No matter which team you shoot for, it seems that the Canon EF mount has sort of become the de facto universal standard for (almost) all of them. Kind of like the lens equivalent of a Bowens mount. And if the camera you’re using doesn’t have a native EF mount, whatever mount you do have can be easily adapted. Now that adaption seems to have come to Nikon Z cameras, thanks to Meike.
Meike’s new MK-EFTZ-B adapter lets you mount Canon EF and EF-S lenses onto Nikon Z bodies with full autofocus support and aperture control from the camera body. It even appears to support Canon’s IS lens stabilisation system, too, according to Meike’s description of the product on their website and also transmits EXIF data along to the camera body.
At a time when Canon’s dropping EF mount lenses like there’s no tomorrow, it seems they’re still extremely popular. And it’s no surprise given that Canon is actively quashing the attempts of 3rd parties to create RF mount autofocus lenses. 3rd party manufacturers can still make autofocus EF mount lenses and there are plenty of existing ones on the market that can be adapted to just about anything – at least, anything mirrorless.
They were one of the first (if not the first) mounts to be adapted for use on Sony’s E-mount cameras. Adapters and speed boosters have been around for years to put EF lenses onto Micro Four Thirds cameras. There are also focal length reducers for Fuji X and expanders for Fuji GFX and even Sigma makes an adapter to put EF lenses onto their own (and Panasonic’s and Leica’s) L mount cameras. And, of course, Canon has their own adapter to let you put EF lenses on RF bodies.
This new adapter from Meike expands that adaptability to Nikon Z, offering a lot of new lens options to Nikon mirrorless shooters for both photography and video. With electronic communication between the camera and lens, you should get full aperture control, Meike claims image stabilisation in the lens, and you’ll even be able to keep track of what lens you were using in the EXIF data.
There isn’t a massive amount of information out about the new adapter yet, but it measures 69mm in diameter, is 28.3mm thick and adds only 87g to the weight of your camera and lens combo. Meike says that it is made from “selected stable and durable materials” with “exquisite workmanship” – I think they might’ve borrowed that line from the Leica marketing team – “reliable and strong dust and water resistan[ce]”.
You can see what looks like a red rubber ring along the mount side that attaches to the camera in the photos above. Whether or not it’s dust and weather-resistant on the other end will depend on which EF mount lens you attach to it and whether or not that has a seal to cover the front side of the adapter. There is also an “AV” dial with + and – symbols next to it. I would assume this is some kind of manual override for aperture control, although Meike hasn’t explicitly said what it does. I suppose we’ll have to wait until these things start getting into the hands of reviewers to find out its full functionality and how well it performs.
If you want to check it out for yourself, though, the Meike MK-EFTZ-B autofocus Canon EF lens to Nikon Z body adapter is available to buy now for $159.99 from the Meike website.