Mini-Review: Fotodiox Pro Canon EF to Sony E-Mount Smart AF Lens Adapter

After making the jump earlier this year from Canon EF to the Sony Alpha full-frame mirrorless system, I found myself (along with many others in the same position) immediately in the market for a suitable adapter to accommodate existing Canon glass.

Having a good deal of experience using the $400 Metabones III and IV adapter systems, I decided to do a little research and set out to price a few alternatives. Within a few keystrokes I had located the Fotodiox EF-Sny(E) Fusion Smart AF Lens Mount Adapter which, in light of its considerably less expensive $99 price tag, quickly piqued my interest as to whether it could be the right tool for the job.

Is it Worth the Investment?

While we usually get what we pay for in terms of quality when seeking budget-friendly gear, Fotodiox Pro is a company that clearly ‘gets it’ and has for some time when it comes to what photographers need. Like many trying to make their way into the pro market, I’ve relied heavily on many budget-conscious investments over the years and Fotodiox has never let me down.

The EF to Sony E-mount smart adapter is no exception, and to my pleasure has indeed surpassed all expectations. While by no means an exhaustive technical review, here are a few points I would share with others who may be curious and on the edge of the proverbial leap.

  • Build quality is completely on par with a durable, fully-metal construction at all points including an easy-to-use tripod lens mount attached and operated via a conveniently oversized thumb-screw (no tools required).
  • When tested with the Sigma 24-70 f/2.8 and Canon 75-300 f/5.6, all automated pass-thru features continue to perform flawlessly (albeit a fraction slower perhaps in low-light scenarios) in terms of aperture, shutter, metering and auto-focus functionality.
  • Aperture and shutter controls function perfectly when used with the Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 manual-focus glass as well, allowing even better performance when utilized with Sony’s focus-peaking technology to aid in dialing-in precise focus when working in narrow depths-of-field.

For those in search of an excellent adapter at an even better price, the Fotodiox EF-Sny(E) adapter provides a bright image edge-to-edge with no vignetting when used with full frame lenses in my experience, and one I would strongly recommend to anyone in the market. In terms of quality and cost, at $99 its an absolute no-brainer and worth every penny.

Additional Thoughts

In addition to the Canon adapter, I’ve been having equally successful experiences with Fotodiox Olympus (OM-NEX), Leica M (LM-NEX) and Nikkor (Nik-NEX) manual-focus solutions as well. Also budget-friendly and highly recommended adapters for those seeking to bring new life to any old glass that might be laying around.

In most cases, I have to reiterate that in terms of equipment we typically pay for what we get. When it comes to certain pieces of gear, the big investment is sometimes the best – but not always. Naturally, some brands will always retain a loyal following. To each their own personal preference.

In the rapidly-changing world of product innovation, a healthy competition is arriving to bring a much-needed consumer balance. Fortunately, assuming quality and functionality are not compromised, there is simply no longer a need to break the bank in certain cases.

Where to Purchase?

For those on the fence, rest assured and proceed with confidence. You will find the EF-Sny(E) adapter competitively priced and available for purchase directly via the FotodioxPro website, as well as B&H Photo, Adorama and Amazon Prime fulfillment.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you find the information useful. Questions, comments or suggestions? Please leave them in the comments below or feel free to contact via mark@markmorrowphotography.com.


backinthesaddle2016Mark Morrow is a Virginia-based photographer, media producer and writer specializing in a variety of commercial and domestic projects. Click here to view more of Mark’s work.

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