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.
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.
Canon has been working on their own focal length reducers. Lens adapters commonly sold under “speedbooster” or similar names, these adapters translate a larger projection circle, like that from a full frame lens, to the smaller sizes needed by APS-C and smaller sensors.
A new Canon patent spotted by the folks at Northlight Images shows a design for a new Canon EF to RF mount lens adapter. What’s so special about this one? Well, apparently, the purpose of this one seems to be to turn every Canon EF lens out there into a soft focus lens when used on an EOS R (or other, future RF mount body).
Lens adapters to put Canon EF mount lenses onto M mount bodies are nothing new. Canon’s had one for a while now. But when it comes to speedbooster style adapters, one company’s pretty much had the market sewn up, and that’s Metabones. But Metabones only produces such adapters for Sony, Micro Four Thirds and Fuji crop cameras. At least for now.
A new Japanese patent (2018185393) suggests that Canon will be working on their own, now, though, breathing some new life to their EOS M mount line of cameras – as well as their EF mount lenses as they make the push towards full frame mirrorless.
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.
Since Sony started to produce their range of mirrorless cameras, we’ve seen a mass exodus of DSLR shooters making the switch. The overwhelming majority of them have come from Canon. While a few Nikon shooters have made the switch, many of them haven’t. Canon users have had one big advantage, though. The array of reliable lens adapters that let them keep using their Canon glass.
For Nikon shooters, this option hasn’t really been there. There are few adapters, but most haven’t been very good in the past. And switching to another brand is an expensive move that a lot don’t want to risk all at once. Now Nikon shooters have a few more options, though, and Matt Granger puts three of them up against each other in this video to figure out which is the best.
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.
One of the things that’s put a lot of people off making the switch to mirrorless is a lack of lenses. The lack of lenses isn’t much of a surprise. How can new system like Sony’s E Mount or Micro Four Thirds really compete with the decades old Nikon and Canon systems where every lens has been made and revised half a dozen times or more?
That’ll change a little for Sony users with Sigma’s new E Mount lenses, but there are other options. Lens mounts are available for both Sony and Micro Four Thirds systems that allow you to utilise Nikon and Canon lenses on those systems. In this video, Chris Niccolls from The Camera Store TV walks us through the range and capabilities of current adapters in 2018.
With the advent of mirrorless, lens adapters have become very popular. With such a short flange distance, mirrorless cameras offer so many more lens options. You might not always get the full benefit of the lens, and some might kill your camera, but overall they’re extremely useful.
Fotodiox have just launched a new series of lens adapters for Sony, Micro Four Thirds and Fuji mirrorless cameras for a range of lenses. There are 8 different lens mounts available, and you can even lengthen the adapter. This means it essentially acts like an extension tube, offering you closer focusing with any lens.