Not too a few years in the past, in a tragic and darkish time, there weren’t some ways for us adventurous varieties to department out in methods we used our pictures gear. Particularly, our digital camera lenses weren’t simply usable throughout platforms. It was attainable, however adapters and converters weren’t plentiful or simple to seek out.
At this time, mirrorless, full-frame, and crop-sensor cameras are primarily pairable with many lenses. Adapters for these lenses are comparatively simple to seek out too. A lot so, that there’s an over-saturation of the lens conversion market making most lens mount adapters reasonably priced for any finances.
Sadly, not all lens adapters are created equal. So when Fikaz, an organization I had by no means heard of, approached me to check out a few of their new Sony E-Mount (NEX) adapters, I used to be open-minded however nonetheless cautious of one more lens adapter-maker.
Fortunately, all of my reservations in regards to the Fikaz Sony E-Mount lens adapters have been unfounded. Because it seems, the 2 adapters I obtained have been pleasantly high-quality items of package. Let me clarify to you what I considered these nifty little adapters from one of many latest youngsters on the lens converter block.
As I mentioned, the lens adapter world is a scorching commodity proper now and having the ability to use your lenses (particularly guide classic lenses) is at the moment in vogue. The 2 adapters I evaluated have been the Nikon F (G) to Sony E-Mount and M42 to Sony E-Mount. Each adapters have been top quality in each aesthetics and their construct.
Nikon F (G) Adapter
Till their current leap into the full-frame mirrorless realm, and because the late 1950s, all of Nikon’s lens mounts have been variations of the “F” mount. So technically, just about all Nikon lenses needs to be suitable with a Nikon F-mount adapter.
The caveat is that later “G” collection lenses (learn as fashionable) don’t sport a bodily aperture ring on the lens itself. This lacking aperture ring implies that whereas the lens is bodily shootable with most F-mount lens adapters, there’s nowhere for the photographer to alter the aperture. A devoted G-mount adapter is useful as a result of the shooter can use the aperture ring on the adapter to bodily management the quantity of sunshine getting into the digital camera through the lens.
The Nikon F (G) adapter is solidly constructed and feels extraordinarily substantial within the hand. The aperture controller ring is a properly contrasting silver in opposition to the black body of the adapter.
The Nikon F (G) adapter was examined utilizing my comparatively historical Nikkor 70-300mm F/4-5.6 lens. Each the lens and digital camera sides of the adapter match extraordinarily cosy…however not too cosy…to the lens bayonet and the digital camera mount. Completely no play or motion was noticed.
A nicely positioned and crisply-springy launch slider can also be current on the adapter which is, once more, within the visually pleasing contrasting silver tone. Fikaz has additionally included a extremely seen pink bead for simple mating of each the lens and digital camera with the adapter.
From what I’d approximate, the aperture ring, or slightly extra precisely, the “aperture approximator” ring works in full cease increments with six stops of adjustment. Basing my lens at 70mm and F/4, the apertures offered from the adapter needs to be roughly F/4, F/5.6, F/8, and so forth. The adapter has a visible illustration to help you in choosing aperture measurement.
I had meant to check the Fikaz M42 to Sony E-mount adapter utilizing a fan-favorite lens, the Helios 44-2. Sadly, I spotted far too late that my Helios was not in my bag. Seeing as I’m at the moment 3,000 miles from my take a look at lens, this portion of the evaluate reveals my impressions of the construct and look of the M42 adapter solely. Which I need to say, is extraordinarily spectacular for its price ticket.
The M42 adapter from Fikaz is extremely Spartan in its look. Nearly all of the converter is generally flat black with accenting naked aluminum areas which reduce an understated but classical kind. Just like the Nikon adapter, the markings are nicely executed and fairly clear. The threads on the M42 facet are very uniform and clean with no burrs or steel shavings current.
This identical degree of expertise additionally holds via for the Sony bayonet finish of the adapter which reveals no flaws within the reducing or end of the mount. The perimeter of the M42 adapter sports activities deep reduce serrations providing an excellent grip even with gloved arms.
Last Ideas on the Fikaz Sony E-mount Adapters for Nikon F(G) and M42
Within the grand scope of issues, each the development high quality and thoughtfulness of design displayed with Fikaz’s first entries into the world of mirrorless adapters impressed me. Hopefully, each the construct and appears of the adapters trace at nice issues to return too.
The Nikon F (G) adapter labored extraordinarily nicely to permit a big measure of aperture management with newer Nikon lenses and mated completely to my 70-300mm take a look at lens. Nevertheless, I wasn’t in a position to take a look at the M42 mount with a lens, the construct and precision left little doubt that it might additionally carry out nicely.
That mentioned, there are some issues to remember in regards to the M42 (and some other non-AF adapters). Basically, all that’s wanted is a mount conversion. There is no such thing as a actual want for the comparatively massive measurement of the adapter which might have an effect on infinity focus. Whereas the M42 adapter has a wonderful construct, it might be helpful to seek for a slimmer “ring” adapter in case you are fearful about focusing points.
On that observe, the Fikaz adapters each function black paint on their inside however no flocking to get rid of attainable reflections. This shouldn’t be an issue, however perhaps a priority for these searching for full safety for prolonged exposures.
Presently, the Fikaz Sony E-mount adapters can be found for the next lens mounts: Nikon F (G), M42, Pentax Okay, and Fuji X mount. I’ve been knowledgeable that Canon EF mount will likely be accessible sooner or later. On the time this evaluate, these adapters have a promoting value of round US$24, making them a discount. There are many decisions for lens adapters and converters in the present day. Some are top quality and others, nicely, not a lot.
I really feel as if Fikaz can now be part of the ranks of a number of the higher finances adapters at the moment available on the market. A bonus for many who are taking a look at an economical manner to make use of their lenses throughout a variety of digital camera methods.