F-mount experts

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by CJScott, Apr 26, 2016.

  1. CJScott

    CJScott TalkEmount Regular

    Jul 15, 2015
    Clarkston, MI
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    Carlos Scott
    I did it again. I bought a new old lens.

    I bought the Nikon 80-200 f4 since I had some eBay bucks to get rid of. Anyway, what adapter are you guys using?
    I see the cheapo ones and can't bring myself to get past the one-star reviews, and was wondering, how likely is it that the lens will get stuck?

    Also, I've never really had a problem with infinity focus, or rather, if I remember to, I adjust and don't always settle for the lens' limit; I don't think the adapter's inability to focus at infinity is that big of an issue. Or, is it?
  2. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
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    It can be, if the adapter prevents the lens from reaching infinity. I've had one do that to me on a Nikon 180mm. The eBay vendor replaced it, but the second copy behaved the same way. I finally had to buy a different brand. And before you ask, no, sorry, I don't remember the adapters' brand names.
  3. addieleman

    addieleman Passionate amateur

    Nov 13, 2012
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    Ad Dieleman
    I had the same experience with a Konica adapter that wouldn't let the Konica 40/1.8 get to infinity. I didn't bother to return it and just bought an adapter of a different design; not just a different brand name because regularly one Chinese adapter design is sold under different brand names. Most adapters allow you to focus "past infinity" which I actually like because it allows you to find the optimum focus for far-away subjects. The distance scale on the lens isn't accurate anymore so scale focussing isn't an option unless you shim the adapter/lens combo.

    I also use Novoflex adapters and they are intentionally made 0.07 mm short as I have read. A Polish manufacturer proudly claims that his adapters are very well made, which is true, and have the exact register distance; probably true as well and annoying because my Canon FD 35/2 wouldn't focus to infinity as opposed to the other FD lenses.

    Oh yeah, and I never have had one of my 150+ lenses stuck on any of my 20+ adapters.
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  4. soeren

    soeren TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Dec 12, 2014
    N├Žstved, Denmark
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    I went with the Metabones adapter, the one with the tripod mount bracket (is it called that?). Expensive but I feel its worth the money.
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  5. riskinstrument

    riskinstrument TalkEmount Regular

    Nov 20, 2014
    Dallas, Texas.
    I have fotodiox for both Olympus and Nikon. Happy with both.
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  6. CJScott

    CJScott TalkEmount Regular

    Jul 15, 2015
    Clarkston, MI
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    Carlos Scott
    Thank you all! Time to roll the dice!
  7. JonathanF2

    JonathanF2 TalkEmount Veteran

    Aug 16, 2014
    I'd try the K&F adapters on Amazon. I have one for the A7 and my M43 kit. They're built nicely and aren't too expensive (under $20 USD). Honestly I don't find the Metabones adapters as anything special. The most precise adapters I've used are from Voigtlander (allowing for accurate use of the lens distance scale), unfortunately I think they stopped making adapters for the Sony E to Nikon F mount.
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  8. JLBrown

    JLBrown New to TalkEmount

    Oct 26, 2013
    I've been using the Fotodiox brand that I've purchased from Amazon for several years and never had an issue. I like to use them on my E Series lenses.
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