As we have already seen, you can make a working lens from pretty much anything. Sean of Fotodiox decided to use a toy lens and adapt it to his Sony a7R. If you’re a Ghostbusters fan, you are going to love this: Sean found a GhostZapper toy and used its plastic projector lens to take photos in 2022.
Although Breakthrough Photography announced their filters for the Canon EF to RF drop-in filter adapter first, they weren’t the first to bring them to market. The filters themselves should start shipping this month if they haven’t already, but they’ve also expanded their offering with an EF to RF drop-in filter adapter of their own.
They claim it’s just as capable as the Canon original, with full electronic contacts for autofocus and image stabilisation, as well as transferring the EXIF data. It’s compatible with both the original Canon drop-in filters as well as Breakthrough’s own (and presumably Kolari’s). Except, it’s $100 cheaper than the Canon one.
Fotodiox has announced their new Fotodiox Pro PRONTO AF lens adapter that lets you autofocus Leica M lenses on your Fujifilm X mount mirrorless cameras. The adapter was initially announced a little while ago, but it’s just now being made available.
Yes, Leica M lenses are manual focus lenses, but this adapter adds autofocus capability for other camera systems. This isn’t Fotodiox’s first Leica M autofocus adapter, having previously released one for Sony, but this one now lets you use them with Fuji, too.
It’s unlikely that Sony shooters are going to go out and buy Mamiya 645 lenses, but it’s not outside of the realm of possibility for Mamiya 645 shooters to pick up a Sony for when they want to carry something a little lighter. Occasionally, though, they may want to use their 645 lenses on that little Sony body, so Kipon has answered the call.
They’ve announced two new adapters which offer full electronic aperture control via your Sony body. The M645-S/E E adapter is for Mamiya brand 645 lenses and M645-S/E ES adapter is for Phase One/Schneider brand 645 lenses to let you mount them to Sony E mount bodies.
Lens adapters sure are super-handy and they allow you to combine lenses with one mount to a camera with another. This sure has a lot of perks, but are there times when you shouldn’t adapt your lenses? In this video, Michael the Maven discusses this matter and helps you answer the question: when using lens adapters isn’t a good idea?
To use the Nikon Z7 camera with my Sony system, I needed to make a mount adaptor to attach Sony E Mount (NEX) optics on Nikon Z as none are currently available on the market. “If it is not there, why not to make one myself” is my motto. Since I’ve already made so many lenses to use on Sony A7R, to remake them for Nikon Z mount is too much work.
If you want to use a Canon EF lens on a Nikon Z camera, with autofocus – it’s about to become possible. Kipon has announced the world’s first Canon-to-Nikon adapter that lets you use EF-mount lenses with Nikon Z cameras without losing the autofocus function.
It’s interesting how things evolve. Nikon has traditionally made lenses that you can adapt to pretty much any other system (to varying degrees of compatibility), due to the huge flange distance of the F mount. That means with other camera systems like Canon & Sony, video shooters could use those wonderful Nikon lenses of old.
Now, it looks like the tables have turned and they’ve become the company with the body that can adapt to lenses from many other systems. Including, judging from this super slim adapter, Sony E mount lenses. And it passes full electronics and autofocus to the Nikon Z bodies, too.
If you’re shooting videos with your smartphone, there are plenty of accessories that help to expand your possibilities. At NAB 2018, Cinematics International Co, Ltd introduced an adapter that lets you pair your smartphone with camera lenses. You can attach any professional lens onto your phone and turn it into a cinema camera.
Adapters that let you mount a lens from one camera system to a body of another are nothing new. Even so-called “Speed boosters” which allow you to get much of the benefit of full frame lenses on crop bodies have been out for a while now. The new Magic Format Converter from Laowa, though, takes things in the opposite direction. Putting smaller format lenses onto larger format sensors.
The adapter gives the ability to mount full frame Nikon and Canon lenses onto the Fuji GFX-50S medium format camera. There are a couple of other adapters out there that can also do this, too, but with one big issue. Nikon & Canon lenses don’t cover the complete GFX sensor. So, your image is cut off at the corners. This adapter compensates by expanding the image out to fill the frame.