It is possible to use Sony e-mount lenses and Zeiss e-mount lenses natively, as well as adapters to expand the range of options. Lens apertures, focal lengths, zoom, and prime lenses are available at different Sony camera price points. An overview of the ecosystem of e-mounts can be found here.
What is the best option? Commercial success for most of these lenses comes from their marketability. There are at least some folks who find that some of these lenses are ideal for their particular needs. This is exactly what makes interchangeable lens systems so appealing … you can choose the lens that meets your needs.
We are not trying to be critical, but your question does not provide any details about your intended use or budget. Without a description of your needs, any suggestion would be a wild guess based on my own experiences and uses. Because we can’t possibly know what is best for you, we can’t provide a valid answer to this question about what is ‘best.’
Obviously, mirrorless lenses have come up with a design that helps work with mirrorless cameras, while DSLR lenses work well with DSLR cameras. Using an adapter will cause your lens to autofocus slower than it would on your DSLR or equivalent mirrorless lens. Each lens gives you a different set of results based on the camera lens price.
It is possible to manually adapt almost any SLR or DSLR lens to work on just about any mirrorless camera (as well as a Canon EOS DSLR). To convert one lens mount to another, you need a little adapter. Most big camera stores, including B&H and Amazon, sell these.
Manually focusing and stopping down the lens is what you get. In most cases, it may not be easy to adapt fully electronic lenses, such as Canon EF, since EF lenses don’t have manual aperture settings.
Flange distance is the reason, as others have said, for this… the distance between the mounting point and the sensor. There’s probably room to insert an adapter if your camera has a shorter flange distance than the camera whose lenses you want to attach. For both Canon and Nikon, the adapter has the following disadvantages:
- It is not necessary to use the wider mount.
- An additional fee is charged.
- Regardless of how small the weight is, it is there.
As long as neither company produces lenses specifically designed for the new RF or Z mount, we must use the adapter. Aside from that, throwing away excellent DSLR lenses just because they can’t be used with the new wide mounting system would be a shame.
Cameras can be used for a variety of purposes. With both DSLRs and mirrorless cameras, the photo quality is about the same. You can capture very slightly different kinds of pictures and videos with each. A DSLR might be better suited to you if you are considering photography as a career choice or a serious hobby and wish to devote more time and effort to take pictures. Get a mirrorless camera instead if you want a camera that is easy to use while still taking good pictures and gives you the option to try custom/manual settings occasionally.
According to the current lineup, there isn’t much difference between the two regarding image quality. Cameras with DSLRs and mirrorless cameras in the same Sony camera price range have the same sensor size and quality. Additionally, both types of cameras offer full manual controls, presets for portrait, sport, landscape, and low light photography, and RAW image output.
The number of DSLR lenses is much greater and more affordable than mirrorless cameras since DSLRs have been around for much longer. There are mirrorless cameras that come with adapters that let you use DSLR lenses with them, but this makes the setup bulky and heavy, preventing them from truly being mirrorless.
Many Sony adapters can give you the same autofocus, stabilization, and aperture control as native lenses. Although Metabones seems to be the most popular, Sigma, Commlite, and Viltrox also offer adapters.
The speed boosters work similarly to tele converters by reducing the focal length of full frame lenses and the Sony camera price to allow them to be used on APS-C cameras with the same angle of view and increasing the maximum aperture by a stop. Although their optical quality isn’t great, they can be handy for wide-angle and low-light photography.
There are still a few options available with other brands of lenses. In terms of autofocus on Sony cameras, Viltrox is most likely the best solution. There is no phase detect autofocus on the a6300, a6500, a7ii, a7rii, and a9, which is why they have a reduced camera lens price, allegedly because the rest don’t have it.