Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Low-Cost Lens Solutions
Think about using a lens adapter to get lower-cost specialty lenses
There are a number of companies offering lens adapters under various brand names. The accompanying Resources box provides more sources. However, there are some major players in the adapter market. Here’s a quick rundown.
Adorama offers a wide range of adapters, including their Flashpoint Tilt Adapter for Nikon Lens to Micro 4/3. Besides allowing you to mount Nikon lenses on Micro Four Thirds System cameras, this adapter allows you to tilt the lens 12° in any direction thanks to 360° rotation capability.
CameraQuest distributes an extensive range of adapters to mate a wide number of SLR and DSLR bodies with a wide range of lenses. Their website includes lots of good adapter information.
Novoflex also offers a wide range of adapters, including some to fit popular SLR lenses to Samsung’s new NX10 mirrorless camera.
Four Thirds System pioneer Olympus offers adapters to use Four Thirds System lenses on Micro Four Thirds System cameras, and old manual-focus Olympus Zuiko OM-system lenses on both Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds System cameras. With Four Thirds System lenses that are compatible with contrast-based autofocusing, AF capability is retained.
Micro Four Thirds System pioneer Panasonic offers adapters to mount Four Thirds System and Lecia M- and R-mount lenses on Micro Four Thirds System cameras, while retaining most, if not all, camera features.
Sony provides an adapter to mount Sony Alpha-mount DSLR lenses (and legacy Minolta Maxxum lenses) on its new Alpha NEX-3 and NEX-5 mirrorless cameras.
Zoerk offers adapters to mount medium-format lenses on 35mm and DSLR bodies, as well as adapters that provide shift and tilt capability with enlarger lenses on film and DSLRs.
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