Techart has just announced the TZE-01. It’s the world’s first autofocus Sony E to Nikon Z mount lens adapter. The Nikon Z mirrorless cameras have a 2mm shorter flange distance than Sony’s EF mount. Techart has managed to not only take advantage of this tiny space to create what appears to be a fairly solid looking adapter, but they’ve also fit a CPU in there.
Nikkei reports that Nikon is planning to release a new mirrorless model during the 2019 fiscal year. Specifically, a lower midprice model that sits below the Z6 and will have a retail cost of around $900. And Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun, a newspaper specialised in Japanese manufacturer, reports that Nikon’s new CEO, Mr Umadate, says that Nikon will also be releasing a Flagship mirrorless camera equivalent to the Nikon D5 DSLR.
Earlier this year, Nikon announced that its new Z6 and Z7 firmware update will include Eye AF among other features. There was no word on the exact release date, but now it has been officially revealed. You won’t have to wait much longer, as the Eye Detection AF is coming to the Z series on 16 May 2019. And what’s more, Nikon has shared a video to demonstrate how it performs.
While the Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/4 S lens was announced along with the Z 7 and Z 6 cameras, Nikon is now introducing the faster version of this standard zoom lens: Nikkor 24-70 f/2.8 S. It’s a lightweight, versatile lens and Nikon promises that it brings together a great performance, high precision, and optical superiority.
If you have planned to switch to Nikon Z mirrorless system, perhaps now is a good time. Nikon has launched a trade-in program which offers discounts on Z6 and Z7 cameras if you hand over your working DLSR or mirrorless. And on top of your old camera’s value, you will get up to $400 additional discount.
So far, most of the lenses announced or expected for the Nikon Z and Canon RF mount systems have been quite pricey. Meike, a company famous for making low budget camera grips for DSLRs and mirrorless cameras, sees things a little differently, though. The company has now announced that their 50mm f/1.7 manual focus lens is coming for Nikon Z and Canon RF mount cameras.
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.