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Using wide area animal eye AF with Sony 35mm GM @ f1.4 with Z7.

It nailed the focus, but it does look a little soft only because she has cataracts.






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Oct 11, 2022 at 09:04 PM
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Which z body?

Ludvig83 wrote:
Using wide area animal eye AF with Sony 35mm GM @ f1.4




Oct 11, 2022 at 09:05 PM
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Using wide area animal eye AF with Sony 35mm GM @ f1.4 with Z7.







Oct 11, 2022 at 09:13 PM
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1bwana1 wrote:
Think video and Sony's industry leading line of cinema lenses. That combo likely makes the Z9 the best hybrid stills and video camera currently available.

Those kinds of lenses are not on Nikon's current road map, but suddenly are instantly available on the Z platform along with all the third party emount cinema lenses.


As a video producer now working with Z9s, Sonys cinema lenses donít hold much interest for me. The only e-mount lenses that interest me at all are Zeiss Loxiasóprimarily for their size. Iím much more interested in Sigma Cine, Fuji Cabrio Zooms, Tokina Cine, and Leica Cine lenses. All are available in PL mount. Some in EF as well. I just canít think of a Sony cine lens Iíd call industry leading.



Oct 12, 2022 at 02:07 PM
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p.10 #5 · p.10 #5 · Megadap ETZ21 just announced: will it be a game changer?


My experience after a full month of using the Megadap ETZ21:

Camera: Nikon Z9

Lens: Tamron 35-150mm 2.0-2.8 for Sony E mount

Adapter Build:

* Very thin but very sturdy
* Tight and secure fit to lens and body
* Being thin, itís far easier to attach the adapter to the lens first and then attach the pair to the camera body. I leave it attached to the lens Ė it doesnít even feel like thereís an adapter present; it looks and feels like part of the original lens. I generally prefer Z glass unless thereís a lens, such as the Tamron 35-150mm 2.0-2.8, that Nikon simply doesnít offer. Honestly, given the tight fit, Iíd prefer to keep the adapter attached and never remove it from the lens. If I had multiple Sony lenses, I might opt to get an adapter for each of them, but the Tamron is the only Sony E-mount lens I own. Maybe the fit isnít as tight on native Sony lenses as it is on my Tamron 35-150mm 2.0-2.8

Focus: The same as my native Z zoom lenses, of which I own several. I did a lot of testing pushing the lens as far out of focus at all focal lengths.

Sharpness with the Tamron: Truly outstanding. Of course, thereís a reason that Tamron costs nearly two grand and is heavy.

EyeAF speed and accuracy: No different than with my native Z lenses.

IBIS: No issues

Issues: Nothing of any major consequence, but a few to note to be fair and balanced:

* It was a bit difficult to update the firmware; I did update to the latest version. The adapter comes with a USB clip as the adapter is too thin to host a plug-in USB port Ė so one has to be careful and precise to align the contacts just right. It took several tries. Not a big deal as updating the firmware isnít a frequent activity but one has to be cautious as I suspect someone here might have fried their adapter if they didn't align the pins correctly nor follow Megadapís explicit directions on the procedure.

* Since there are two connections (adapter to lens, and then adapter to body), one has to be sure the adapter is contacting both properly. Early on I experienced the camera not recognizing the aperture and AF and the cause was that the adapterís contacts were not properly aligned. One has to make sure the adapter Ďclicksí on both. When it did happen, simply turning the camera off, reattaching, and turning the camera back on remedied the problem. This might be due to the tight fit, but I prefer the fit to be tight and secure. Other than happening once or twice very early on, it has not happened again with heavy use. Maybe also with repeated mounting and dismounting, the adapter pins make better contact; it hasnít reoccurred since.

* Iíve read one reviewer saying their adapter overheated during the firmware update. Iíve not experienced that since I was careful attaching the USB clip and ejecting the USB properly afterward. Iíve had no overheating issue when updating the firmware nor any overheating on the camera, nor have I read any reviews of anyone saying their adapter overheats when attached to the camera. Again, I suspect either a user error or a faulty adapter Ė not widespread.

* The only significant issue is that the buttons on the Tamron lens are not yet functional. This isn't an issue for me as I donít use the lens buttons on my Z lenses either, but I suspect a future firmware update might remedy that. That might be a dealbreaker for this particular combo for some, but the 35-150mm 2.0-2.8 outweighs it for me.

Thereís nothing equivalent to the Tamron 35-150mm 2-2.8 for event work. It has relegated my wonderful Nikkor Z 24-120 F4 to my backup bag most of the time unless I want something a little lighter. Iíve used the Tamron 35-150 with the Megadap ETZ for several events to date, thousands of images Ė changing between the Tamron and native Z lenses without any issues. I have no fear of it failing or damaging my Z9 having beat it up pretty well now under production use.

So, yes, Iíd say the Megadap ETZ21 is a game-changer for those of us wanting to use Sony lenses - especially unique and stellar glass like the Tamron 35-150mm 2.0-2.8. I can only speak to the adapter with the Tamron and Nikon Z9, but all in all, Iím ecstatic.

Mike




Oct 16, 2022 at 05:35 AM
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Kasper6188 wrote:
Sigma 105mm DG DN on Z7II

I really like this adapter so far. (...)


I have that (Macro) lens with my Z7 and Techart TZE-02 adapter. When testing for distortion in Adobe Camera Raw, there is obviously added a wrong profile, exaggerating the mild pincushion distortion to a strong one. I have seen another TZE user with the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG DN Art, who has the exact same issue.

It is obviously an Adobe software issue, since the strong pincushion distortion is not seen when opening the NEF file in ViewNX-i or DxO PhotoLab.

If you use Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop, do you also see a marked pincushion distortion with the Sigma 105mm DG DN Macro and ETZ21?



Oct 16, 2022 at 01:50 PM
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jefonyx wrote:

Some pictures with the Sigma 35 1.2 and Nikon Z6 II. Works like a champ !

Lea :

https://jef-quach.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/Lea_f_001.jpg


https://jef-quach.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/Lea_f_017.jpg


Louana :

https://jef-quach.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/Louana_c_007.jpg


https://jef-quach.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/Louana_c_010.jpg


Mailys:

https://jef-quach.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Mailys_C_006.jpg


https://jef-quach.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Mailys_C_008.jpg


Ines:

https://jef-quach.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Ines_D_015.jpg


Alice:

https://jef-quach.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Alice_V_014.jpg


Alexia:

https://jef-quach.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Alexia_B_004.jpg


https://jef-quach.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Alexia_B_005.jpg


Camille:

https://jef-quach.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Camille_lgn_014.jpg


https://jef-quach.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Camille_lgn_019.jpg


https://jef-quach.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Camille_lgn_021.jpg


Great images! Curious, why use the Z body and not the Sony body since it seems you like the Sony glass?



Oct 18, 2022 at 10:55 AM
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p.10 #8 · p.10 #8 · Megadap ETZ21 just announced: will it be a game changer?


Do you experience vf goes out of focus during zooming when shutter button (w af activation) is half pressed?

This annoys the heck out of me to the point that I would not use the adapter with my zoom lenses (200-600 and 24-105 G)

BlueRidgeHkr wrote:
My experience after a full month of using the Megadap ETZ21:

Camera: Nikon Z9

Lens: Tamron 35-150mm 2.0-2.8 for Sony E mount

Adapter Build:

* Very thin but very sturdy
* Tight and secure fit to lens and body
* Being thin, itís far easier to attach the adapter to the lens first and then attach the pair to the camera body. I leave it attached to the lens Ė it doesnít even feel like thereís an adapter present; it looks and feels like part of the original lens. I generally prefer Z glass unless thereís a lens, such as the Tamron 35-150mm 2.0-2.8, that
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Oct 18, 2022 at 06:04 PM
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lukeiam wrote:
Great images! Curious, why use the Z body and not the Sony body since it seems you like the Sony glass?


Long story short...I am a backscreen handheld shooter, and for that the current Sony equivalent camera range screens are garbage (A7 III and IV). So it's very hard to be accurate with outdoor strobist portrature. When Sony will come with an updated version I will consider it (like A7R IIIa and A7R IVa)




Oct 19, 2022 at 07:19 AM
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jefonyx wrote:
Long story short...I am a backscreen handheld shooter, and for that the current Sony equivalent camera range screens are garbage (A7 III and IV). So it's very hard to be accurate with outdoor strobist portrature. When Sony will come with an updated version I will consider it (like A7R IIIa and A7R IVa)



Interesting. And that makes sense; I've shot both Sonys and the Z and can definitely agree. I've read the FW is much-improved with eye-tracking on the Z; I haven't even updated that yet lol. But I'm eager to try this adapted with some of the Sony glass and you've inspired me. Seems flawless



Oct 19, 2022 at 07:25 AM
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Thang wrote:
Do you experience vf goes out of focus during zooming when shutter button (w af activation) is half pressed?

This annoys the heck out of me to the point that I would not use the adapter with my zoom lenses (200-600 and 24-105 G)




Yeah, changing focal length while af is activated treats it like a blocked shot. Hopefully in a firmware update that can be sorted. I mean the adapter does transmit focal length to exif so the body has to know that you are zooming.



Oct 19, 2022 at 07:27 AM
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Did the latest firmware update on the Z9 affected the Megadap ETZ21?


Oct 26, 2022 at 10:49 PM
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I am experiencing significant battery drain with the new MegaDap - Nikon battery drops to 65% overnight and shows a 2% drain within an hour with a fresh full charge. Is this common or should I return it?



Oct 29, 2022 at 10:14 AM
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p.10 #14 · p.10 #14 · Megadap ETZ21 just announced: will it be a game changer?


Supposedly this was a known issue that was remedied via ETZ21 firmware a while back. Try to update the adapter and see if it changes anything.

Bstrom2414 wrote:
I am experiencing significant battery drain with the new MegaDap - Nikon battery drops to 65% overnight and shows a 2% drain within an hour with a fresh full charge. Is this common or should I return it?




Oct 29, 2022 at 10:47 AM
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Bstrom2414 wrote:
I am experiencing significant battery drain with the new MegaDap - Nikon battery drops to 65% overnight and shows a 2% drain within an hour with a fresh full charge. Is this common or should I return it?


What camera are you using?

I have the Z6 and I have the same problem as you. Per Megadap the problem have been fixed...but I don't think so. Turn off the camera IBIS when you are done for the day and the problem is solved...at least in my case.




Oct 29, 2022 at 04:11 PM
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Thank you - I've turned it off and will check in a while.


Oct 30, 2022 at 04:05 PM
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The Sigma 14-24 E mount lens looks very impressive against the native Z 14-24 lens on Z9!

P.S. the OP has got the lens model wrong but the Sigma is certainly the newer mirrorless version.

https://nikonrumors.com/2022/11/05/sigma-14-24mm-f-2-8-dg-hsm-art-lens-f-mount-vs-nikon-nikkor-z-14-24mm-f-2-8-s-lens-z-mount.aspx/#more-175535



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What happens with the lens profiles in photoshops or other programs ?


Nov 10, 2022 at 01:57 PM
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PhotosbyKR wrote:
Has anyone tried the Tamron 17-28 with the ETZ21? Seem like a super nice lightweight hiking UWA that also goes to f2.8 for night sky work.

I'd likely only use this one lens on the adapter so once it was on it would just live there. Similar to my 70-200 f4 and the ftz. I am fine with adapted lenses but moving the adapter between lenses is a bit annoying in the field.


I tested 2 different ones on my z7 ii. Both were out of focus at close range (indoors and outdoors in daylight) in over 50% of the shots. The new Sigma 16-28mm f2.8 had 100% hits.



Nov 10, 2022 at 04:39 PM
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That's a good question. My impression is that you first of all need to turn off auto distortion correction in the camera menu. When that is done, Adobe software still adds a wrong lens correction (which can't be turned off), but other software will leave the files untouched. This means you "just" have to correct the distortion that the lens has. (With Adobe you may need to correct both the distortion from the lens and the added wrong correction.)

Using zooms while needing proper distortion correction sounds like a nightmare for Adobe users. You would have to make you own correction for each focal length. However, if you convert your raw files in non-Adobe software, getting rid of the embedded distortion correction, you could finish the editing in Lightroom or Photoshop.

Fpessolano wrote:
What happens with the lens profiles in photoshops or other programs ?




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