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Sony A7Sii & Commlite EF to E adaptor preview 

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As a recent Sony A7Sii owner looking for an effective way of using my Zeiss ZE and Canon EF mount lenses, I went with the Commlite EF – E mount adaptor purchased from Amazon UK. Priced at £54.95 it promised autofocus, IS and aperture control of EF mount lenses, and based on reviews many owners had achieved success. Also a friend uses one with a A7s and Canon EF lenses and recommended it, so I thought it was worth a try.

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Firstly I attached the adaptor and a Zeiss 25mm F2 ZE lens and switched on the camera. When I powered up the camera I heard the pleasing noise suggesting the camera and lens were on talking terms. Spinning the rear dial on the camera body instantly changed the F value on the LCD and moved the aperture blades in the lens. Sussess.
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My Zeiss 50mm F1.4 ZE and Canon 70-200mm F4 L lenses also work perfectly. I haven’t tested autofocus when filming as I always use manual focusing, however, the Canon lens will autofocus in photo mode, if a little slowly.

In terms of build quality the adaptor feels well made and heavy in the hand due to what seems to be a fully metal construction. It fits securely to the Sony’s E mount and is reassuringly tight. Lenses also have a nice tight fit. There is no more movement or wobble than any of the Metabones adaptors I own.

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The packaging is professional looking which gives the adaptor a nice first impression. When I first opened the box I noticed the foot on the bottom was a little lose, however there is a tightening screw to fix that. The foot is a lot longer than those on Metabones adaptors so I have removed it to allow me to fix a tripod plate to the camera body. I will eventually put the camera in a cage and feel the foot will be too long for that also.

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One disadvantage the Commlite adaptor has is there is no way to update firmware. Unlike Metabones adaptors there is no way to improve the adaptors functions and compatiblity through software updates.

I haven’t had a chance to use the camera and adaptor on a shoot yet, but when I do I will write a post giving my experiences. I remains to be seen if I have to bite the bullet and purchase the proven Metabones adaptor.

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Drew Curran

Director at Pixol
Drew is a filmmaker and designer and the founder of Pixol. Pixol produces corporate and commercial promotional films as well as graphic design and print for clients across the UK and Ireland. Drew is also a freelance cameraman and video editor for other production companies as well as a self-confessed camera nerd.

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4 Comments
  • Matt

    March 11, 2016 at 12:18 am Reply

    Nice review! I just bought both camera and adapter and agree with everything you typed. Nice work.

  • Simon Dobbins

    April 11, 2017 at 11:50 am Reply

    Have you used it for a shoot yet? how does it handle ?

    • Drew Curran

      April 11, 2017 at 11:57 am Reply

      Hi Simon, I’m assuming you mean the Commlite adaptor? Its great and works with all my lenses in terms of aperture control. I never use autofocus so can’t comment on that. One downside is lots of flare if light sources are to close to subject. My Metabones is better in this respect. The Metabones also works better with the A7Sii Steadyshot feature – I can leave it on Auto and it self adjusts for my lenses. The Commlite has to be set manually. Drew.

      • simon

        April 11, 2017 at 12:47 pm Reply

        Thanks. I’m seriously considering the A7s however I can’t justify re spending on native Sony glass just yet. So it would be ideal if I can use Canon.

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