In a world first, lens adapter specialists Techart PRO have unveiled a Sony E to Nikon Z autofocus adaptor. The kit allows a Sony lens to attach to a Nikon body, something that has never previously been possible.
The new adapter is entitled TZE-01. It was required to be incredibly thin, so as to accommodate the mere 2mm difference in flange distance between the Sony E and Nikon Z mounts.
The company have managed to squeeze a CPU chip into the tiny adapter. Totaling just several millimeters thickness in total, the chip is able to translate the signals between equipment from the two different camera brands.
Autofocus, auto-aperture, and lens stabilization capabilities are all preserved by the adapter. AF-S, AF-C, and MF modes will still work on the Nikon Z6 and Z7, and features like Face/Eye detection, EXIF reading, and time-lapse shooting can be used as well.
Phase-detect AF is used and therefore the AF speed is on par with using native Z mount lenses on the cameras.
Future firmware updates to the dock can be applied using a separate lens dock that’s included with the adapter for free. Samyang and Rokinon E-mount lenses aren’t currently supported by the adapter, although this may be amended in future firmware updates. Sigma lenses, however, currently work.
The kit isn’t without its flaws, though. As is often the case with third party adapters, the reverse engineering mechanics behind it mean there are known bugs, which TechArt have openly listed on their website.
Check out the video, too, to see the company showcasing their new product.
The Techart Sony E to Nikon Z Autofocus Adapter is up for pre-order now, retailing for $249. The first adapters should begin shipping next week, around June 24th.