Using Sony NEX Lenses with the New Sony A7 / A7R

This post is for all my fellow Sony shooters out there. Specifically, those using NEX-series cameras who are considering upgrading to the full-frame goodness of the A7 or A7R. Last month, I made the same switch, jumping from my trusty NEX-7 to the new Sony A7 mirrorless camera.

I’d spent well over a thousand dollars on glass for the NEX-7, so moving to a full-frame camera gave me anxiety that my lenses wouldn’t work. Now that I’ve had the A7 for a few weeks and had a chance to put it through its paces, I’m here to let you know what works and what doesn’t when it comes to NEX glass.

In this video, I’ll attach three different Sony NEX lenses to the new Sony A7 to see how usable they are on the new full-frame camera. Because NEX lenses are cropped for APS-C sensors, we can expect some interesting results.

The three lenses I’ll be testing:

  • Sony 16mm f/2.8 Pancake (Prime) SEL16F28
  • Sony 10-18mm f/4 Super Wide Angle SEL1018
  • Sony 18-55 f/3.5 – 5.6 Kit Glass for NEX-7 SEL1855

And lastly, we’ll add the Fisheye Converter (VCL-ECF1) to the 16mm pancake, just for fun. Enjoy.


About Mike Beauchamp

After a divorce, losing his job, selling his house, a tumultuous relationship and subsequent breakup, Mike sold 80% of his belongings, put another 18% in storage, and packed the remaining 2% into a backpack and hit the road. Mike is currently a vagabond of sorts, traveling the world with only what he can carry on his back. He has two objectives in all of this: to photograph the most beautiful places on Earth and to finally take the time to get to know himself. You can follow Mike on Twitter (@mbchp) for more frequent updates.

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