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Fotodiox Fixes Sony’s E-Mount With New All Metal ‘Tough E-Mount’

By Anthony Thurston on October 16th 2014

Users of Sony’s E-Mount cameras, your prayers have been answered. There is now a way to get that shoddy plastic/metal lens mount *fixed*. Fotodiox has developed a new product, which they call the “Tough E-Mount” that replaces the wobble prone plastic/metal hybrid mount that came with your camera with a more solid all metal mount.

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This especially goes out to those of you using the new A7 series (it’s worth noting that the A7s already has an all metal mount) of E-Mount full frame cameras. You are most likely going to be the ones using bigger and heavier lenses, and as such, you don’t want your lens mount letting your lenses wobble. The best part is, you can replace it yourself with just 4 simple screws – remove and replace, and you’re good to go.

I think that this is a genius product from Fotodiox. Not only does it fix an issue that users of Sony NEX and now E-Mount have complained about for a long time, but it does so inexpensively as well. This new “Tough E-Mount” will only run you $39, and is now available on Amazon.

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It goes without saying, if you do decide to upgrade your mount, make sure to hold onto your original metal/plastic pieces, so if you ever have to send your body into service from Sony you can put the original mount back on and avoid any possible warranty issues. Also, be very careful not to drop the screws onto your sensor.

With a little care and about 5 minutes, you can significantly improve the durability of your e-mount camera. Surely, anyone experiencing lens wobble or wiggle will be looking forward to this. You can learn more about the Tough E-Mount over on the Fotodiox website.

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What are your thoughts about this new product from Fotodiox? Would you upgrade the mount on your camera if given the option? Leave a comment below!

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. fotosiamo

    Interesting point from Guy from SonyAlpha Rumors:
    “Sony designed this to have a failure point being a cheap, easy to
    replace plastic part.

    Almost all other cameras have one of two things going on:

    Either the mount has plastic flanges (like the A7 and A7R) as an intentional break point if the system is overstressed,

    or

    The All-metal mount actually screws into a composite block in the frame of the camera (like A-mount cameras). So if this system is overstressed, the mount block fails (stripped threads) and can be replaced.

    Now, with this mod, if you overstress the mount, there is no intended failure point, the lens or
    actual camera frame will likely fail, destroying the lens or camera. The A7s mount is dangerous as well…”

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    • Anthony Thurston

      I think its safe to say that scenario is rather extreme Joe. I mean sure, that could happen, but I think it would take a lot more force than you think. Would I hold a 300mm F/2.8 up by the camera body only, (lmao) no, use some common sense and it shouldn’t be an issue.

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  2. fotosiamo

    Ooh that’s awesome! Will it affect weathersealing though?

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    • Anthony Thurston

      I wouldn’t think so Joe, they aren’t removing any rubber seals or anything like that. Just a metal and plastic piece, neither of which would effect the weather sealing. My guess though, is that if any effect, this would actually improve the seal around the mount since it is one piece vs being two pieces.

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  3. Austin Swenson

    I WILL be buying this. This is awesome!

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  4. Mircea Blanaru

    Great idea not to mention that it also cheap!!!

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