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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · A7RII and Canon lenses AF compatibility


Update: Since Firmware 0.43, PDAF for most Canon EF lenses are now supported for the A7RII + Metabones IV. The most recent firmware 0.46 improved speed and compatibility even further. The list below was posted a while back and it's not longer accurate. Please read the latest replies to this thread.

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Here are the current reports. I will keep this list updated as we confirm more lenses. All tested with the latest Metabones IV (0.41). Other adapters may work differently.

Auto focus well with the A7RII:
  1. Canon EF 8-15 f/1.4L Fisheye
  2. Canon EF 11-24 f/4L
  3. Canon EF 16-35 f/2.8L II
  4. Canon EF 16-35 f/4L IS
  5. Canon EF 17-40 f/4L
  6. Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
  7. Canon EF 24-70 f/4L IS
  8. Canon EF 24-105 f/4L IS
  9. Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II
  10. Canon EF 70-200 f/4L IS

  11. Canon EF 14 f/2.8L II
  12. Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye
  13. Canon EF 35 f/1.4L
  14. Canon EF 40 f/2.8 STM
  15. Canon EF 50 f/1.2L
  16. Canon EF 85 f/1.2L
  17. Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS
  18. Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS II
  19. Canon EF 400 f/4 DO IS II
  20. Canon EF 500mm f/4 L IS II
  21. Canon EF 600mm f/4 L IS II

  22. Sigma 35 f/1.4 ART
  23. Sigma 50 f/1.4 ART
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Does NOT AF well or at all:
  1. Canon EF 50 f/1.4
  2. Canon EF 50 f/1.8
  3. Canon EF 50 f/2.5 macro
  4. Canon EF 85 1.8
  5. Canon EF 100mm f/2
  6. Canon EF 100 f/2.8 Macro
  7. Canon EF 100 f/2.8L IS Macro
  8. Canon EF 180 f/3.5L Macro
  9. Canon EF 135 f/2L
  10. Canon EF 200 f/2.8L II
  11. Canon EF 300 f/4L
  12. Canon EF 300 f/4L IS
  13. Canon EF 400 f/5.6L
  14. Canon EF 500mm f/4 L IS
  15. Canon EF 600mm f/4 L IS
  16. Canon EF 70-200 f/4L
  17. Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS
  18. Canon EF 100-400L IS
  19. Canon EF 100-400L IS II (Longest range)



Aug 07, 2015 at 06:01 AM
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So, every a-mount lens.

1. AF with LA-EA4 for every lens, but has SLT mirror and its own AF mmodule, from the Sony a65. Three year old body af, clustered af points.

2. AF with LA-EA3 works only for Sony and Minolta SSM and SAM lenses. Uses the a7r af module, no SLT mirror. Unknown compatibility with Tamron USM and Sigma HSM.



Aug 06, 2015 at 12:47 AM
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My Sigma 24-70 A mount is working but I would not call it not good enough. A little slow and inaccurate AF. AFS is not bad but with the LAe4 it works very well but not with the LAe 3


Aug 06, 2015 at 02:11 AM
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Very good to know, Guy. Thanks!


Aug 06, 2015 at 03:32 AM
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According to this review the 400/5.6 works great.


Aug 07, 2015 at 04:32 AM
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brendans wrote:
According to this review the 400/5.6 works great.


That is great news.

I'm still baffled by how some older lenses work and newer ones don't. Were there any changes to Canon's AF system after 2006?



Aug 07, 2015 at 04:39 AM
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Which adapter are these based on? Metabones? I seem to recall reading on SAR that the fotodiox adapter somehow worked better for AF with the a7r2


Aug 07, 2015 at 04:42 AM
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dpap1978 wrote:
Which adapter are these based on? Metabones? I seem to recall reading on SAR that the fotodiox adapter somehow worked better for AF with the a7r2


Metabones IV (0.41) was used for the above.



Aug 07, 2015 at 04:46 AM
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Fred Miranda wrote:
Metabones IV (0.41) was used for the above.


Maybe it has something to do with the adapter?

Metabones can't drive certain lenses with A7/A7R/A7II. I guess the limitation is still around with A7RII.

For example, my 50 F1.0L doesn't work with Metabones. It would power the 50L, so the focus-by-wire can engage, but it would not AF.

OTOH, my TechArt (a premium Chinese adapter) does AF with the 50L, which I believe should work on the A7RII as well.



Aug 07, 2015 at 05:01 AM
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Is Metabones IV the latest version?


Aug 07, 2015 at 05:11 AM
 

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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · A7RII and Canon lenses AF compatibility


If the 24L and 85 1.8 make the top list I will be set



Aug 07, 2015 at 05:28 AM
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Thanks for doing this, Fred. That is a long list of work.



Aug 07, 2015 at 05:51 AM
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Was just told that the Canon EF 85 1.8 hunts to find focus and when it finds, it's inaccurate. Similar to 135 f/2 and 200 f/2.8L II. Someone please confirm this.


Aug 07, 2015 at 05:54 AM
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Stoffer wrote:
Thanks for doing this, Fred. That is a long list of work.


Canon shooters with the trinity set should be happy about this. They are all excellent zooms:

Canon EF 16-35 f/4L IS
Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II



Aug 07, 2015 at 05:56 AM
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I am getting the 11-24L to work better now. Not sure why but maybe the contacts weren't clean on the Metabones. I am using the normal EVF and it is fine, even for close-ups. I also tried the 135 Tele-Elmar and it is extremely sharp with this combo. Yes it isn't a Canon lens but I was surprised.

So the 11-24L works pretty good for me.
The 24-70L II
70-200L II
16-35L 2.8 II fast

Does anyone know if there is any difference between the Metabones IV other than the T being the flocked version?



Aug 07, 2015 at 06:33 AM
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Oh my. I really hope i don't run into trouble with this. I have a MB sitting at home that just passed it's return period while waiting for the a7rII.


Aug 07, 2015 at 06:40 AM
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I can add to this list that:
- Canon 40mm f2.8 pancake - very poor AF.
- Sigma 85mm f1.4 in Canon mount works well with my Metabones III.
- Canon 70-200mm f4L IS works moderately well with my Metabones III. OK outside, hunted inside.



Aug 07, 2015 at 08:04 AM
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Fred, did you notice any difference in performance between the III and IV versions of the MB adapter? (I saw you have v3 on sale)


Aug 07, 2015 at 12:07 PM
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dpap1978 wrote:
Fred, did you notice any difference in performance between the III and IV versions of the MB adapter? (I saw you have v3 on sale)


I bought IV because I thought AF would be faster and they reported better tilt and shift usability.

I never had a problem with my flocked Metabones III with tilt and shift and was surprised that AF speed was pretty much identical between both adapters with the lenses I tested.



Aug 07, 2015 at 02:33 PM
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jamato8 wrote:
I am getting the 11-24L to work better now. Not sure why but maybe the contacts weren't clean on the Metabones. I am using the normal EVF and it is fine, even for close-ups. I also tried the 135 Tele-Elmar and it is extremely sharp with this combo. Yes it isn't a Canon lens but I was surprised.

So the 11-24L works pretty good for me.
The 24-70L II
70-200L II
16-35L 2.8 II fast

Does anyone know if there is any difference between the Metabones IV other than the T being the flocked version?


According to them just flocking and it appears they will discontinue the un-flocked version. Their firmware is also the same.



Aug 07, 2015 at 02:34 PM
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