Fujifilm X mount adapter for Nikon lenses

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The beauty of mirrorless cameras is not only they are smaller size and weight, but also the ability to use some of the best lenses like Canon, Nikon, Carl Zesis, Leica via a converter adapter. To understand how mirrorless adapters work, you need to understand flange distance. Flange distance is the distance between the lens mount and the image plane in the camera. Each camera manufacturer designs its DSLRs or mirrorless cameras with a specific flange distance. If you wish to use a lens made for another camera on your camera, you have to consider this distance. Mirrorless, interchangeable-lens cameras have shorter flange distances because they don’t have the bulky mirror box found in DSLRs. So these cameras can be used with an adapter fitted in between the camera and the lens to make up to the larger flange distance that the lens is designed for.  On the other hand, when the flange distance of the lens is less than that of the specific camera mount, the lens won’t focus all the way to infinity and has limited focus range. The below table show some of the common camera mounts and their designed flange distance.

Mount Flange Distance
Nikon 1 17mm
Fujifilm X 17.7mm
Canon EF-M 18mm
Sony E 18mm
m4/3 19.25mm
Leica M 27.80mm
Canon EF 44mm
Canon EF-S 44mm
Nikon F 46.50mm
Pentax 645 70.87mm

For this post, we will take a look at some of the Fujifilm X mount adapters for Nikon lenses. Pretty much all of the adapters on the market are now made of metal/brass. Their build quality is surprisingly good and because they don’t have any glass in it, you don’t need to worry about optical performance. Most of these adapters do not contain any electronics, so AF function is stripped away and you will need to rely on MF. With Nikon lenses, there is an advantage of using some of the current AF-D lenses which still has an aperture ring. This means you can control the aperture on the lens. For modern Nikon G lenses which no long have aperture rings, you will need an adapter than has a built in aperture ring.

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  With adapter aperture ring                                                                                                     Without adapter aperture ring

If you want to make use of your existing lenses from another camera system or want to use some of those classic lenses from Carl Zesis, Leica  and Viogtlander, a mount adapter is a must have item. It is pretty simple to use- Stopped down metering still works with the adapter and through live exposure preview on LCD, you can see the exact exposure. MF is quite easy when you have peaking mode and magnification view turned on. The built in adapter aperture control does not specify or register which f stop you are using, but it has a scale as a relative measure.

To use some of the special Nikon lenses that I have, I got myself a Fujifilm X mount adapter for Nikon lenses from B&H. I can turn a Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 into a 21-36mm f/2.8 (35mm equiv.) on the Fujifilm X-E2 and a Nikon 24mm f/1.4 into a street photography lens 36mm f/1.4. 

I also have a Leica M mount to Fujifilm X adapter for the Viogtlander 35mm f/1.4 which gives me a  35mm equiv. of a 52.5mm. I love using this lens, it is small, beautiful crafted and the manual focus ring is one of the best kind (ultra smooth).

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About Kent Yu

Kent is a professional wedding and portrait photographer based in Wellington, New Zealand. He and his team specialise in modern and contemporary weddings. Kent has his work published in international magazines and is a regular author to a number of photographic publication. He is fascinated by photographic equipment and enjoys showcasing the gear used in creating his images. You can find him on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Google+
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