Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Tip of the Day: Adjusting Camera Adapters

Today's post is another attempt to put simple short content into my blog. Ironically, I teach social media and one of the cardinal rules I often break here is the length of my entries (it also makes it very time consuming to write lots of content for it). I of course appreciate those readers that spend the time to read through my detailed and lengthy posts, but I also know for every 100 people that come to this blog, that maybe only few spend the time to read the latest entry.

This hopefully will start off some simple little tips and tricks of the day. No promises of how often they will be posted, but for now, here's the first on adapters.

Sony E mount to Leica Adapter 

One thing that is popular these days are lens adapters. Many of them vary in quality and price which often relates back to the fit of these products.

If you're lucky, some of these products are made from quality products, but regardless, I've often heard of people complain about how loose an adapter might fit or not at all. The later you can't correct easily, but the loose adapters are easy to adjust.

Other than the very best and most expensive adapters will not have that little slot as shown in the above image. Most people are unaware of it's function, but they are on every bayonet protrusion and designed for one specific task.

Apply light pressure and in the middle of the slot to bend the metal slightly for a tighter fit. 
Simply wedge a jewellers or eye glass screwdriver into the slot. As you push it in, the thinner lower part of the metal will deform. This creates a tighter fit with your lens.

Start small, and evenly on all the slots. Checking with your lenses to see how they fit. Once you've done that, there should be no wobbling lenses. You shouldn't need to do this often, but metals all shrink and bend from use and temperature. Simply repeat this on your adapters when you find a wobble.

It should be stressed that it is important to ensure the lenses are tight. If they are not, there's always a slight chance that your images are slightly out of focus on one edge of your frame.


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