I switched to an Olympus PEN-F yes. Gone are (for now) the days of glorious Sony A7 II 35mm images with beautiful classic lenses, but why I hear you ask? Well there were two reasons and one of them I already wrote a lot about. The dreaded focus issue that forces Sony A7 series cameras to auto focus with a closed aperture. It is just a pain in the ass and I seriously believe it is the worst firmware decision that any camera maker did. Ever.
Read here why it is so crappy. And while I took it easy for some time, in the end it really became a major annoyance and spoiled the photographic experience. So I actually switched more and more to my Contax G lens with the Techart adapter. There as well, auto focus only works really well when the lens is open – but I could bear with that cause I knew I was using an old 1990s lens on a third party adapter and not a supposedly state-of-the-art 2017-ish Sony lens. Also it is so much easier to adjust the aperture on the dedicated lens ring than fiddling with the two wheels on the camera body.
In the end what happened is that the Techart adapter started to fail. The contacts on the rear that connect to those inside the camera lens mount looked seriously worn-out and this was maybe after 1/2 year of regular use. I never saw something like that happen on any other lens, not even on the most cheapish kit lenses in many, many years. I briefly looked if I could get a replacement adapter somewhere but only found an internet offering in the USA – apparently Techart themselves are concentrating on the production of Leica M mount adapters these days. So I figured that what I was enjoying so much – Contax G lenses on a Sony A7 body – might be not a long-term solution cause I might be go through 1-2 adapters a year with subpar finish and then in the end won’t be able to get a replacement at all some day.
This set of shots was made with the PEN-F and the Panasonic 45-150/4-5.6.
So that’s the story why I left Sony. Maybe I am coming back some day and just get a then-cheap A7R again with its gorgeous 36 MP sensor and just do with a manual focus adapter and Contax G glass again. As long as they don’t thoroughly fix their camera’s AF firmware, I won’t ever bother to go use the Sony AF again. What a pity!
I wanted another 35mm mirrorless camera but as we all know, there’s only the Leica SL and the Leica M10, both are sadly too dear for my budget. (And I don’t appreciate the size of the SL even though it’s an absolutely gorgeous camera in your hands.)
Here, I also included two shots with the Panasonic 20/1.7 pancake lens – top left and the posh boat. The rest was shot with the Panasonic 45-150/4-5.6 again.
So I went to have a look at the tiny, beautiful Olympus PEN-F and rather than bother too long, I just got one. Together with the mighty little Panasonic 20/1.7 and the also very small 45-150/4-5.6 lens, it’s a huge departure from where I stood with my Sony A7 and a selection of prime lenses but hey … I’m here to enjoy the stuff and so far it has been a lot of fun.
As a start, here are some shots I took with the PEN-F in Tilburg, the Netherlands. That beautiful, colorful and relaxing city in the south of Eindhoven that almost no foreigner knows about. Enjoy!