Rated 5 out of 5
by chijrt Extends my NEX-5N Versatility!
I originally had the LA-EA1 and discovered it's limitations quickly. Returned that and waited for the LA-EA2 and WOW, what a difference. I currently have the Sony Alpha 50mm 1.4, Minolta Maxxum 135mm 2.8 and the Minolta Maxxum 85mm 1.4G lens and they all work with great precision and speed.
If you do not care much for the current E-Mount lens lineup, then get the LA-EA2 and you will be able to use any AF Sony/Minolta lens that is compatible with the Sony A55.
Even though the price is steep, after using it, I would say it's worth every penny.
BTW - no idea why the review prior to this one receive 1 star. Because something "is in question"? Seriously? Please share your reviews only if you have used the product.
December 8, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5
by winfinit worth every penny
this product just took my NEX5 to another level, I've purchased it with 50mm lens, and I cannot stop taking pictures of absolutely everything around my house. I thought i would be happy with this purchase, but felt kind of bad of spending more money on this adapter and a lens than a camera itself, but hey, as I said, it is definitely amazing purchase.
December 29, 2011
Rated 3 out of 5
by DownLaw No image stabilization, why?
This thing is great for people the want or have to use the vast number of a mount lenses available.
The problem starts with that lack of image stabilization on Sony lenses. This means you can't use the say 55-300 lens in low light without a tripod. This means no walking around exploring with it and take shots of opportunity. If you really want image stabilization you will have to buy third party a mount lens with it built into the lens. Sony, why did you leave image stabilization out? I am hoping this is something they are planning to fix with a firmware update.
The auto focus is a bit noisy, but I don't do much video so it isn't a big problem for me.
Sony, please add image stabilization.
May 28, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Kaito Great but expensive
I would only truly recommend this to those who have already invested in an NEX camera and possibly the original LA-EA1 adapter plus any A-mount lenses.
For those who are considering purchasing this and an NEX camera off the bat, I would suggest that you look into a native A-mount camera instead.
$400 for the LA-EA2 and $600 for an NEX-5n body, you're already pushing over a grand and you don't even have a lens yet.
Now for my review:
So far, I've had nothing but praise for this adapter. I have a few A-mount primes that I enjoyed using as manual only, but now with the fast auto-focus, my NEX-5 feels like a whole new camera. Physically, it's not very heavy and not too large. As a bonus, this adapter adds something new to grip while holding the camera. Those who think the NEX is too small will enjoy this bonus very much.
Remember that the LA-EA1 had auto-focus, but it was extremely slow. The LA-EA2 blows that adapter out of the water in terms of performance.
Another added benefit is the new selection of lenses available to your NEX system. Sony is slowly releasing new E-mount lenses, but they may not please everyone.
Auto-focus also performs well in video mode. It's fast and the green boxes will flash to indicate focus. I don't believe there are any stabilized A-mount, so take this into consideration.
December 20, 2011
Rated 3 out of 5 by geshel Didn't work
I bought a new copy along with two lenses (SAL 24F20Z, Sigma 150-500). With both, the electrical contacts were intermittent at best. With the Zeiss, a slight twist of the lens relative to the adapter would fix/break the connection. With the Sigma, it almost never worked. So, the contacts were not aligned properly and/or there was too much play in the mount. It was this way right out of the box.
So I've just immediately returned it for another copy, we'll see how that one does. When this thing worked, it was great, and I'm really looking forward to using a good copy.
March 15, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Beachrider Fast focus for action and video-zooming
I had owned LA-EA1 for the mirrorless experience without committing to E-mount lens purchases. I found mirrorless-focus to be inadequate for action-shots or video-zooming. This works really well for both.
The focus motor is very noticeable in video-sound on my NEX 5g, though. SSM and USM lenses were quiet with LA-EA2, for me.
February 27, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Canvas AF in video : great
Great piece for vg10. Been using this for a month now. Gives extra ordinary AF from all lenses. But on video mode, only f3.5 onwards. For f1.4 prime lenses video, MF is only option. With an additional investment on a shot gun mike, the picture is complete and perfect.
February 18, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by fourleaf NEXvg20
Got this for my NEXvg20, got a few A-mounts to compliment my E-mounts, i use fast lenses with noisy motors for fast paced video shots where audio is not an issue, then silent motor for close ups. A good buy for someone who uses a lot of lenses for different shots.
Make sure you get a Zeiss prime, with SILENT motor AF!
August 16, 2012