How to Use Canon Lenses on Sony Cameras

Considering moving away from a bulky Canon DSLR and joining the Sony mirrorless ecosystem? You may be wondering, “what about all my lenses?”.

This is a brief and concise guide on exactly how to use Canon lenses on Sony cameras along with any limitations and special notes.

Let’s jump into it!

Sony camera with Canon lens.

What limitations are there?

Although adapting Canon lenses over to Sony cameras works fairly well, there are a few limitations and flaws.

Less Reliable Focus

First off, many of Sony’s excellent AF assists don’t really work that well with adapted lenses.

AF-C (continuous AF tracking) will be a little unreliable, and EyeAF can be largely hit or miss.

OEM Is Faster

Second, autofocus with an adapted lens simply can’t compare to an OEM Sony lens.

You’ll likely still find performance acceptable, but don’t expect it to be unbelievably fast.

Expensive Adapters

Third, the the adapter is rather expensive.

Granted, if you have a ton of Canon glass, it’s still way cheaper than going out and replacing it all with Sony lenses.

Canon lens.

How to adapt Canon lenses?

If you’ve decided, despite the drawbacks, that you do want to use a Canon lens on your Sony camera, it’s actually quite easy.

You simply need to purchase an EF/EF-S –> E-mount adapter. After that, you attach your Canon lens and that’s it, nothing else needs to be done.

The most “famous” adapter is the Metabones Smart Adapter. It works well enough, but it’s also quite expensive.

Instead, I’d suggest picking up the much cheaper Sigma MC-11 adapter. Frankly, it works just as well, if not better, and it’s generally half the price.

If you’re interested in picking it up yourself, I’ve included purchase links below. Thanks for reading.

Sigma MC-11 Adapter
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Sigma MC-11 Adapter
A simple and affordable solution for adapting Canon lenses to Sony bodies.


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