MonsterAdapter LA-KE1 Pentax AF Adapter

Pentaxrumors let me know about the new MonsterAdapter LA-KE1 that will allow Sony E-mount cameras to AF Pentax lenses while recording EXIF data. This is great news for E-mount shooters that own some of Pentax’s unique glass or for those that would like to give it a try.

MonsterAdapter proudly announced the LA-KE1 electronic adapter, the first of its kind in the world. It’s to adapt the Pentax K Mount KAF lenses to Sony E Mount mirrorless bodies with the features including auto-focus, aperture control and EXIF recording etc.

The main features of the MonsterAdapter LA-KE1 include:
1. The world’s first AF adapter for K Mount. It’s equipped with dual motors for screw-drive AF and iris control from the body.*1
2. Designed for full frame, offering options of more than 10 e mount camera bodies for KAF lens users.
3. Unleash full potentials of KAF lenses with the most advanced PDAF capability from mirrorless bodies. With the reliable AF accuracy, you may be surprised by the sharpness of your old lenses like never before.
4. Allows the bodies’ powerful PDAF capabilities*2 to work with KAF lenses, opening a whole new world for users with
a) much larger AF points coverage across the frame;
b) human & animal eye-focusing;
c) AI-assisted continuous auto focus (AF-C) with high frame rates like 10-30 fps, whatever is offered by the mirrorless body;
5. Compatible with KAF、KAF2、KAF3、KAF4 lenses.*3
6. Build in contacts, it can recognize the lens and transfer EXIF to the body.

Note: Because of the limits of the old screw-drive lenses like AF noise and power consumption, LA-KE1 is designed for still shooting only and its most features are not available when shooting videos.

The LA-KE1 is planned to hit the market within this year. The detailed information such as the lens support list, pricing and availability will be officially revealed later on our pages on Facebook and Sina Weibo.

*1. If the lens is with the aperture ring, it needs to be put on “A” mode to allow the adapter to work properly with AF, otherwise the adapter will only allow MF.
*2. What exactly the PDAF related capabilities are available will depend on the body being used with the adapter. Please refer to the camera manual for detailed information.
*3. The adapter will support the screw-drive AF and mechanic lever aperture control lenses (F, FA, DA, DFA series) first, and through firmware updates, it will later support the motorized AF lenses (SDM, DC) and the electromagnetic aperture lenses. And, the older A and M series lenses will not be supported.

via Pentaxrumors

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