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I have used the adapter and Z7 with both Nikkor G and D lens with no problem. I actually like the focus peaking a lot for manual focusing.
I have also used it with a Sigma 12-24mm, 105mm macro, 100-400mm and a Tamron 70-300mm.
They have all worked fine except with point focus settings and sometimes VC and OS on.
it´s no doubt when Nikon announced the FTZ adapter, we all knew its gonna work great with existing Nikkor lens. for the past 2 decades, I´ve been used AF-S Nikkor lens, so ´´most´´ of my lens has no issue to connect to the new Z body via FTZ. but sadly, few of mine unique collection that doesn´t have the SWM (non AF-S) can´t autofocus.
but without the focus motor embedded into the adapter, surely simplify the construction and less issue might occur. Nikon should make a ´´Pro´´ FTZ adapter in near future, and the new adapter should include focus motor and let those AF-D lens re-live again.
I have been shooting Canon for 30yrs. I am now 71 yrs old and it is hard to carry a lot of weight when hiking, therefore I was looking to switch to a mirrorless system. Tried Sony but diid not like the ergonomics or the controls. Tried Canon´s R system and did not like the controls.
Tried the Nikon Z7 system and have found it to be the best of both worlds.
I shoot wild life and landscapes so I needed a long lens for my wild life, therefore I purchased the FTZ and the new AF-S Nikkor 500mm F/5.6 PF ED VR. The FTZ works great with the 50mm lens, it also works great with the 1.4 extender installed.
The FTZ enables me to use glass I have acquired for my D3x, D4s, D810, Df on the Z7 without loss of performance in any way. I have used my 200 2.0 with the adapter as well as 105 1.4, 70x200 lll, 300 pf4, 28x300, 50x1.4, 35x1.4, 14x24 2.8, 24x1.4 and have not experienced any negatives with outcomes. Very pleased with results knowing I have immediate access to great choices for any situation without having to repurchase. I have also used the 1.4 and 2.0 multiplier with total satisfaction as well
The FTZ is essential if you want to use F mount lenses on Z6 or Z7. I would not have bought in to the Z series without this adapter !
It has no glass, so does not degrade the optical quality of the lens , it just acts as a spacer with pass through contacts.
All good so far.
However, it does not include a ´screw´ type motor. Therefore, many old AF lenses and some currently sold lenses (80-200 F2.8, 135 DC f2) will not auto focus on the Z bodies.
As a replacement for 135 F2 does not even appear on the Z lens roadmap yet, and there is no fast 135mm alternative from Nikon, this is a big negative. I believe incorporating a focus motor into a slightly larger adapter would be possible and desirable.
The FTZ is very similar to the now discontinued Nikon FT1 (the F mount to 1 series adapter) and the FTZ has one major improvement over the FT1 : The FTZ allows ALL the autofocus points to be used. The FT1 only allowed the center autofocus point to be used on Nikon 1 bodies, clearly this was not a technical limitation and could be seen as a cynical marketing one, it certainly spoiled the user experience with the Nikon 1 series and I am so glad that the FTZ does not have this limitation.
However, both the FT1 and the FTZ also share a huge disadvantage.
To remove them from the Z6/Z7 they must rotate towards the grip bulge and , because of their design many many tripod release plates can not remain in place and have to be removed each time the adapter is detached. This is a huge negative if you value tripods and want to use both F and Z glass.
So, the FTZ is an essential accessory for Nikon users purchasing Z bodies. However, the design does not play nicely with tripod quick release plates, and because there is no built in focus motor, several old (and current) lenses loose the ability to autofocus.
I have been using the FTZ adapter on the Nikon Z6 since November 2018. This adapter has allowed me to use all my current Nikon glass without any problem at all. Fully functions between camera and lenses.
I´ve been shooting with the remarkable Z 24-70 F4 S, and haven´t had much opportunity to use my F lenses. But I´ve mounted My 70-200 G Vr, my 50mm 1.8 G, my 105mm VR Nikons with no problem nor Glitches. My Tamron 24-70 2.8 G2 worked with a software update. All with no noticeable decline in Optical quality. I´ve yet to mpount my Tokina 16-28, I need to do some research as to weather it will work properly.
I´m well Pleased/
The adapter is an excellent, ergonomic tool for Nikon lens. It doesn´t add that much weight to the camera.
OK let me start by saying that I purchased a Z6 and the adapter when they became available. I already own a D750 and a bunch of Nikon glass. I purchased the Z6,FTZ and Atomos Ninja V to shoot video. I love the Z6 and have not had any issues with the adapter while taking pictures. Now while recording video and if shooting in AF mode the non native lenses are noisy and the adapter seems to amplify some of the noise. Most of what I video shoot is in manual mode, but if you plan to shoot B-roll for example and just want to run and gun the noise will be picked up by the onboard mic and external camera mounted microphones. Apart from the noise the adapter works well. I have tried some of the new mount lenses at the store and they are definitely quiet. Big difference. So if you are going to use the FTZ adapter with some F mount AF-S lenses this is something you will have to work around. I have tried my 35mm, 50mm,105mm, 70-200mm, 28-70mm ED, all with different results but all with some sort of noise. I hope Nikon is listening, maybe with a few tweaks they can resolve the issue.
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