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Why shall we use lens adapter


SONY A7M3, Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8L II USM F8, 1/200s, ISO250

There are thousands of introductions and reviews about lens adapter, to show you how to choose between the original lenses, electronic adapters and mechanical adapters. We receive tips like do not use adapters on super wide angle lenses, report like which brand of adapter is better than which.

SONY A7M3, Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8L II USM F8, 1/250s, ISO100

But there is one thing that barely mentioned from any articles.: Lens adapter is a part of the photographic technology.

SONY A7M3, Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8L II USM F8, 1/100s, ISO100

If you are a professional photographer who makes a living on photo shooting, then original lenses are the most efficient choice with best performance.


If you do not have different brands of camera body and lenses, there are already enough options in the original lenses.


But if photography is your hobby, you have purchased different cameras and lenses when the camera industry has moved on from slr to dslr, and dslr to mirrorless, and you are facing a choice that either to sell the old gears at a big discount or using an adapter, my advice will be: to try the adapter first. You can start with the cheap manual ones if you do not want to spend too much money. This not about making right or wrong decisions. It’s about to enjoy the fun of discovery.

SONY A7M3, Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8L II USM F8, 1/200s, ISO200

There are 2 different areas of photography, one is the artistic field, about composition, light and shadow, theme, tone. The other is the scientific field, to understand the structure and material of photographic gears, the technology of stability, bokeh and focus. In fact, studying the second field brings us as much fun as the first one.

SONY A7M3, Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8L II USM F8, 1/400s, ISO100

Your might find in the end that the adapter does not fit your needs. But the experience you have when using and researching it gives you practical understanding. You will know about the actual performance of peaking focus, how does the lens works with adapter in different apertures, how does the adapter suits your zoom lens, macro lens, telephoto lens. These knowledge will remain theory if you do not actually try them with an adapter.

SONY A7M3, Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8L II USM F6.3, 1/640s, ISO100

There is a saying that cameras are toys for adults. So my suggestion is: Enjoy it. Discover more and deep. The fun of photography is not only in its creativity and recordability, but also in the spirit of exploration for the unknown.

SONY A7M3, Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8L II USMF2.8, 1/1000s, ISO100





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