Three Nikon F to Sony E adapters go head to head. Which is best?

May 4, 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.

Three Nikon F to Sony E adapters go head to head. Which is best?

May 4, 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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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.

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Matt tests three different adapters in this video, and the results were quite interesting. Most interesting of all, though, was the fact that he got different results with each one, despite all three looking almost completely identical.

From the outside, the only real difference between each of the three adapters are the labelling printed on them, and that the Fotodiox has gold looking lens mount rings rather than the silver look of the other two. So, it seems the big difference between each of these is the firmware they contain.

But this is where things start to get tricky. In each test, a different adapter came out on top. If you’re regularly shooting with a 24-70mm f/2.8, then go with this adapter. Prefer shooting with a 200mm f/2? Then go with that other adapter.

The performance of all three seem quite good, and Matt describes them all as “usable”. If you need super fast tracking, he still suggests going with native E-Mount lenses, but in many situations like portraits and weddings, the adapters are very impressive.

Despite all three doing well, Matt says that the Commlite was the most consistent performer, but the Fotodiox was the fastest with the 24-70mm & 50mm lens.

Ultimately, it seems that if you’re a Nikon shooter looking to switch to Sony or add a Sony body to you’re kit, you’re going to want to test the adapters for yourself. Each looks to perform differently with different lenses, and until you try it with your own lenses, you just won’t know which will suit your needs best.

 

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John Aldred

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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.

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One response to “Three Nikon F to Sony E adapters go head to head. Which is best?”

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    Paul Richards

    how do they work with non Nikon lenses, such as Tamron, Sigma etc?