Do you want to make your camera rig even more flexible? Lens adapters can open your world up to a range of possibilities, it doesn’t matter if the glass you’re after is strange, traditional, or just no longer built anymore. These magical camera adapters can make camany lenses fit on cameras they weren’t assembled for.
Lens adapters allow you to use an assortment of great alternative lenses—including some truly unusual optics and some classics that are so incomparable that you may wonder why they aren’t still manufactured. Although the lenses made for your camera may be great, having choices is nice.
Not every lens is adaptable to each camera arrangement. Generally, adapters are made for use with older lenses that have physical aperture rings, which must be changed by the user. Many modern lenses, have electronic aperture manipulation that won’t work on other cameras. Adapter producers have worked around this conundrum by incorporating a physical actuator for the lens aperture built into the adapter. You still have to physically set the aperture, only by adjusting the adapter, and not the lens itself.
Pros and Cons
Since adapted lenses cancel our many of the camera’s automatic features, they slow you down and consequently may not be appropriate for certain uses, such as sports and wildlife photography. But then again, landscapes, architecture, and other specialities that don’t rely heavily on autofocus are well-suited to altered lenses.
Given the clear problems involved with adapting alternate lenses, and the readily available high-quality lenses for current camera arrangements, why should you then use alternative lenses with adapters? Some of these reasons include:
Price: Alternate lenses can be inexpensive compared to their unadapted counterparts, occasionally notably so as well. Many are out of production now, but even so, they are still readily obtainable second hand for a reasonable price.
Quality: Don’t accept as true that your camera manufacturers lenses are the best money can buy. In fact, there are plenty of other lenses that may be better to unadapted lenses too.
Gap-filling: Even though the lenses for camera systems are fairly extensive in number, sometimes they have holes in the series. Other lenses frequently fill these gaps, particularly for specific uses at times.
Brand change: If you’ve changed camera systems, but would hate to drop your collection of ‘exclusive’ lenses from your old gear, you might be able to use an adapter and keep using them. This is true when changing between manufacturers (such as from Nikon to Canon) or from some systems within the same brand on occasion. You might not want to give up some of your favourite classic lenses, and these adapters will make it possible to keep on using them.