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Author Topic: Nikkor lenses on Canon bodies ... new adapter for Nikkor G lenses from Novoflex  (Read 3154 times)

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http://www.dpreview.com/news/1007/10072602novoflexeosnikntadapter.asp


"Novoflex releases Nikon G to Canon EOS mount adapters

July 2010: Novoflex, Germany's premier manufacturer of quality digital and analog accessories, announces
the availability of a new lens adapter to mount all Nikon lenses, including the G series, to any Canon EOS
mount camera body.

The new adapter is made to very precise and high standards to ensure exact infinity focus on the
Canon camera. With the EOS/NIK-NT adapter automatic exposure metering via stop-down metering is
possible as is aperture priority auto exposure. The new adapter features a lever on the side of the adapter to let users control the aperture on G series lenses. For users of non-G series Nikon lenses Novoflex also offers their original Nikon to Canon adapter, the EOS/NIK.

The adapter's high precision manufacturing assures precise infinity focus and ensures that the
lenses deliver their full quality to the digital chip.

Novoflex also offers a full range of lens to body adapters for most 35mm and DSLR cameras as
well as for Leica M cameras. Also available are adapters to use most 35mm SLR and DSLR lenses as
well as Leica M lenses on MFT camera bodies! Novoflex also offers a range of adapters for the new
Samsung NX cameras and will soon introduce new adapters for other camera systems.

These adapters allow the switching of lenses from one camera system to another as well as the
use of lenses from Hasselblad, Pentax and Mamiya lenses on 35mm SLR and DSLR cameras as well as
MFT and Samsung NX camera bodies!

The adapters are available now from HP Marketing Corp. dealers in the USA."

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"http://www.16-9.net/nikon_g/"

Now produced in collaboration with Novoflex

Canon users can access the widest range of lenses for specific tasks: Canon, Leica, Olympus, Zeiss – even Nikon – glass can easily be adapted. Unfortunately most of the best (and all the new) Nikkor lenses are designated 'G' and have no aperture ring, Lenses like the Nikon 14-24mm f2.8 G have therefore previously been practically unavailable to Canon professionals, despite being greatly superior optically.

This adaptor allows you to mount any Nikon G lens on any Canon body, and it reclaims the functionality of the 'missing' aperture ring. Manual iris operation is particularly suited to the needs of videographers. All the current and future Nikkors* (including the 24mm f1.4 and 16-35mm f4) can now be used on Canon 5D, 1Ds, or 1 series cameras with full manual control – any aperture can be preset and held by mechanisms within the adaptor.

Operation

Once the V3 adaptor is attached to a Nikon lens, it can be mounted on a Canon body just like a Canon lens. The adaptor can be swapped in seconds between different Nikon F or G lenses. The optional comms chip allows through-the-lens focus confirmation (red or black square and beep) just like a Canon lens. This chip is programmable: allowing you to manually EXIF-encode a focal length and aperture value in each capture for image identification in post-production.

All possible apertures can be selected steplessly using the blue control lever: there are no detents limiting operation to f2.8 / f4 / f5.6, etc. The selected aperture is friction-fixed until manually repositioned.

Infinity focus is perfectly achieved. We strongly recommend the use of LiveView as a focusing aid with this adaptor.

VR, auto-focus and auto-aperture functions are not retained: operation of the lens is entirely manual, similar to large format lenses: a scene is typically composed and focused with the aperture wide open, then manually stopped down to expose. Canon cameras meter through the lens; full automatic metering is continuously available.

The adaptor does not feature a weather-sealing gasket like the latest Nikon G lenses: therefore its environmental resistance is slightly less than when used with a Nikon body. Please note that It is necessary to remove a small part of the gasket to mount the adaptor.

Testimonials

The 16:9 Nikon G adaptor has been used to shoot advertising for Maserati, weddings for celebrities, wildlife for the BBC Nature Unit, video for Red, and tests inside R&D HQ at Nikon Japan. Our customer list includes some of the world's most highly regarded photographers on every continent who have used the adaptor, literally, from pole to pole.

History

We released the world's first commercially available Nikon G to Canon adaptor on Christmas Day, 2007. Version 1 was our modification of a Nikon F Pro adaptor made for Fotodiox. With the locking mechanism removed, the adapted lens rotated securely under the mounting blades, constrained to a 10mm range of movement by modifications made to the adaptor's side wall. This provided just enough movement for our stop-down lever to actuate the iris. It worked: we shot the first ever Nikon 14-24mm images with Canon bodies with the V1 Rotating Adaptor, and hundreds of units remain in active duty.

However, parts supply problems and a desire to improve the quality and durability of the adaptor led us to Rayqual in Japan, who make outstandingly engineered camera equipment. Using their higher quality adaptors as a base for our modifications enabled us to launch the V2 adaptor which featured a number of unique CNC machined components that were hand-finished and painstakingly assembled by a single, highly-qualified technician in England. The V2 was more complicated, much more robust and far nicer to use, but also more expensive and again bedevilled by supply problems involving manufacturers in three (sometimes four) different counttries, and time-consuming local production. We couldn't make them fast enough to keep pace with demand, and waiting times were long.

So we approached Novoflex in Germany (who we believe make the world's finest adaptors) with a view to manufacturing the V2 entirely bespoke, from the ground up, and so the V3 was born. Version 3 is everything we wanted from the adaptor in the beginning: not least: no more supply problems, no more time consuming modifications, no more waiting lists. And we were able to improve machining quality still further, provide a more easily understood scale for aperture control, provde seamless backward compatibility with Nikon F lenses, and minimise needed lens modification.

Economies of scale mean that we are now able to offer a better adaptor, always in stock, without a price increase. The un-chipped 16:9/Novoflex V3 Nikon G adaptor is also available worldwide from bricks-and-mortar Novoflex distributors, or direct from us online.

We exclusively offer the AF-confirm modification for orders placed through this web page. Worldwide shipping is now just £4.95. Next-day delivery to anywhere in the UK, EU and USA is almost always available for a surcharge.

 

How Much?

Version 3.0 Nikon G Adaptor: from £160
Upgrade to V3.1 (with AF-confirmation chip): £30
AF-activating pin modification (required by 1Ds Mark I / II): £5
Postage: £4.95 flat rate worldwide
UK and EU countries + VAT at 17.5%
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This bit of news might be of interest to Nikon shooters who want to use their Nikkor lenses on Canon bodies (e.g.,,5D Mk II) or to Canon users who would like to use some Nikkor lenses (e.g., Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G) where Canon has no counterpart lenses.

Until Canon releases the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 IS, the Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G has also performed very well on the 1Ds Mk III and the 5D Mk II, outclassing even the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 on these two bodies.

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How about Canon lens to Nikon Body adapter?  Well, just thinking why no support for Nikon bodies.
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Hi Doc,

It won't work.  It's the way the Nikon F-mount system has been designed and maintained over the years.  This gives us the benefit of being able to use very old pre-dSLR MF lenses ... and also keeps us from using Canon lenses. 

Canon changed its lens mount some years back which resulted in many old Canon lenses becoming incompatible with its new photo-gears products going forward. This angered many Canon users who had a large collection of Canon lenses (myself included) but the changes also allowed Canon enough leeway to enable lens design that can open as much as f/1.2 (e.g., 50mm and 85mm) whereas Nikon is mainly f/1.4 because of the limitations of the Nikon F-Mount.

This arrangement suits Nikon commercially just fine.  It allows its Nikkor lenses to be used in Canon bodies but not the other way around. 

The lack of good Canon ultra-wide angle lenses has led many Canon users to adopt the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 for use with Canon FF mainly using the adapter mentioned in this thread.  The next most adopted Nikkor lens is the Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 which has been shown to be better than its Canon counterpart (not expected to continue for long once Canon releases its rumored 24-70mm f/2.8 IS) although in far fewer numbers than the 14-24mm f/2.8.

Well, what this means is that using this and similar adapters. we can use our Nikkor lenses with Canon bodies.  This is even easier when using Nikkor lenses with aperture rings as the adapters are inexpensive and quite easily available.  The removal of the aperure ring in the Nikkor G-lenses makes the G-lenses more difficult to adapt and requires specialized adapters such as mentioned in this thread.

I had in the past cosidered using my Nikkor lenses with the 5D Mk II then later, the 550D as a way to gain entry into 1080p HD-video but held off in anticipation that the Panasonic GH2 may bring even more capabilities in HD-video.  Now that Nikon will be releasing a full 1080p HD-video capable dSLR, I think it's better for me to stay with Nikon as I would not have to worry about different chargers, batteries, and mastering a new system from scratch.  I am glad that I waited.

OK ... signing off now and will be out for some time to focus on work!    ;D

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Thanks Larry. ;)

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Since we have already started discussed this, I might as well add that Canon old mount was known as "FD".  The current Canon mount system is denominated as "EF" (our FX) while the APS-C version of this is "EF-S" (our DX).  Nikon still uses the F-mount till today.

While the Canon EF lenses can be mounted on crop and full-frame Canon bodies just as we can use Nikon FX lenses on our Nikon FX and DX bodies, Canon has a limitation on mounting EF-S lenses on Canon full-frame bodies.

Unlike Nikon where our DX lenses can be used with FX bodies (with the user free to choose between with reduced image coverage or reduced resolution), Canon EF-S lenses cannot be mounted on full-frame bodies.  

In a pinch, we can use DX lenses on FX bodies (like the Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 DX).  Canon owners cannot do that with their EF-S lenses.  

So in addition to Nikkor lenses being mountable on Canon bodies but not the other way around, Nikkor lens owners still enjoy other advantage that Canon lens owners do not.
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