Sony LA-EA1 Alpha NEX Camera Mount Adapter

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The Sony Alpha LA-EA1 Camera Mount Adapter lets you mount an Alpha A- mount lens to your E-mount camera body. Built into this adapter is an Auto Exposure function and an aperture mechanism. This adapter comes with a detachable tripod mount.
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Product Title Sony LA-EA1 Alpha NEX Camera Mount Adapter
Manufacturer Sony
Lowest Price $408.00 from Amazon.com Marketplace
Power Score 3.4 | 18 Reviews
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Light on features for a $200 adaptor
3 Star Review   By Meangrain on Sony - Official Store - Mar 12, 2013   

First off, I would only recommend this for a photographer... if you are a videographer, get the LA-EA2 (yes, it's worth it#. My pet peeve with this adaptor is how slow it is to adjust the aperture and how noisy it is. Every time you adjust the aperture #up or down# it opens all the way and then closes to the appropriate setting after making a click-click sound. Have to adjust it again? CLICK-CLICK. Did the sun just come out from behind a cloud and you want to close the aperture by three steps? CLICK-CLICK, CLICK-CLICK, CLICK-CLICK and it takes a second also. My next pet peeve is that AF does not work in video mode. This is simply a software issue that limits it. Sony did this so more people would buy the outrageously over-priced LA-EA2. If you don't have SAM/SSM lenses or a desire for AF, then I would recommend a $25 manual adaptor #with apeture ring) instead of this overpriced fluff. Only if you are 100% photo/0% video shooter who has SAM/SSM lenses would I recommend this adaptor.

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Light on features for a $200 adaptor
3 Star Review   By Meangrain on Adorama - Mar 12, 2013   

First off, I would only recommend this for a photographer... if you are a videographer, get the LA-EA2 (yes, it's worth it#. My pet peeve with this adaptor is how slow it is to adjust the aperture and how noisy it is. Every time you adjust the aperture #up or down# it opens all the way and then closes to the appropriate setting after making a click-click sound. Have to adjust it again? CLICK-CLICK. Did the sun just come out from behind a cloud and you want to close the aperture by three steps? CLICK-CLICK, CLICK-CLICK, CLICK-CLICK and it takes a second also. My next pet peeve is that AF does not work in video mode. This is simply a software issue that limits it. Sony did this so more people would buy the outrageously over-priced LA-EA2. If you don't have SAM/SSM lenses or a desire for AF, then I would recommend a $25 manual adaptor #with apeture ring) instead of this overpriced fluff. Only if you are 100% photo/0% video shooter who has SAM/SSM lenses would I recommend this adaptor.

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Learned about NEX focus with this...
4 Star Review   By Beachrider on Sony - Official Store - Feb 27, 2012   

I wanted to work with mirrorless imaging while preserving my options to add SLT later. If I had bought E-mount lenses, I would have been 'stuck' with mirrorless focusing. I found that mirrorless is good unless it is an action video/photo OR you doing video-zooming. I did eventually get the LA-EA2, but still like the EA1 when there is very little 'action' or zooming. I did have to forsake the in-lens-stabilization in SOME of the E-mount lenses, though.

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Excellent for video
4 Star Review   By palmerop on Adorama - Sep 28, 2011   

I use this mount adapter quite often with my Alpha lenses for video. I really like the fact that it does not allow for autofocus while shooting video as I don't want to use autofocus while shooting video. I focus like I would do for shooting stills then s

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Handy Extra to Own
3 Star Review   By Skydiverr Imaging on Adorama - Sep 6, 2011   

I found that being able to use my existing A-Mount lenses was a desireable feature when purchasing a Sony NEX-VG10. Yes, this adapter will couple any A-Mount lens to an E-Mount camera, but it doesn't provide full functionality (specifically auto focus). S

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Worked OK
4 Star Review   By frenchToast on Adorama - Sep 6, 2011   

Wanted this to attach my sigma zoom lens and it worked great. Specially like the added tripod mount.

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A must for versatility.
4 Star Review   By YurVanGor on Sony - Official Store - Mar 15, 2011   

I keep reading about people experiencing no autofocus capability. Update your NEX firmware to version 3. Update your adapter to version 2 and it will work with: SAM Lenses * DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM (SAL1855) * DT 28-75mm F2.8 SAM (SAL2875) * DT 55-200mm F4-5.6 SAM (SAL55200-2) * DT 30mm F2.8 Macro SAM (SAL30M28) * DT 35mm F1.8 SAM (SAL35F18) * DT 50mm F1.8 SAM (SAL50F18) * 85mm F2.8 SAM (SAL85F28) SSM Lenses * Vario-Sonnar T* 16-35mm F2.8 ZA SSM (SAL1635Z) * Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm F2.8 ZA SSM (SAL2470Z) * Distagon T* 24mm F2 ZA SSM (SAL24F20G) * 70-200mm F2.8 G (SAL70200G) * 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G SSM (SAL70300G) * 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM (SAL70400G) * 300mm F2.8 G (SAL300F28G) Also, yes it's slow compared to the kit lens, may take up to 5 seconds, never 10 seconds, but you will be using it with lenses that do not have image stabilization nor do you have the continuous auto-focus option. So you're not probably shooting fast moving object, thus it's not exactly a major con. P.S. not sure why the IQ drops so significantly when the uploaded image gets resized by the Sony website.

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A must for versatility.
4 Star Review   By YurVanGor on Adorama - Mar 15, 2011   

I keep reading about people experiencing no autofocus capability. Update your NEX firmware to version 3. Update your adapter to version 2 and it will work with: SAM Lenses * DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM (SAL1855) * DT 28-75mm F2.8 SAM (SAL2875) * DT 55-200mm F4-5.6 SAM (SAL55200-2) * DT 30mm F2.8 Macro SAM (SAL30M28) * DT 35mm F1.8 SAM (SAL35F18) * DT 50mm F1.8 SAM (SAL50F18) * 85mm F2.8 SAM (SAL85F28) SSM Lenses * Vario-Sonnar T* 16-35mm F2.8 ZA SSM (SAL1635Z) * Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm F2.8 ZA SSM (SAL2470Z) * Distagon T* 24mm F2 ZA SSM (SAL24F20G) * 70-200mm F2.8 G (SAL70200G) * 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G SSM (SAL70300G) * 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM (SAL70400G) * 300mm F2.8 G (SAL300F28G) Also, yes it's slow compared to the kit lens, may take up to 5 seconds, never 10 seconds, but you will be using it with lenses that do not have image stabilization nor do you have the continuous auto-focus option. So you're not probably shooting fast moving object, thus it's not exactly a major con. P.S. not sure why the IQ drops so significantly when the uploaded image gets resized by the Sony website.

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NEX Lens Adapter
4 Star Review   By GWG1 on Sony - Official Store - Mar 5, 2011   

You need to update the software for the camera. update via USB through sony support.

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AF now works!
5 Star Review   By Alexio on Sony - Official Store - Jan 11, 2011   

I bought it used. Tried it on my NEX-3 and "Surprise!". AF works like a charm on my 10-20mm F3.5 EX DC HSM Sigma wide angle zoom. Still too expensive IMHO. That is a definite bonus as I was prepared to use it for manual focus...

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The Sony Alpha LA-EA1 Camera Mount Adapter lets you mount an Alpha A- mount lens to your E-mount camera body. Built into this adapter is an Auto Exposure function and an aperture mechanism. This adapter comes with a detachable tripod mount.
Summary
Product Title Sony LA-EA1 Alpha NEX Camera Mount Adapter
Manufacturer Sony
Lowest Price $408.00 from Amazon.com Marketplace
Power Score 3.4 | 18 Reviews
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Light on features for a $200 adaptor
3 Star Review   By Meangrain on Sony - Official Store - Mar 12, 2013   

First off, I would only recommend this for a photographer... if you are a videographer, get the LA-EA2 (yes, it's worth it#. My pet peeve with this adaptor is how slow it is to adjust the aperture and how noisy it is. Every time you adjust the aperture #up or down# it opens all the way and then closes to the appropriate setting after making a click-click sound. Have to adjust it again? CLICK-CLICK. Did the sun just come out from behind a cloud and you want to close the aperture by three steps? CLICK-CLICK, CLICK-CLICK, CLICK-CLICK and it takes a second also. My next pet peeve is that AF does not work in video mode. This is simply a software issue that limits it. Sony did this so more people would buy the outrageously over-priced LA-EA2. If you don't have SAM/SSM lenses or a desire for AF, then I would recommend a $25 manual adaptor #with apeture ring) instead of this overpriced fluff. Only if you are 100% photo/0% video shooter who has SAM/SSM lenses would I recommend this adaptor.

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Light on features for a $200 adaptor
3 Star Review   By Meangrain on Adorama - Mar 12, 2013   

First off, I would only recommend this for a photographer... if you are a videographer, get the LA-EA2 (yes, it's worth it#. My pet peeve with this adaptor is how slow it is to adjust the aperture and how noisy it is. Every time you adjust the aperture #up or down# it opens all the way and then closes to the appropriate setting after making a click-click sound. Have to adjust it again? CLICK-CLICK. Did the sun just come out from behind a cloud and you want to close the aperture by three steps? CLICK-CLICK, CLICK-CLICK, CLICK-CLICK and it takes a second also. My next pet peeve is that AF does not work in video mode. This is simply a software issue that limits it. Sony did this so more people would buy the outrageously over-priced LA-EA2. If you don't have SAM/SSM lenses or a desire for AF, then I would recommend a $25 manual adaptor #with apeture ring) instead of this overpriced fluff. Only if you are 100% photo/0% video shooter who has SAM/SSM lenses would I recommend this adaptor.

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Learned about NEX focus with this...
4 Star Review   By Beachrider on Sony - Official Store - Feb 27, 2012   

I wanted to work with mirrorless imaging while preserving my options to add SLT later. If I had bought E-mount lenses, I would have been 'stuck' with mirrorless focusing. I found that mirrorless is good unless it is an action video/photo OR you doing video-zooming. I did eventually get the LA-EA2, but still like the EA1 when there is very little 'action' or zooming. I did have to forsake the in-lens-stabilization in SOME of the E-mount lenses, though.

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Excellent for video
4 Star Review   By palmerop on Adorama - Sep 28, 2011   

I use this mount adapter quite often with my Alpha lenses for video. I really like the fact that it does not allow for autofocus while shooting video as I don't want to use autofocus while shooting video. I focus like I would do for shooting stills then s

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Handy Extra to Own
3 Star Review   By Skydiverr Imaging on Adorama - Sep 6, 2011   

I found that being able to use my existing A-Mount lenses was a desireable feature when purchasing a Sony NEX-VG10. Yes, this adapter will couple any A-Mount lens to an E-Mount camera, but it doesn't provide full functionality (specifically auto focus). S

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Worked OK
4 Star Review   By frenchToast on Adorama - Sep 6, 2011   

Wanted this to attach my sigma zoom lens and it worked great. Specially like the added tripod mount.

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A must for versatility.
4 Star Review   By YurVanGor on Sony - Official Store - Mar 15, 2011   

I keep reading about people experiencing no autofocus capability. Update your NEX firmware to version 3. Update your adapter to version 2 and it will work with: SAM Lenses * DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM (SAL1855) * DT 28-75mm F2.8 SAM (SAL2875) * DT 55-200mm F4-5.6 SAM (SAL55200-2) * DT 30mm F2.8 Macro SAM (SAL30M28) * DT 35mm F1.8 SAM (SAL35F18) * DT 50mm F1.8 SAM (SAL50F18) * 85mm F2.8 SAM (SAL85F28) SSM Lenses * Vario-Sonnar T* 16-35mm F2.8 ZA SSM (SAL1635Z) * Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm F2.8 ZA SSM (SAL2470Z) * Distagon T* 24mm F2 ZA SSM (SAL24F20G) * 70-200mm F2.8 G (SAL70200G) * 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G SSM (SAL70300G) * 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM (SAL70400G) * 300mm F2.8 G (SAL300F28G) Also, yes it's slow compared to the kit lens, may take up to 5 seconds, never 10 seconds, but you will be using it with lenses that do not have image stabilization nor do you have the continuous auto-focus option. So you're not probably shooting fast moving object, thus it's not exactly a major con. P.S. not sure why the IQ drops so significantly when the uploaded image gets resized by the Sony website.

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A must for versatility.
4 Star Review   By YurVanGor on Adorama - Mar 15, 2011   

I keep reading about people experiencing no autofocus capability. Update your NEX firmware to version 3. Update your adapter to version 2 and it will work with: SAM Lenses * DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM (SAL1855) * DT 28-75mm F2.8 SAM (SAL2875) * DT 55-200mm F4-5.6 SAM (SAL55200-2) * DT 30mm F2.8 Macro SAM (SAL30M28) * DT 35mm F1.8 SAM (SAL35F18) * DT 50mm F1.8 SAM (SAL50F18) * 85mm F2.8 SAM (SAL85F28) SSM Lenses * Vario-Sonnar T* 16-35mm F2.8 ZA SSM (SAL1635Z) * Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm F2.8 ZA SSM (SAL2470Z) * Distagon T* 24mm F2 ZA SSM (SAL24F20G) * 70-200mm F2.8 G (SAL70200G) * 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G SSM (SAL70300G) * 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM (SAL70400G) * 300mm F2.8 G (SAL300F28G) Also, yes it's slow compared to the kit lens, may take up to 5 seconds, never 10 seconds, but you will be using it with lenses that do not have image stabilization nor do you have the continuous auto-focus option. So you're not probably shooting fast moving object, thus it's not exactly a major con. P.S. not sure why the IQ drops so significantly when the uploaded image gets resized by the Sony website.

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NEX Lens Adapter
4 Star Review   By GWG1 on Sony - Official Store - Mar 5, 2011   

You need to update the software for the camera. update via USB through sony support.

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AF now works!
5 Star Review   By Alexio on Sony - Official Store - Jan 11, 2011   

I bought it used. Tried it on my NEX-3 and "Surprise!". AF works like a charm on my 10-20mm F3.5 EX DC HSM Sigma wide angle zoom. Still too expensive IMHO. That is a definite bonus as I was prepared to use it for manual focus...

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Autofocus works... Very slowly.
4 Star Review   By Royce on Sony - Official Store - Nov 30, 2010   

Tried this adapter with a few SAM Alpha-mount lenses. It's like they said- autofocus DOES WORK - but for some reason, beyond me, it takes something like 5-10 seconds. I don't own any Alpha lenses, so I bought a third-party adapter to use my old Minolta MD lenses. I can focus the picture myself faster than this adapter will autofocus on an Alpha lenses. If you already own hundreds of dollars worth of Sony lenses, go for it- this adapter is a no-brainer! If your eyes are bad, or if (like me) you like to take pics when you're too drunk to see straight...ahem... even painfully slow autofocus is worth it. But, if you are like me, I would wait for the NEX e-mount lenses come out in the next few years (and hope they're not crazy-expensive!), and get an adapter for some dirt cheap, good old manual focus lenses for now!

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Autofocus works... Very slowly.
4 Star Review   By Royce on Adorama - Nov 30, 2010   

Tried this adapter with a few SAM Alpha-mount lenses. It's like they said- autofocus DOES WORK - but for some reason, beyond me, it takes something like 5-10 seconds. I don't own any Alpha lenses, so I bought a third-party adapter to use my old Minolta MD

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LA-EA1
1 Star Review   By Sinvidapadre on Sony - Official Store - Nov 4, 2010   

This product should not be even on the market. As much sony invested into their NEX5 they should invest a little more money (for the same $200) to supply this adapter with autofocus! negligence? laziness? Ignorance?

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New autofocus works well.
5 Star Review   By BGRe on Sony - Official Store - Nov 2, 2010   

Both the AF and Aperture controls work well and quickly, and the A-Mount SAM lenses are cheaper (and more plentiful). However, the A-Mount SAM lenses don't feature image stabilization (since it's included inside the bodies of regular Alpha SLRs) and the are much louder (really only important if you plan on shooting movies). Will work with all A-mount lenses, even the old Minoltas, but the AF will not function. These shortcomings are NOT the fault with the adapter. Do yourself a favor and invest this adapter and start growing your SAM lens collection...

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Great Product -people who rated this low READ THIS
5 Star Review   By Kino on Sony - Official Store - Sep 25, 2010   

While I was fairly disappointed in the manual focus only limitation. I was glad to finally be able to implement my sony alpha lenses for my NEX. The great news is that at the 2010 Photokina, Sony announced auto focus compatibility for alpha lenses attached to this adapter.

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Wheres the autofocus?
3 Star Review   By GregK on Sony - Official Store - Aug 22, 2010   

This adapter is not much better than an all mechanical adapter with an aperture ring built in to the adapter - which you can get to mount other brand lenses on the NEX for much less money. Theres barely any advantage to adapting Sony A-mount lenses over any other brand for which you can get 3rd party adapters. I will say that manual focusing on the NEX is really very easy, even in bright sunlight with the LCD screen. I would love to give this adapter 5 stars, but the lack of autofocus is a major oversight.

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does not support autofocus
1 Star Review   By EarlyAdaptor on Sony - Official Store - Aug 11, 2010   

I just got this today and nowhere on the product website description does it make note that this will not support autofocus. Added to the outside of the box it has a sticker added that it is "For MF (Manual Focus) mode". Inside in the instructions it says AF is not available with the adapter. It also says in the instructions (for the first time - anywhere) that it does not support teleconverters. I mistakenly presumed that when coupled with one of Sony's "compatible" lenses that they would work harmoniously. Not until I recieve the product did I find these material limitations. Mechanically the adpter looks fine - but my expectations were set much higher from the product description and the word "compatible".

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does not support autofocus
1 Star Review   By EarlyAdaptor on Adorama - Aug 11, 2010   

I just got this today and nowhere on the product website description does it make note that this will not support autofocus. Added to the outside of the box it has a sticker added that it is "For MF (Manual Focus) mode". Inside in the instructions it says AF is not available with the adapter. It also says in the instructions (for the first time - anywhere) that it does not support teleconverters. I mistakenly presumed that when coupled with one of Sony's "compatible" lenses that they would work harmoniously. Not until I recieve the product did I find these material limitations. Mechanically the adpter looks fine - but my expectations were set much higher from the product description and the word "compatible".

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