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The Nikon Z cameras are lovely, but this cheesy little lens adapter is horrid and WAY OVERPRICED.
Avoid it it you can. But, if you're a serious Nikon photographer, you won't be able to avoid it... [tears]
(1) This thing is just an aluminum spacer with some electrical passthroughs and an aperture activation arm. It should cost $99 like the Canon equivalent, not $246. Shameless price gouging by Nikon.
(2) The manufacturing tolerances on this thing are terrible. I've had two copies now and the F-mount flange on the front was too tight on both of them. The first one was so bad I could barely rotate my lenses into the locked position. There was audible and tactile scraping for the last half of the rotation. Yuck! The second one had only a little scraping and I judged it to be "acceptable", but it was hardly the kind of precision workmanship that you expect from Nikon -- especially at this price point.
(3) This thing only provides full functionality with the newest Nikon lenses (AF-S and AF-P). If you have older "screw-drive" lenses (AF or AF-D), you won't get autofocus. And if you have classic manual focus lenses, you won't get proper metering or EXIF info because there's no aperture feeler arm. Worst of all, you'll get suboptimal results with focus peaking because the lens is stopped down during focusing. What a disappointment! I was so looking forward to using my MF lenses on the Z6, but they're useless. How sad!
(4) The tripod bulge on the bottom is poorly designed. It seems like a good idea to take some stress off the mounting flange on the camera body, BUT the big heavy lens where you need this feature already have their own tripod foot. So, the bulge on the FTZ adapter just gets in the way. Worst of all, if you're using a tripod and need to switch between native and adapted lenses, you'll have to move the tripod plate from the body to the adapter and vice versa. Because there's not enough clearance to have a tripod plate on both the FTZ adapter and the body. What an unbelievably stupid design! Didn't anybody field test this before they finalized it??
I'm getting fantastic pictures from my Z6 and the native Z lenses all seem to be brilliant, but the FTZ adapter was a big disappointment. Can't wait to get rid of it...
If you like limitation this is your adapter. If you like clicking, click click click! Do you shoot silent in the body but click the adapter. Finally, wait till you put it on a tripod mount. Have fun switching lenses. That is a minor issue, so I put it last. It does work! It just shows a lack of imagination. It can be argued that they limited features to keep it simple and avoid potential issues which accompany added features. It is in those cases that one can offer two adapters and list benefits of each so the customer gets to choose. If there are issues, the customer will still be satisfied because they did the benefit analysis on their terms. Look at Cannon’s adapter offerings. Also, there was so much talk about how the new lens mount will be the most adaptable ever, but that is all bs. I say that because Nikon does not share information that would allow adapting to other systems to protect their lens offerings. It is like a cheap salesman making promises that are theoretically possible but the policy makes every effort to assure it will never come to fruition.