I need to make a correction to my initial blog. Steve Shovlar has indeed brought out the Adaptimax but the product was actually invented by a guy called Mike Tapa. Mike contacted me back in May last year asking if I could put him touch with Sony to get the lens specs of the EX3 to make a Nikon mount. I completely forgot all about it until today when he contacted me. He spent a long time researching and developing this product and release it in September for a not cheap £300+
Mike’s business is this business, he make lens mounts and all sorts of other things, basically it is his business. His website is here
So it was Mike who came up with the first EX3 mount for Nikon lenses…A week or so so ago, he dropped the price in half to £135+VAT.
Now there is a reason we have 35mm adaptors, putting a Nikon lens onto an EX3 body will not give you 35mm DOF, what it will do it magnify your image by 5.4 times. The reason being is the image projected by lens is way bigger than the half inch sensor of the EX3, so it basically just records a small middle portion. Hence the image is magnified. This is very useful for wildlife or anything where you 14x standard lens just can’t do it for you. You really get a superb sharp long lens shot by sticking on say the 80-200mm f2.8 zoom that I own.
Now I haven’t actually had a chance to try it out yet on my EX3 as I have been so busy this weekend testing out the Panasonic HPX 301e. But this is a quality product. You will also get shallower DOF if shot wide open by it’s long lens nature. The Nikon lens I mentioned, the 80 to 200mm on a 35mm adaptor is of course 200mm at the long end, using no DOF adaptor and the adaptor then you suddenly have 1080mm lens at f2.8! Nuts!
MTF have adaptors for Canon lenses too an also make adaptors for 1/3″ bayonet cameras with a 7x magnification factor.
I will be using it myself next weekend hopefully and will post my results!
I apologise for not giving credit to Mike for making the huge effort in inventing this thing. Steve has taken the mount and introduced competition which is not a bad thing…
Have a look at Steve’s video for a good explanation….