Premier quality lens adapter manufacturer Rayqual have today released the first version of their range of lens mount adapters for Sony E-mount cameras, such as the Sony NEX3 and NEX5. The adapter for Leica M mount rangefinder lenses is available as of today, with other manual focus mount versions (Nikon F, Canon FD and Contax/Yashica) and adapters for autofocus lenses (Nikon FG, Pentax DA) including an aperture control ring following in due course (please see the product pages for produc trelease schedule).
The new Sony E-Mount is an exciting addition to the growing variety of small mirrorless SLR cameras allowing flexible use of contemporary and classic lenses. While there are a wide variety of adapters on the market, Rayqual adapters are MADE IN JAPAN to the highest quality standards allowing photographers and cinematographers to reliably and precisely mount alternative lenses on their cameras.
A customer in the video/motion picture industry who tried their luck with the cheaper alternatives comments: “We already have adaptors for all our Nikon lenses and they work, it’s just that the tolerances are no good resulting in the lenses rotating which is a problem when trying use a follow focus shooting video.” The issues were resolved after switching to the equivalent Rayqual products.
You can find the Rayqual Sony E-Mount lens adapters and other Rayqual products in our web shop.
Sony Alpha, by Dirk Rösler.
Anyway, can’t get overly excited about it. Looks a lot better than Sony’s previous “big cameras”.
Broken toys of small and big boys
My matey Gary is a pretty sharp guy and always knows when there’s a bargain available. He sees things long term and seeks value for money. So I was quite surprised when he told me that his Sony digital camera broke after three years and he bought the follow-on model, an exact lookalike, but with updated innards.
Personally I find three years not a very long time. My Canon G2 is also starting to get a little funny after three years (original cost 75.000 yen). Me, I would have reservations buying the same manufacturer again after only three years. Then Gary says:
you’re right about the memory stick lock-in. Not sure about ‘only’ 3 years. I think that most consumer electronics are built for a shorter span than that. I was pretty happy to get 3 years use out of it, really…
Another surprise: low expectations! Then it dawned on me: digital cameras are no longer cameras, they are consumer electronics. Wow. So a whole generation of snappers, who probably never experienced a traditional, and usually well-built, camera may feel completely different about their digital kit.
No, this is not going to be another Red L reference; just think about other, relatively contemporary cameras. I bought my Canon EOS 5 in 1996 for around 400 pounds – used. It still works the same today. And isn’t it ironic that in the much praised age of “no moving parts” such a device breaks down even faster?
Puzzled I am!