Sony may never publicly own up to ending A mount development as much as their loyal user base deserves it, but the new LA-EA5 lens adapter is nevertheless a nice gesture.
Announced today, Sony’s new A mount to E mount LA-EA5 lens adapter will give a little more life to an aging collection of glass. This surprisingly compact adapter houses an aperture drive unit as well as a newly developed autofocus drive unit, yet there is no protrusion like seen in the older LA-EA4.
The LA-EA5 supports phase detect autofocus, Real-time Eye AF for humans and animals, Real-time Tracking, and when using the a7R IV or a6600, can even do it with autofocus lenses that do not feature internal focus motors such as the Sonnar T* 135mm f/1.8 ZA and Planar T* 85mm f/1.4 ZA. There is some fine print that needs to be examined such as autofocus not available for video, STF lenses being manual focus, no teleconverter support, and a particular set of Sony cameras that this will all work with. To make sure you’re getting what you hoped for, check back on this LA-EA5 compatibility page (as of publication time it is “coming soon”). See it in action below courtesy of Sony Artisan Patrick Murphy-Racey.
The Sony LA-EA5 is priced at $248 and will begin shipping in October 2020.