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(ILCE = Interchangeable Lens Camera with E-mount)

Rummaging around in a camera bag and I came across my old 24mp Sony A7, the first full frame camera I bought when they first went on sale in the UK in June 2014. I had forgotten how small and compact a body it is, compared to the current A7 range which are slightly bigger and heavier with the inclusion of in-camera stabilisation. My current full frame lens are also large and heavy and not exactly carry around lens. I was after a lens that was compact and light and suitable for shooting around the streets of London. I thought I’d go back to the Sony roots and after a bit of interweb searching the Minolta AF 35-105mm F3.5-4.5 (first released in 1985 for 35mm film cameras) seemed highly recommended and reasonably cheap as I got one for £80. A couple of downsides with the lens. It’s a Minolta/Sony A mount lens and the A7 is E mount so I’ve had to use a Sony LA-EA4 A to E mount adapter and the auto focus in the lens is screw driven and makes a little bit of a noise when focusing. Good job I don’t do video.


St Patrick’s Day celebrations were taking place in Trafalgar Square and the west end of London so I took the tube to the east and started in the city and walked back west along the route of the Thames dodging hail storms along the way.

Equipment Used: Sony A7 + LA-EA4 + Minolta AF 35-105mm F3.5-4.5 Lens


London Through A 44-year Old Lens - 17th March 2019

London Through A 44-year Old Lens - 17th March 2019