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#1 michaeloneworldproductions

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Posted 10 April 2016 - 11:56 AM

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I ordered the Techart Leica M to Sony autofocus adapter with the promise that they would ship by the end of March.

Well that has come and gone.

 

I am really frustrated at the poor professionalism of the company and their seemingly 'lack of care' of us the customers.

A simple note/email would have made me feel like they are interested in me, not just my $350. they now have of mine.

That would have gone a long way.

 

Yes, I know it's available for pre-order for $400 elsewhere.

 

Anybody out there order one?  Did anyone receive theirs? if so, is it just like Steve Huffs version?

 

Thanks for any group therapy banter.

 

Michael  



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Posted 11 April 2016 - 12:10 AM

Fully understand your disgust. I ordered two of them at $350 so I'm twice as pissed. :angry:  

 

Being in sales, this is a typical situation however if this commitment is their word of honor it should probably tell you a little bit about the company.  And yes, an email to the customers (who helped fund this project) should be provided if their initial commitment was running behind schedule and when we can expect to see product.

 

If not in March, then when?



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Posted 11 April 2016 - 07:33 AM

I am intresting in this adaptor, Does it work with voigtlander lenses ? Could you please put the link to buy it
Thank you

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Posted 11 April 2016 - 11:44 AM

I am intresting in this adaptor, Does it work with voigtlander lenses ? Could you please put the link to buy it
Thank you

 

Yes it works fine with Voigtlander lenses.

There are many videos on line testing all kinds of M mount lenses.  No issues.

 

FYI the company responded to a direct email I sent them.  They shipped approx 800 orders. I am order #905 and now claim they will ship in April.  

 

Here it is ....

http://techartpro.com

 

http://www.bhphotovi...2,&A=details&Q=

 

Steve Huff's review....


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Posted 11 April 2016 - 04:05 PM

Thank you very much
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Posted 20 April 2016 - 12:03 PM

I just received a personal email from the company. Telling me they are shipping mine in a couple of days. 

Fingers crossed.  

 

BTW B&H states estimated time of May 11.

 

Michael



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Posted 26 April 2016 - 08:35 PM

As noted I had ordered two of these; one from TechArt when released on March 9th and the second from BH a few days later. I've got four Leica lenses  and hoped to permanently place just two of these on my lenses.

 

I received the first one last week from TechArt. Very disappointing to start with so I've cancelled the second one from BH.   

 

For starters, there was a ton of work put into this design and I very much appreciate all the effort but not at a cost of $350.  Here are the issues thus far:

 

1. Hunts for focus even in high contrast areas. I can manually focus faster.

2. I shot an image of a white textured wall and got a dark ring clearly visible in the image. I removed the TechArt adapter and the ring was gone. Have no idea what this is but its unacceptable.

 

I'll contact TechArt with these concerns and either have them replace it or refund it.

 

For those that are wondering, I was using a Leica Summicron 50, Summilux 35, Summarit 75 and Summicron 90.

 

If I still have the images on my SD card, I'll post them. If not, I can re-shoot and post.

 

Best of luck to others.



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Posted 27 April 2016 - 03:53 AM

Did you set lens to infinity first? Did you take photos of other subjects besides a white wall, and see this dark ring? How long did the lens take to focus? 1-2 seconds? 2-3 seconds? Just trying to understand why Steve Huff had better experience. Thanks.


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Posted 28 April 2016 - 11:38 AM

Yes it works fine with Voigtlander lenses.

There are many videos on line testing all kinds of M mount lenses.  No issues.

 

FYI the company responded to a direct email I sent them.  They shipped approx 800 orders. I am order #905 and now claim they will ship in April.  

 

Here it is ....

http://techartpro.com

 

http://www.bhphotovi...2,&A=details&Q=

 

Steve Huff's review....

 

Actually I went to the B&H Store last week since I happened to be in New York. I talked to two of the (very knowledgeable) salespeople. Neither had ever heard of the adapter nor did they find and indication that B&H ever had it...



#10 Marc Contaxtonikon

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Posted 28 April 2016 - 11:41 AM

As noted I had ordered two of these; one from TechArt when released on March 9th and the second from BH a few days later. I've got four Leica lenses  and hoped to permanently place just two of these on my lenses.

 

I received the first one last week from TechArt. Very disappointing to start with so I've cancelled the second one from BH.   

 

For starters, there was a ton of work put into this design and I very much appreciate all the effort but not at a cost of $350.  Here are the issues thus far:

 

1. Hunts for focus even in high contrast areas. I can manually focus faster.

2. I shot an image of a white textured wall and got a dark ring clearly visible in the image. I removed the TechArt adapter and the ring was gone. Have no idea what this is but its unacceptable.

 

I'll contact TechArt with these concerns and either have them replace it or refund it.

 

For those that are wondering, I was using a Leica Summicron 50, Summilux 35, Summarit 75 and Summicron 90.

 

If I still have the images on my SD card, I'll post them. If not, I can re-shoot and post.

 

Best of luck to others.

 

Did you manage to get the adapter to work properly in the meantime? Conceptually - I find it a fascinating product - I am just weary of just dishing out over 400 € (including the CONTAX adapter) without having seen it...



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Posted 29 April 2016 - 11:40 AM

even though they contacted me and said they would ship in a few days......still nothing.  Plus this bad review.  My joy is wilted.



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Posted 30 April 2016 - 10:54 AM

I think it's very challenging to construct anything like this and make it really fast. After all you are moving the whole lens with a very small motor. AF lenses are constructed to make focusing as effortless for it's motors as possible – with all the negative consequences like more internal play and not so pleasing manual focus.

 

OTOH, I'm quite happy with the Techart adapter for my Contax G lenses, which were made for AF. They act as fast as on the original camera, maybe even a tad faster, and they don't hunt on the A7R II under reasonable lighting. So it seems the company is doing their best, but the universal AF mount might be asking too much.



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Posted 30 April 2016 - 07:04 PM

I received a notice yesterday for the shipment of my order #731. Crossing finger for performance, expecting good performance under good lighting but not expecting much under more challenging lighting conditions. 



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Posted 05 May 2016 - 06:06 PM

Today B&H shipped my Techart Leica to sony autofocus adapter. (I ordered one from BOTH B&H and Techart)

 

I have sent several notes to Teacart today to cancel my order 

 

fingers crossed on the usage

 

Michael



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Posted 06 May 2016 - 09:25 PM

After multiple notes in every way I could tell the people at Tech art to cancel my order because B&H
already shipped my other order they been notified me that it shipped already and I couldn't cancel my order

So now I have two of them shipping to me simultaneously. Pretty miserable experience all around. Poor communication for sure.

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Posted 15 May 2016 - 05:09 PM

I think it's very challenging to construct anything like this and make it really

fast. After all you are moving the whole lens with a very small motor. ..........

   

   

Moving the whole lens is crude. Nikon had a 1.6X TC whose internal

elements could shift via communication from an AF Nikon body. This

resulted in AF from MF lens. There's no reason the TC hasta be 1/6X.

It could be 1.3X or even 1.0X, the latter being simply a "relay optic".

Some users would shun such a system as being too meddlesome of

the optical formula of the original lens. Chakkun Asseh Goo.



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Posted 19 May 2016 - 01:12 PM

I've been out of town on a shoot for 3 weeks and come home to BOTH of my delivered Techart Pro orders so I am selling one of them on ebay.

Works great on the Sony A7II and A7RII  !!

 

Here's the one for sale if you like....

http://www.ebay.com/...-/152096205399?



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Posted 22 May 2016 - 11:39 PM

Did you set lens to infinity first? Did you take photos of other subjects besides a white wall, and see this dark ring? How long did the lens take to focus? 1-2 seconds? 2-3 seconds? Just trying to understand why Steve Huff had better experience. Thanks.


markphoto4u

 

Actually, Infinity focus is not required if you've read through the manufacturers information however I've done both infinity and in between.  I had contacted Techart and they have yet to reply. I wrote on their Facebook page today about this problem and we'll see if I get a reply.

 

To add to the issue, they note there is a firmware update available, 2.0, if after April 15th, ?, not sure if this is the manufactured date or what.  Where would find a date?  I asked them on their FB page how do you know what firmware version you have in order to update what you've got.  (just for your information, my serial number is 000623).

 

Secondly, their instructions how to install the update tells you to set your aperture to F90, not F9, release the shutter and then off the camera. THEN, be sure your smartphone bluetooth is on and download the firmware. Sorry, but there is no bluetooth signal coming from the adapter if the smartphone is turned off. I've tried every possible way and I've yet to get a connection on my phone with their app and the adapter. Can't figure where the problem lies.

 

Totally disgusted.

 

Not to completely heave this adapter into the next stratosphere, it does work on occasion, though not on a consistent basis. It will hunt at times and just never lock on.  As noted by others, it is a unique step forward to take a MF lens and allow it to AF however, this one needs an update to 3.0 or someone else needs to perfect their design.  This is $350 wasted IMO.



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Posted 24 May 2016 - 03:23 PM

I need help with the TechArt!

 

First of all...IT WORKS! Tested lenses lenses from 15mm Series III CV to 90mm Tele-Elmarit - and it focuses perfectly. Not instantaneous, but less than a half second.

What is not at all clear from the little instruction sheet: How to set my A7II - specifically

1. It appears one should set the camera in M mode, AF-S, Live view display at "Setting mode off"- is that correct? This was a trial and error guess. With setting mode on, the EVF is black.

2. You adjust the exposure with the the ISO, camera shutter speed and lens aperture on the lens - right?

Here's the challenge: Without the histogram, it's really hard to see any setting effects without shooting and adjusting the aperture/shutter speed based on the image. I can't figure out how to set the camera so that the EVF image matches what I will see in the shot image.

What am I doing wrong?

Thanks in advance!

 

(PS - tried to download the manual but found no hot link on the download link on the web page.



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Posted 24 May 2016 - 04:08 PM

As noted I had ordered two of these; one from TechArt when released on March 9th and the second from BH a few days later. I've got four Leica lenses  and hoped to permanently place just two of these on my lenses.

 

I received the first one last week from TechArt. Very disappointing to start with so I've cancelled the second one from BH.   

 

For starters, there was a ton of work put into this design and I very much appreciate all the effort but not at a cost of $350.  Here are the issues thus far:

 

1. Hunts for focus even in high contrast areas. I can manually focus faster.

2. I shot an image of a white textured wall and got a dark ring clearly visible in the image. I removed the TechArt adapter and the ring was gone. Have no idea what this is but its unacceptable.

 

I'll contact TechArt with these concerns and either have them replace it or refund it.

 

For those that are wondering, I was using a Leica Summicron 50, Summilux 35, Summarit 75 and Summicron 90.

 

If I still have the images on my SD card, I'll post them. If not, I can re-shoot and post.

 

Best of luck to others.

 

Hmmm. I got mine from B&H and it consistently hit focus outdoors on a flat-lighting day, and in my living room, with my CV 15mm III, pre-aspheric 35mm f1.4 Summilux, 50mm f2 Summicron and 90mm f2.8 Tele-Elmarit. It took about a half-second for focus from closest to distance, much less once the lens was at distance.

 

My question is how to set up the A7II so that the viewed image and the exposed one match. I've tried setting Live View on and off, and so far, best is simply shooting an image and adjusting accordingly.

 

Waiting for an LTM to M adapter for my Canon 135mm f3.5, which stunned me with its sharpness and contrast, even wide open.

 

Mel




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