Techart Pro Review and Compatibility List

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If you follow Sony Addict on Twitter you know I was recently in NYC testing the Techart Pro adapter at B&H Photo with our contact Abe. I have been shooting pretty much exclusively with this adapter on my Sony A7M2 since receiving it, and firmware 3 fixed the vast majority of crashes I experienced during my first stress test shooting a show. If you’re a fan of Leica glass and own a Sony body the TechArt Pro is a must have accessory.

I can only say this with confidence because I personally tested 73 lenses on the Techart Pro and only TWO failed to work correctly! That’s right, TWO, the Leica 90mm Macro-Elmar-M f/4 (but I would like to try a second copy because of it’s unique design) and Voigtlander f4.0 Color-Skopar 25mm f/4 P (the lens was too wide at the base and pressed against the adapter).

There are other things I learned about the Techart Pro by testing such a large variety of lenses. For reference when you first mount a lens on the adapters it should be focused on infinity for the adapter to work optimally. Lenses wider than 35mm almost universally macro focus, while 35mm lenses have negligible macro capabilities when set at infinity. “Normal” focal length lenses, around 50mm, focus as per specification. Beyond 50mm the majority of lenses need to be moved off infinity to close focus, and they generally do not have macro capabilities. Even the Noctilux will focus, but it is right at Techart’s  700g recommended weight limit, so I would be careful with this lens attached if you are going to use it for extended periods of time.

The physical gear inside that moves the lens closer and further from the sensor moves all of the lenses at about the same speed, so I do not feel it is important to reference focusing speed beyond saying that this adapter will let you track with an M lens, but focusing from infinity to a meter away isn’t fast. The Techart adapter is best at making quick adjustments between a few feet and inches, which will satisfy most users. It is also far from silent so the adapter isn’t usable for video.

When I was testing the adapter in the store, employees and customers were impressed by how well it worked and I didn’t even demo how easy it is to update. No one is doing firmware updates as conveniently as Techart at this time. I love their implementation of Bluetooth, where I set my camera to F90, press the shutter button, turn the camera off, and let the app do the rest. No pairing required, and all from my phone. You can even downgrade your firmware from the app if you have an issue or a preference.

It’s hard to find anything wrong with this adapter, and I tried my best to find things that wouldn’t work. My only issue is a nitpicky one, but I would like a way to write metadata to the raw files with the correct lens names via the app. Techart just made the app so easy to connect to the camera that I think they should exploit the feature further by adding a text field or drop down menu so that we can name the lens that is attached. I know this could make things more difficult if someone switched lenses and forgot to change the name, so they could also implement a feature that reset the name when the camera is powered off completely. A feature like this would be a time saver for many that like highly organized Lightroom catalogs.

Below you will find a list of all of the lenses I tested in black (I also tested silver/chrome because they are heavier and many are made of brass, but I didn’t include links to them order to condense the list below). If they worked normally, there is no marking by the name; but if they have macro capabilities there’s an *, and if they need to be moved off infinity to focus close I marked them with **.  I also put a legend below the list. Once again, I must thank Abe and B&H Photo for their hospitality and assistance. Without them I never could have gained access to this many lenses, and there might be a few more on the way soon. I’m going to do my best to keep this list up to date and I am accepting glass to test if anyone has anything obscure to test.

Super Wide Angle

LE161821MTB
Leica Super Wide Angle/Wide Angle Tri-Elmar-M 16-18-21mm f/4 ASPH – All three focal lengths work. *

LE1838M
Leica 18mm f/3.8 Super-Elmar-M ASPH *

LE2114MB
Leica 21mm f/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH *

LE2134M
Leica 21mm Super-Elmar-M f/ 3.4 ASPH *

VO1256M
Voigtlander Heliar Ultra Wide-Angle 12mm f/5.6 *

VO1545V3
Voigtlander Super Wide-Heliar 15mm f/4.5 Aspherical III *

VO2118M
Voigtlander 21mm f/1.8 Ultron M-Mount *

VO2140M
Voigtlander Color-Skopar 21mm f/4.0 P Pancake *

ZE184B
Zeiss Distagon T* 18mm f/4 ZM *

ZE2128B
Zeiss Super Wide Angle 21mm f/2.8 Biogon T* ZM *

ZE2145B
Zeiss Super Wide Angle 21mm f/4.5 C Biogon T* ZM *

Wide Angle

LE2414MB
Leica 24mm f/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH *

LE2438MB
Leica Wide Angle 24mm f/3.8 Elmar M ASPH *

LE2820MB
Leica Summicron-M 28mm f/2.0 *

LE2828EM
Leica Elmarit-M 28mm f/2.8 ASPH *

LE282SM
Leica Summicron-M 28mm f/2.0 ASPH *

LE3514MB
Leica Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH

LE352SMB
Leica Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH

LE3524MB
Leica Summarit-M 35mm f/2.4 ASPH

VO282M
Voigtlander Ultra 28mm f/2.0 *

VO3512B
Voigtlander Nokton Aspherical 35mm f/1.2 Lens II

VO3514M
Voigtlander Nokton Classic 35mm f/1.4

VO3514MSC
Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f/1.4 Lens (Single Coated)

VO3517K
Voigtlander Ultron 35mm f/1.7 ASPH

VO3525M
Voigtlander Wide Angle Color-Skopar Pan 35mm f/2.5-M (PII)

ZE2828B
Zeiss Wide Angle 28mm f/2.8 Biogon T* ZM *

ZE3514ZMB
Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 Distagon T* ZM

ZE352B
Zeiss 35mm f/2 ZM Biogon T*

ZE3528B
Zeiss Wide Angle 35mm f/2.8 C Biogon T* ZM

Normal

LE50095NB
Leica Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 ASPH

LE5014MAB
Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. Lens (Black-Chrome Edition)

LE5014MB
Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH

LE5020
Leica APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH

LE5020MB
Leica 50mm Summicron f/2.0 6-bit updated

LE5024MB
Leica Summarit-M 50mm f/2.4

LE7520MB
Leica 75mm f/2.0 APO Summicron M ASPH

LE7524MB
Leica Summarit-M 75mm f/2.4

LE7525MB
Leica 75mm f/2.5 Summarit-M

VO4014M
Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f/1.4

VO4014MSC
Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f/1.4

VO5011B
Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f/1.1

VO5015MB
Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f/1.5

VO7518B
Voigtlander Heliar 75mm f/1.8

ZE5015B
Zeiss 50mm f/1.5 C Sonnar T* ZM

ZE502B
Zeiss 50mm f/2 Planar T* ZM

Telephoto

LE9020MB
Leica 90mm f/2.0 APO Summicron M ASPH **

LE9024MB
Leica Summarit-M 90mm f/2.4 **

LE13534MB
Leica 135mm f/3.4 APO **

ZE854B
Zeiss 85mm f/4 Tele-Tessar T* ZM **

*  Macro autofocus works without any adjustment
** Must take lens off infinite focus to achieve manufacture specified close focus with autofocus adapter

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