Novoflex is bringing legacy lens mount adapters to Nikon Z mirrorless cameras

Sep 19, 2018

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Novoflex is bringing legacy lens mount adapters to Nikon Z mirrorless cameras

Sep 19, 2018

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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If there’s one thing that German photography accessories manufacturer Novoflex is known for, it’s lens adapters. Sure, they don’t have fancy speedboosters and autofocus compatibility like Metabones, but they make some of the best manual lens adapters out there.

And now Nikon Rumors reports that Novoflex is going to be bringing out a dozen of them for the Nikon Z mirrorless system. Yes, twelve manual focus legacy lens mount adapters for the Nikon Z mirrorless system.

The adapters to come will allow you to mount lenses with the following mounts to Nikon Z mount mirrorless cameras.

  • Canon FD (not EOS)
  • Contax/Yashika
  • Leica M
  • Leica M39
  • Leica R
  • Minolta MD and MC
  • Minolta AF/Sony Alpha
  • M42
  • Novoflex A-Mount
  • Olympux OM
  • Pentax K
  • T2

Novoflex lens adapters are not inexpensive, especially considering they’re manual adapters, but they are extremely well built with very smooth and snug tolerances. I bought a Novoflex EOS/NIK adapter back when the Canon 5D Mark II was still the king for DSLR video so that I could shoot one with my Nikon glass. It still works as good as new today, a decade later.

So, for filmmakers who were hoping to pick up a Z6 or Z7 for some 10Bit video on a large full frame sensor, now you’ll have some options for using that old SLR glass you love so much.

As I said, Novoflex typically isn’t cheap, but I haven’t seen prices mentioned for these so far. They’re set to be released in November.

[via Nikon Rumors]

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2 responses to “Novoflex is bringing legacy lens mount adapters to Nikon Z mirrorless cameras”

  1. rifki syahputra Avatar
    rifki syahputra

    I expect some Chinese manufacturers will also have a similar adapter coming.. in a much cheaper price :D

    1. Kaouthia Avatar
      Kaouthia

      Oh yeah, absolutely, they will. They always do. :)

      Although they won’t be anywhere nearly as well made. That’s why I bought the EOS/NIK adapter so many years ago. I tried half a dozen cheap Chinese ones from eBay and they were all pretty sloppy – both the connection to the body and the connection to the lens.

      The Novoflex one fits perfectly – which makes a big difference if you’re focus pulling. Saved a lot of time (and money) by not having to reshoot stuff multiple times. The instant I first tried it I’d decided to buy one.