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Posted by jk: Fri Jan 15th, 2021 13:07 1st Post
I am posting this as a FYI as I know that some of us have Fuji X series cameras as well as Nikon cameras.

This adapter adapts a Nikon AFS lens to work in full AF mode on a Fujifilm X series interchangeable lens camera body.


I found that Fringer we due to release an adapter that allowed me to use my Nikon AFS in full AF mode on my Fujis over Christmas so I went to their website and checked the specifications and details.
https://www.fringeradapter.com 

file:///Users/jonathanknights/Downloads/NFFX_Manual_V1.10.en.pdf


It looked very good, and so it has proved to be now I have it in my hands.
I was reticent with the current Brexit problems with customs, etc. to order directly from China.


I then searched to see it it was on on Amazon UK and was amazed to find it already listed.
So I ordered it via Amazon UK on 3rd January 2012 and received it today 15th January 2021.

https://www.amazon.co.uk 


Full AF functionality is claimed when used with Nikon AFS lens on the following Fuji cameras.....X-S10, X-T4, X-T3, X-Pro3, X-H1, X-T30, X-T200, X-T100.

I will also test on my X-T2, X-T1 X-E2 and X-Pro2 and even though it probably wont work on my X-Pro1. If it works then I will report it, otherwise it will be as advertised (N.B. Fringer do not claim it will work with these cameras).



I have tested on my Fuji XH1.


Here are my thoughts.

It is outstanding.
I just put it on the XH1 and it worked just like on the D500 or D850.
So far so good.

Of course on the XT3 and XH1 cameras I now have more (25/26)MP that on the Nikon D500!

Full EXIF data from the lens are captured into the camera RAW/JPG image.

Unfortunately my tests on the Fuji XH1 were done today in very poor light conditions so the ISO was 6400 or 5000.

Since there is no optics in the adapter, only an electronics interface for the lens to camera, to provide AF and aperture control.
You can use AFD or older lenses but they do not provide AF but do allow full use in manual exposure mode.

From the manual.
"For Nikon AF-D lenses, please set aperture ring on the lens to the minimum position (maximum F number). Or the lever inside the lens may interfere with that of the adapter when controlling diaphragm.
You may set shutter speed through the command dials on camera. During view finding, when environment brightness changes, the lens aperture blades may move frequently with a minor noise and brightness change of LCD or EVF. It only occurs when both AF and aperture priority are enabled. That’s a unique behaviour of the Fujifilm mirrorless. Native XF lenses behave the same. But their aperture motor moves so fast and silently that you will never notice. However, SLR lenses’ aperture moves slower and noisier. If you want to avoid it, manually set the shutter speed. Of course, you may still set shutter speed to auto if that’s tolerable. Be noted that if “PREVIEW EXP./WB IN MANUAL MODE” in the camera menu is set to “OFF”, the described issue may occur even the shutter speed is set manually."


The adapter ships with the latest firmware available so no need for updates before use.

I have an Arca quick release plate fitted on both the XT3 and XH1.
I have tested the XT3 fit with the XT3 and it works no problem, and the same with the XH1 and its battery grip.
The tripod hole on the adapter is somewhat masked with the battery grip. but I would suggest that you wouldnt use the adapter or the camera body trip screw as this is the low mass part of the setup if you are using a long telephoto. I always use the telephoto tripod adapter and use an Arca quick release plate on my telephotos.

So far no issues or hiccups with this adapter.  :-)



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Posted by Eric: Fri Jan 15th, 2021 17:36 2nd Post
jk wrote:
I am posting this as a FYI as I know that some of us have Fuji X series cameras as well as Nikon cameras.

This adapter adapts a Nikon AFS lens to work in full AF mode on a Fujifilm X series interchangeable lens camera body.


I found that Fringer we due to release an adapter that allowed me to use my Nikon AFS in full AF mode on my Fujis over Christmas so I went to their website and checked the specifications and details.
https://www.amazon.co.uk 

file:///Users/jonathanknights/Downloads/NFFX_Manual_V1.10.en.pdf


It looked very good, and so it has proved to be now I have it in my hands.
I was reticent with the current Brexit problems with customs, etc. to order directly from China.


I then searched to see it it was on on Amazon UK and was amazed to find it already listed.
So I ordered it via Amazon UK on 3rd January 2012 and received it today 15th January 2021.

https://www.amazon.co.uk 


Full AF functionality is claimed when used with Nikon AFS lens on the following Fuji cameras.....X-S10, X-T4, X-T3, X-Pro3, X-H1, X-T30, X-T200, X-T100.

I will also test on my X-T2, X-T1 X-E2 and X-Pro2 and even though it probably wont work on my X-Pro1. If it works then I will report it, otherwise it will be as advertised (N.B. Fringer do not claim it will work with these cameras).



I have tested on my Fuji XH1.


Here are my thoughts.

It is outstanding.
I just put it on the XH1 and it worked just like on the D500 or D850.
So far so good.

Of course on the XT3 and XH1 cameras I now have more (25/26)MP that on the Nikon D500!

Full EXIF data from the lens are captured into the camera RAW/JPG image.

Unfortunately my tests on the Fuji XH1 were done today in very poor light conditions so the ISO was 6400 or 5000.

Since there is no optics in the adapter, only an electronics interface for the lens to camera, to provide AF and aperture control.
You can use AFD or older lenses but they do not provide AF but do allow full use in manual exposure mode.

From the manual.
"For Nikon AF-D lenses, please set aperture ring on the lens to the minimum position (maximum F number). Or the lever inside the lens may interfere with that of the adapter when controlling diaphragm.
You may set shutter speed through the command dials on camera. During view finding, when environment brightness changes, the lens aperture blades may move frequently with a minor noise and brightness change of LCD or EVF. It only occurs when both AF and aperture priority are enabled. That’s a unique behaviour of the Fujifilm mirrorless. Native XF lenses behave the same. But their aperture motor moves so fast and silently that you will never notice. However, SLR lenses’ aperture moves slower and noisier. If you want to avoid it, manually set the shutter speed. Of course, you may still set shutter speed to auto if that’s tolerable. Be noted that if “PREVIEW EXP./WB IN MANUAL MODE” in the camera menu is set to “OFF”, the described issue may occur even the shutter speed is set manually."


The adapter ships with the latest firmware available so no need for updates before use.

I have an Arca quick release plate fitted on both the XT3 and XH1.
I have tested the XT3 fit with the XT3 and it works no problem, and the same with the XH1 and its battery grip.
The tripod hole on the adapter is somewhat masked with the battery grip. but I would suggest that you wouldnt use the adapter or the camera body trip screw as this is the low mass part of the setup if you are using a long telephoto. I always use the telephoto tripod adapter and use an Arca quick release plate on my telephotos.

So far no issues or hiccups with this adapter.  :-)
Thanks Jonathan.
Although I dispensed with Fuji a couple of years back I have been mulling over the re-entry into mirrorless.

I have divested myself of my Nikon DX gear and currently having a look at the Sony system.

But I haven’t ruled out a return to Fuji at some stage if the overall performance has been improved over my last experience.  I enjoyed using the Fuji XT3 with its lighter weight cameras and lenses but it just wasnt responsive enough for me to do bird photography and even quick street photography. The wake up time was too long and the battery drain when left on was too great. Maybe that was me. But it was an ideal camera for general walking around photography.

It would be interesting to see how the Nikon 300 & 500PF lenses perform on (say) an Xpro3 body, with the extra DX multiplication. My other Nikon lenses don’t give any other advantage to be used on the Fuji.

Looking back I took some nice sharp images on the XT3. Perhaps I didn’t persevere enough. 🤔



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Posted by jk: Fri Jan 15th, 2021 19:56 3rd Post
If in doubt then go Sony but the CSM menu system and user interface are rubbish compared with Nikon and they dont do firmware upgrades they just release a new model.  But when it works it does work exceptionally well.

For me I think APS-C (DX) is the new FX so it is about your skills rather than what the camera can do.  Just look at what Jeff gets out of his 4/3 format with his shots.  If you capture it right then everything is less work.
Also sensors' IQ have improved considerably in the last 5 years.

Take a look at the XT4 with its better battery and has IBIS.  I have the XH1 and XT3 with latest firmware so AF is pretty good.  Not as good as D850 or D500 but certainly as good as D3.
I am wondering if a Z6 or Z6ii might work for you, or you may prefer more MP.  There will be many low use Z7 units around as people move up to Z7ii.   Personally I see no big difference in functionality for Z7ii so I wont be doing that move. 
A Z8 might tempt me but I would need to see its specification and size.  I dont want another D3/D3S sized camera.  I think the paranoia around the single slot XQD is just that.  If you are a wedding photographer you tend to be a bit paranoid as there is only one opportunity.



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Posted by Eric: Sat Jan 16th, 2021 08:48 4th Post
jk wrote:
If in doubt then go Sony but the CSM menu system and user interface are rubbish compared with Nikon and they dont do firmware upgrades they just release a new model.  But when it works it does work exceptionally well.

For me I think APS-C (DX) is the new FX so it is about your skills rather than what the camera can do.  Just look at what Jeff gets out of his 4/3 format with his shots.  If you capture it right then everything is less work.
Also sensors' IQ have improved considerably in the last 5 years.

Take a look at the XT4 with its better battery and IBIS.  I have the XH1 and XT3 with latest firmware so AF is pretty good.  Not as good as D850 or D500 but certainly as good as D3.
I actually find the Sony user interface somewhat similar to Fuji, although I agree the menu system is a bit heavy. 
However, I only need 6 readily accessible parameters on a camera and these are all configurable on the external buttons.Most of the stuff in the menus I will never use.

Surely the key to Jeff’s 4/3 success is the 2x multiplication factor enabling greater frame filling ...and Jeff’s innate skill!
Without the onboard multiplication factor we would have to resort to post process cropping and DX images don’t crop as well as FX.

The 4/3 also compounds the wide end problem already seen with DX.
If 14-24 is you photography flavour, FX will always win out. Whereas there is no doubt the lighter weight 4/3 multiplication factor is more useful,  carrying camera equipment out and about for wildlife.



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Posted by jk: Sat Jan 16th, 2021 12:59 5th Post
@Eric Re your post.............
"Surely the key to Jeff’s 4/3 success is the 2x multiplication factor enabling greater frame filling ...and Jeff’s innate skill!

Without the onboard multiplication factor we would have to resort to post process cropping and DX images don’t crop as well as FX."


Exactly.
But you have the technical skills in Photoshop and camera so it balances out but then there is the local knowledge and fieldcraft.  If you practice daily then you gain those skills maybe not at teh same level but.  No gain without pain/cold/perspiration....


As I have said before the cameras are usually way better than the operator (speaking personally!). 
If it fits well in your hands and the controls work for you then it is a good camera for you.  I love the control layout of the XT3 so I have no intention of changing at present.  The new Fuji X-S10 is more Sony like but I dont like the control layout but could live with it but it is not as intuitive to me as the XT3.  I would say to you that the Nikon 500mm f4 PF will sit very nicely on a Z7 or Z6 with the FTZ adapter and you wont notice any difference except you are then mirrorless.  I know you didnt like the EVF of the Fuji but maybe the Z7/Z6 EVF suits you better.

My main issue with having Fuji and Nikon is I would prefer to have only one camera system with a set of lenses that worked across all the cameras.  The Fringer adapter gives me this as I can use modern AFS Nikon lenses on the Fuji.  I dont need the reverse as I have enough Nikon kit.
This is one reason why if I was thinking of Sony I would also look at Canon as well.  They it would all be a question of why not get rid of all and go to a single make.


I certainly wont be getting a 8x10" in order to try to produce Ansel Adams photos!



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Posted by jk: Sat Jan 16th, 2021 13:57 6th Post
On the Finger adapter for Nikon to Fuji and getting AF.  It works pretty well but it only works with lenses that are fully AFS G.  So my 400mm f2.8 AFS ED II which has an aperure ring works but it is hesitant compared to my Nikon 200-500 f5.6 AFS G VR.
You cant really expect native performance when you are using intermediary electronics but it does very well with the latest Nikon lenses on the Fuji XT3, XH1.  More modern XT4 and X-S10 may work better.



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Posted by jk: Mon Jan 18th, 2021 21:50 7th Post
Updated firmware to v1.10 and now many of the more sluggish lenses respond well.
Richard_M has one as well that he has just got so I expect he will have some pictures for us from his XT3 with the adapter using the Nikon 200-500mm f5.6 AFS from sunny Oz.  The weather here in Cornwall is so grey and dull.  More of the same tomorrow, rainy, dull and grey.



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