November 2nd, 2014
PFRE reader Jukka Töyli in Tampere, Finland is an avid Sony enthusiast. Recently Jukka sent me some tips that he’d like to pass along for other real estate shooters interested in the new mirrorless cameras (Sony A7,A7R and A7s or MFT).
I just found out that old vintage lenses can be really good and affordable. Old Nikon AI-S and Canon FD lenses are really great and are dirt cheap. I’m still building up my Sony A7s set, but so far, I have been surprised by the image quality. I paid about the same for price for my 17mm, 20mm, 24mm, 28mm, 35mm and 50mm prime lenses about same price that I had to pay for my Canon 16-35/2.8 and all my lenses (except 17) are 2.8 or better. It’s really easy to find adapters, there are also nice Asahi Pentax, Minolta, Zeiss lenses available. See: keh.com.Yep, I have to focus manually, but it’s not that hard. Some of these lenses look even better than new lenses. They are tack sharp in the middle, and corners are also not problem. So, brand new is not always the only answer. Used gear can sometimes be as good as new gear. Especially if you are on a tight budget.So far I’ve used a chinese adapter that costs 20 euros (Fotodiox and Metabones). Last one cost more but feels really high quality product. But to be honest, most of my adapters are chinese and I’ve had no problems. I’ve also found this adapter on Ebay that works as good as the metabones.I just got my Sony A7s, so I’m still learning, but I’ve found out my number one lens Nikkor 20/2,8 AI-S is nearly same as new one so I can use the same Lightroom profile to correct and believe me, it does perfect quality. So far, I’m really pleased with the A7s dynamic range and image quality. RAW files are only 12 Mb and I don’t need bigger one, it’s enough. Much faster editing and pictures need less space in hard drive.Love my job, again…:0)