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Why use a Lens with an Adapter?

Updated: Feb 16, 2023

Usually starts with this question in everyone's mind - why should I use a lens that instead of mounting directly requires an adapter in between to mount on my camera body? What are the advantages?

Looks cool isn't it? Read further!

Short Answer - There are several good reasons, but we will give you the context first.

Photographers all around the world including India don't just buy a camera body & a lens, but rather invest in a system that provides different types of lenses for different purposes that only works with their type of camera. A major portion of that investment naturally goes into lenses. Depending on the type, the lenses can be very expensive, but they also tend to last far much longer than the camera body itself and retain their image quality depending upon several factors. The camera body however is like any other electronics item that has a limited shelf life. Meaning, a repair or an upgrade becomes essential after a few years.

If you are an avid photographer and have been following this market for a while, you would have noticed that every camera manufacturing company have their own lens mount for different models and for a variety of reasons. For example, Nikon lens mount are known as F or FX type, similarly, Canon mounts are EF & EF-S, EOS-R & older FD, Sony has A & E, Leica - M, LTM, SL and Olympus, Panasonic Lumix have MFT mount, FujiFilm has X mount etc. While it may appear to be a practical thing for many to invest into a camera system from a single company, but it is also equally hard as a decision from a long-term sustainability standpoint. Why? Given the fact that the camera technology has made huge advancements in leaps over the last decade, many photographers have now found themselves to be stuck in the middle with their huge investments in lenses. They neither can upgrade that benefits from the new technological advancements, nor can they switch to a brand that offers the most advanced camera system. With camera companies changing / modifying lens mount types in lieu of technology, competition & form factor, a lot of legacy / existing lenses have suddenly become unusable for many.

Another important issue that came to light for many is the software for auto-focus system in lenses, which is dependent on the software upgrades (for auto focus control, image stabilization etc.) the manufacturer makes available for it over the course of lens' lifecycle. The upgrades eventually stops after a few years as the manufacturer moves over to the new system. This limits the performance of these lenses as they no longer can take the benefit of a new advanced camera body which also requires the software on these lenses to respond equally fast, thereby forcing the customers to discard them and re-invest into expensive lenses.

An adapted lens tends to exactly solve all of these problems with nearly a negligible investment, and you can start using your favorite old lens again with a brand-new modern camera that could be from a different company! The only downside to adapting a lens is that it will always work in manual mode. Auto-focusing & image stabilization features of the adapted lens will no longer work because both the lens & the camera have been designed for their respective systems and there is no way to bridge their electrical contacts. But, ask any professional photographer and they will tell you they never ever have to use their lens in autofocus mode. Some even go to the extent of disabling in-camera stabilization because it gives more humane touch to the picture they compose. A manual lens, like the Voigtländer that we sell here is free from all these perils associated with auto-focus lens that also requires frequent cleaning, maintenance & suffers sudden death like any other electronics.

When you have an advanced camera which has in-body image stabilization, metering and high speed tracking capabilities built in to it, then all you need is a good optics and a fast hand. After all, these technologies did not exist 20-30 years ago & people still took beautiful pictures! Isn't it?

Please take a moment and visit our collection of precision engineered adapters from Rayqual & Voigtländer!


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