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Fotodiox FUSION Allows Full Control of Nikon Lenses On Sony E-Mount Cameras

By Justin Heyes on November 22nd 2016

For quite some time now Sony users have been able to use lenses from the Canon EOS line of cameras with full aperture, autofocus, and image stabilization. Canon lenses are electronic and the adapters provided by companies like Metabones and Fotodiox translated the electronic signals. Most Nikon lenses rely on a physical lever to open and close the aperture, therefore most of the adapters on the market were ‘dumb’ adapters that were manual focus only with a physical ring to control the aperture. If photographers wanted to shoot on Nikon glass with auto-focus they were out of luck, until recently.


Fotodiox Pro announced a new Nikon to Sony lens adapter with full electronic control for aperture and auto-focus. Fotodiox’s Fusion adapter allows Sony shooters to control the aperture straight from the camera body like any other native Sony lens. Fotodiox calls this technology the Fusion Drive (a fusion of electronic and mechanical).


The adapter allows electronic connection of any AF-I or AF-S Nikon lens for full autofocus and vibration reduction, while transmitting EXIF metadata to the camera. While the adapter will work on any E-mount camera, Fotodiox recommends only those with phase detection auto-focus like the A6000 or the A7R II. Older Sony cameras will still auto-focus, but significantly slower.

nikon-f-sony-e-fotodiox-fusionThe Fotodiox Fusion Smart AF Adapter for Nikon F to Sony E-mount is available from B&H for $370

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Justin Heyes wants to live in a world where we have near misses and absolute hits; great love and small disasters. Starting his career as a gaffer, he has done work for QVC and The Rachel Ray Show, but quickly fell in love with photography. When he’s not building arcade machines, you can find him at local flea markets or attending car shows.

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  1. adam sanford

    In time, Sony folks will see these adapters as what they are — a neat parlor trick for ancient glass and a way to get people from the big two to opt into an A7 platform without any pro glass.

    But as time goes on, Sony needs to bring its own glass to the table. AF simplicity / speed / accuracy / consistency suffers with adaptors.

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  2. Jaques Scheepers

    I have all Nikon Gear and its time to upgrade my Nikon Bodies (D3s & D4). How does image quality and especially High ISO compare to Nikon Cameras ? Wondering if its time to start looking at Sony cameras for wedding photography ?

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  3. Valters Pelns

    Only reason why I would buy Sony over Nikon body is silent mode of A7s, A7sII, but it’s not fully supported because of AF system. Sad.

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