28m -------- > SUMMILUX 35/1.4 V1
50mm with minimum focus distance of 1m was able to focus at 0.43m -------- > SUMMILUX 50/1.4 V1,NOCTILUX 50/1 V2,
50mm with minimum focus distance of 0.75m was able to focus at 0.38m ----- > SUMICRON 50/2 V5
75mm with minimum focus distance 1.2m was able to focus at 0.73m ----------- > HEKTOR 73/1.9
90mm with minimum focus distance 1m was able to focus at 0.73m -------------- > SUMMICRON 90/2 V3

Here are some sharing about the adapter , but in chinese
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Michael Reichman has just added an A7R with M lens report to his site - link.

He mentions a purple/magenta cast with lenses wider than 35mm, and how to use the Adobe DNG Flat Field Plug-In tool to overcome it.
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Are there any Leica User Group (LUG) members here?
A member of the LUG posted several B&W images made with a 19mm f/2.8 Elmarit-R and an A7R recently. As one would expect from one of the best 19mm lenses ever made and potentially one of the best digital cameras on the market today, the images were superb. Corner to corner. Naturally, any anomalies in color were absent. Smearing in the corners was NOT present.
Find the LUG archives. Search for Elmarit R in the last 2-3 days.
Granted, not an M/LTM/Rangefinder lens. Stunning none the less. Makes me want to find a Canon 20mm lens from the Dark Ages.

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This should come as no surprise...
The same photographer posted photos taken with the always stunning Summilux 75/1.4 lens mounted on the same A7R. You gussed it. Stunning!

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Compared with M9, X-E1, GXR/M, A7 is good enough for shooting kids with EVF
Yeah, once kids start running around by themselves, manual focus with any system is any iffy proposition.
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Yeah, once kids start running around by themselves, manual focus with any system is any iffy proposition.
Just my two cents, but when I must shoot moving object on manual, I stop the lens down until two focus positions can cover the entire desired range. I then mark the two positions (3 and 10 meters, for example) with tack or a small piece of duct tape. Then, depending on where the object is, I use one of the two positions.

With this technique I can shoot basketball games from the court floor with 35mm and 50mm lenses on manual and get plenty of keepers. I use f2.8 for the 35, f4 for the 50mm
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My first chance to use the A7... These were taken with a 35mm Summicron v3. Please excuse the crazy PP - my wife wanted a 1950's postcard look for our christmas card.


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Keeping score...
35mm/2.0 Summicron on A7: Winner!
Surely my wee UC-Hexanon 35/2.0 can keep up?

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Zeiss 21mm ZM, 12,800 ISO, converted to B&W via Nik SilverEfex and a wee bit of cropping.



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Another W-Komura 35/2.8 (LTM) on a7, f2.8

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Thanks Ray, Mingkookoo

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Some 'classic' 50s on A7

Today I pixel-peeped five 'classic' M-mount lenses on the Sony A7, going from widest aperture down to f4 (not going smaller than f4 on the assumption that M9 is my camera body for anything but low light). I was looking for both color vignetting and corner smearing. I'm taking 'classic' to mean style of rendering, not necessarily age. I'm using A7 instead of A7r because of advice here and on LUF that A7 is better with Leica lnses. They were:

--Pre-aspherical Summilux
--2007 1.5 Sonnar-C
--2.8 Elmar, last issue, with modern coating and fewer aperture blades
--5cm 1.4 Nikkor for Nikon S rangefinders, in Amadeo mount
--Millennium Nikkor-S in Amadeo mount

Pre-asph Lux: Best of the bunch. Luminance (BW) vignetting moves from dark to slight between f1.4 and 4, but there's no color shift in the corners. At f1.4, moderate corner smearing and noticeable chromatic aberration, but the smearing disappears entirely by f4.

Sonnar-C: Unacceptable. Lots of BW vignetting and Blue Channel color shift (hereafter B/CS) at f1.4; these characteristics continue to f4 with the B/CS actually increasing. Smearing and marked CA at f1.5; smearing decreases but doesn't go away at f4.

2.8 Elmar: BW vignetting and B/CS at f2.8; gentler BW vig at f4, but continuing B/CS. Always a bit of corner smear – not as good as the pre-A Lux, though much better than the Sonnar-C.

Vintage Nikkor: Lots of BW vig with no color shift at f1.4; B/CS increases as you stop down. From f1.4 to 4, soft corners, flare, and smearing. Unacceptable on A7 except as an interesting 'special effects' antique-looking lens. (Much nicer on M9!)

Millennium Nikkor: BW vig at f1.4, but no color shift. Slight B/CS appears at f4. Smears in corners at f1.4 and 2, decreasing to very little at 4.

Overall, corner color shift appeared primarily in the Blue channel, according to LR RGB measurements. I was surprised to see very little in the Red channel. Maybe that's a problem with A7r more than A7? .

I'll be using the 2.8 Elmar on A7 more than my peeping might suggest. In low light and high ISO at f2.8, it has enough DOF to use with focus-peaking; and the dark corners almost cover up the B/CS and look almost natural in low-light situations – as if one's eyes are focusing on the center of the image in the relative darkness. It's smaller and lighter; and I'm comfortable carrying it in my pocket, whereas my black-paint pre-A Lux and Millennium Nikkor are too minty for that sort of treatment.

The Sonnar-C's performance was a disappointment to me. I thought that using it with Sony focus peaking would avoid its problem of focus shift and make it a generally usable and not too fancy 50mm lens with nice bokeh.

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The 90mm pre-ASPH Summicron does a wonderful job with the A7..


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Really been enjoying this thread (just looked through it all). Did it get forgotten about?
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Really been enjoying this thread (just looked through it all). Did it get forgotten about?
I'm still waiting for my mount adapter to arrive. Then I'll test some of my lenses on the A7.

To be sure, I pretty much have all the bases I need covered already with Leica R and Nikkor lenses. If the Ultron 28/2, Nokton 40/1.4 or M-Rokkor 40/2, and M-Rokkor 90/4 work well on the A7, that's the basis of a more compact kit for traveling/carrying as the R lenses are bulky. Also, the adapter will let me use my existing Skink pinhole/zone plate kit (M-mount) without having to buy yet another one for E-mount.

Here are a few from the A7 + Leica R lenses:
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Goody ... the M-mount to NEX adapter just arrived.

Now I can start testing my M-mount lenses. I don't hold out much hope for the Color Skopar 21, 28, or 35 mm. Maybe the Ultron 28/2 will work well. I'm hoping the Nokton 40/1.4 or M-Rokkor 40/2 work well, and the M-Rokkor 90/4 ... that would be the basis of a nice compact kit for travel.

Probably no time to do this until the weekend at least ... deadlines are upon me..

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can you people rely on cameras aperture priority, when using these adapted lenses?

are some adapters more clever than others (e.g. chipped like in Canon EF)?
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can you people rely on cameras aperture priority, when using these adapted lenses?

are some adapters more clever than others (e.g. chipped like in Canon EF)?
Most lens adapters for the A7 permit two AE modes: Aperture priority and Manual with Auto ISO. The latter operates like TAv mode on Pentax cameras: you set the aperture and shutter speed you want, it will vary the ISO to match. It's quite useful because they also included EV compensation, just like the Aperture priority AE. (True Manual mode means locking the ISO too.)

I believe there are some adapters for the Canon EF lenses that implement AF and aperture control. Those should allow all AE modes (PAS) and M.

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thanks Godfrey. so non-native lenses are quite useful on this system? was left in a bit opposite impression by reviewer in DPreview.

he recommended using shutter priority, which slows me down quite a bit.

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thanks Godfrey. so non-native lenses are quite useful on this system? was left in a bit opposite impression by reviewer in DPreview.

he recommended using shutter priority, which slows me down quite a bit.
You can use program mode or auto mode with auto-ISO. With a manual lens attached, the system just adjusts what it can: shutter and ISO. "P" has a floor of 1/60 (when possible) and tries to keep ISO down so you frequently find it at the floor shutter speed. Auto uses modes that use higher shutter speed but has its own limitations (no manual override of ISO as one example).

I would try the more automated modes and see if any suit you. You will still have aperture control via your adapted manual lens.

Most adapters are regarded by the software is "no lens attached." All modes are accessible but the camera controls nothing in the lens. There are smart adapters for Canon and Sony Alpha lenses, possibly some others as well. These are considered to be "lens attached."
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thanks Godfrey. so non-native lenses are quite useful on this system? was left in a bit opposite impression by reviewer in DPreview.

he recommended using shutter priority, which slows me down quite a bit.
LOL! Typical DPR stuff.

I have ONLY non-native lenses (Leica R and Nikkor SLR lenses). I have the camera configuration customized specifically to shoot with my beloved Leica R lens kit most of the time. I have no intention of ever buying a single Sony lens. ;-)

Using S mode does nothing for you because the camera has no control of adapted lens apertures. You're essentially setting both aperture and shutter time manually, and letting ISO float with Auto ISO ... same as using Manual mode with AutoISO.

Given Scrambler's remarks, I guess P mode can also work ... but it sounds like it just duplicates what A mode does (vary the aperture and ISO in AutoISO based on a fixed aperture) again because the camera has no control of the aperture.

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A7 can do gloomy lower midtones, too. Top, 40 Summicron; bottom, 28 Konica Hexanon.



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Wow nice results!

A friend of mine lend me his a7 for making it a half case.

And in the process iīve noticed waht a beast of camera.

I think itīs superb for wide angle shooting, donīt need extra viewfinders!

i think iīll get myslf one for only that purpose!!!
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May I be allowed one daft query here? I'm considering getting an a7, for use almost entirely with old manual lenses (LTM, Minolta MC, M42). I'd like to know whether the a7 (not a7R, although I think it won't matter for this) can be put into aperture priority mode (Av) and a dial be customized to control ISO? Or must I go diving in menus to change ISO? I ask this because I've read some whinging about how the camera, when in Av, always chooses 1/60 shutter speed and the auto-ISO then compensates to make proper exposure. I have no interest in auto-ISO. On my only digital camera at the moment, a Pentax K20D, if I use Av mode, I have the front dial controlling ISO (a custom configuration, IIRC) and the rear controlling aperture. When I mount an ancient manual lens (e.g., a Takumar), of course its aperture ring really controls aperture, the rear dial does nothing useful, the front dial still controls ISO, and the camera chooses only the shutter speed. Can I do the same with the a7 and just never bother with auto-ISO?

The a7 instruction manual is only semi-clear about this. I admit that's based on what I could find by Ctrl+F searching; I did not read its 448 pages (crikey!) cover to cover.

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Old 02-18-2014   #119
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May I be allowed one daft query here? I'm considering getting an a7, for use almost entirely with old manual lenses (LTM, Minolta MC, M42). I'd like to know whether the a7 (not a7R, although I think it won't matter for this) can be put into aperture priority mode (Av) and a dial be customized to control ISO? Or must I go diving in menus to change ISO?
Not many RF mount lenses really perform well on the A7 (or A7r) IMO. I've tested so far the Color-Skopar 21, 28, and 35 ... the 35 is just "ok", the others do a lot of color shifting and smearing. The Ultron 28/2 is also a poor performer on the A7 (does well on the Leica M9 however). I haven't tested the Nokton 40, Nokton 50/1.5 LTM, M-Rokkor 90, and Hektor 135 yet ... I have heard the 40 does well, the Nokton 50 does poorly, and the 90 and 135 do well. But, for me, this is really a camera to use my prized Leica R lenses with: it's the "Leicaflex SL Digital" body that Leica will never produce.

Av and Manual modes are the only two that make sense for adapted lenses. You can also use Program mode (which acts identically to Av with manual lenses) and Sv (which acts identically to Manual), with fixed or Auto ISO settings. The A7 (and A7r) by default have ISO as a direct control on the four-way controller rotating dial.

The unchangeable bottom limit of 1/60 second when using Av that everyone gripes about is only when using Auto-ISO, as you said. It's actually useful if you mostly use wide to normal focal length lenses and AutoISO ... it kinda does what I'd do when manipulating ISO manually. But of course, fix the ISO and the exposure system will exposure time around to very long indeed.

BTW, the sensor in the A7 is clean enough that you can easily shoot at any ISO from 100 to 3200-6400 and hardly notice a difference for even reasonably large prints. That's about a 5-6 stop range of freely usable adjustment; don't think of it as you would a film camera. AND the A7 has an excellent Manual exposure implementation. Turn on Manual, set AutoISO, and then set your desired shutter time and aperture. ISO will slide from 100 to your settable cap limit ... it can enable some kinds of shooting which is very nice indeed.

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...On my only digital camera at the moment, a Pentax K20D, if I use Av mode, I have the front dial controlling ISO (a custom configuration, IIRC) and the rear controlling aperture. When I mount an ancient manual lens (e.g., a Takumar), of course its aperture ring really controls aperture, the rear dial does nothing useful, the front dial still controls ISO, and the camera chooses only the shutter speed. Can I do the same with the a7 and just never bother with auto-ISO?
Not quite ... the A7 doesn't have quite that level of flexibility in its customization.

I use manual SLR lenses (Leica R and Nikkor lenses) exclusively. I have my A7 set up with the focus magnification on the AF/MF button, exposure compensation on the front dial, focus peaking on the down arrow, and ISO on the default four-way controller ring. It's fast and fluid in operation. When I switch to Manual mode, I can only control shutter time with the dials (the EV compensation remap doesn't work for manual mode) and use the EV dial on the top-right corner when using AutoISO.

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The a7 instruction manual is only semi-clear about this. I admit that's based on what I could find by Ctrl+F searching; I did not read its 448 pages (crikey!) cover to cover.
Sony's A7/A7r documentation is crappy and the menus are mess. At least you found the big book ... use it in a PDF reader by searching, eventually you find what you wanted to. The camera itself is a bit clunky and awkward, but it has just enough customizability that I could get it set up nicely for my use. Now I'm pretty happy with it. The viewfinder and the sensor are very very good, and it turns out to be an excellent match to my primary lenses, so I'm very pleased.

Another aside: the Think Tank Photo "Mirrorless Mover 30i" bag is an excellent fit for the A7 and three Leica R lenses (50/1.4, 24/2.8, 90/2 are what I usually have in it). It's very trim for its capacity and has good pockets, etc. I can swap out one or the other of the lenses for the 135 as well; the 180/2.8 is a bit on the fat side but I think I can squeeze it in too.

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Old 02-19-2014   #120
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Thanks, Godfrey, for all your detailed insight on my Av (&c.) questions. It's great to hear your views, as you have clearly used the camera a lot in this way, instead of so much repeated Internet "wisdom" that's out there. It sounds like this machine would do well for the use I'm accustomed to, which is mostly aperture priority. I'd likely buy it without even one FE lens, spending my funds instead on a bunch of adapters for legacy glass. It's sad to hear that some RF lenses don't do well, but I've got a fairly good range of focal lengths between my M42 and MC Rokkor sets, so I'd not be left blind even if the LTM ones were useless.

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