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Rumored Nikon to Sony FE AF Adapter Nearing Production

By Anthony Thurston on June 18th 2015

For quite a while, Canon shooters have been able to use their EF and EF-S glass on their Sony E and FE mount cameras with full aperture and AF functionality. Nikon shooters, on the other hand, have not; having been relegated to ‘dumb’ adapters that were really only suitable for old vintage manual focus lenses with aperture rings.

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If you wanted to use your new Nikon G lenses, you had to buy these gimmicky adapters that had manual aperture rings that were more trouble than they were worth. And AF, forget about it. There have long been rumors of a Nikon-to-Sony AF adapter, but as of yet, nothing has ever come through.

Some images and a new rumor report indicate that a Chinese company may be close to bringing such an adapter into production. But, unfortunately, this is all that we really know about the adapter. I know I am excited to see such an adapter come out, and I know many Nikon shooters who would be as well.

This also comes at an interesting time, with the A7R II now taking pre-orders, expected to be shipping next month. Wouldn’t it be something if this adapter hit the ground running with the a7R II and its incredible new AF system?

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Joram J

    It could make switching systems easier for some people. But from how i see it, it makes it also possible to use multiple systems without a massive amount of lenses. More versatile if you will. More wider options in lens choice. Cherry picking the best lenses for the job.

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    • Kyle Farris

      This is the reason for me. I currently use a mix of a couple Nikon D600s and an A7s for wedding videography work. We were using all Nikon bodies and F-mount lenses before the A7s. Since the A7s supported Nikon glass with an adapter, we have had no need to purchase any Sony glass at all.

      The fact that I could have my VR Nikon lenses STABILIZED on my A7s would be a really big plus for me, though. I don’t really care about the AF as much, but, that’s nice too, I guess. When taking photos with the A7s and a Nikon lens, it would also be nice to get the proper aperture and focal length in the EXIF data as well.

      In other words, I’m really excited about the possibility of this adapter becoming a reality.

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  2. Robert Pichler

    If you already decide to jump ship to Sony mirrorless, the adaptors are irrelevant since the whole point is to reduce the size and weight of your kit without sacrificing the image quality and that ain’t happening with attaching a nikkor 24-70 f2.8 to your A7RII :-)

    IMHO, either I make the full switch or no switch. Call me traditional, but I miss the point, budget aside.

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    • oishi nekotama

      there are people like me that have mirrorless as secondary camera for:

      1. Fun, adapting vintage lenses is fun
      2. Video recording
      3. Travelling

      when i travel i used the smallest combo i can use on the camera, but when i do video work i will use the best lenses i can get, so adapters are still usefull for people me.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      ‘The whole point is to reduce size and weight’ – for you maybe. I could care less about that. It’s a nice benefit, being able to go smaller and lighter if I want, but that is not even in my top 5 reasons for choosing to shoot mirrorless.

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    • Steve Madden

      Budget is my reason!! :)

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  3. Austin Swenson

    Adapters would be nice, I don’t know if I see this becoming a huge deal though…

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  4. Steve Madden

    Now this could help with a switch over to mirrorless!

    Nikon really need to pull there finger out and make a decent mirrorless camera like the Sony A7 range.
    Design a new mount for it and make an OEM adaptor for AF-S lenses!
    Perfect! :)

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  5. Jesper Ek

    The best of so many words into one… Would be great!

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