Have you ever dreamed of attaching Sony’s lenses to your shiny new Nikon Z7 or Z6? Well, now you can, courtesy of Chinese accessory maker Techart and its new TZE-01 lens adapter. The device, which features electronics sandwiched between the two mounts, “translates” between the Nikon and Sony communication protocols, making it possible for Nikon Z-series cameras to autofocus Sony E-mount lenses.
The adapter allows the use of both the Sony E-mount Auto Aperture and Auto Focus lens functions at the same time as using Nikon Z’s Face & Eye detection mode. According to Techart, the adapter allows the use of phase-detect autofocus to offer AF speed and precision “very close to (if not better) [than] native Z-mount lenses.” The company claims lens-based image stabilization is also supported, among other functions. The adapter apparently works with E-mount AF lenses by Sony, Sigma, and Tamron/Zeiss.
Available for purchase from TechartPro.com, the TZE-01 lens adapter costs $249 and comes with a lens dock to allow firmware upgrades.
Techart unveils the World’s First Sony E to Nikon Z Autofocus Adapter with a thickness of 2mm
Guangzhou China, Jun 20, 2019 – Techart, who has previously launched the first autofocus adapter for manual lenses, has unveiled another groundbreaking product, Techart Sony E to Nikon Z Autofocus Adapter (TZE-01). The new TZE-01 is the world’s first autofocus adapter that allows Sony E-mount lenses to retain the Automatic Focus functionality when used on Nikon Z6 and Z7 cameras.
The flange distance of Nikon Z-mount is only 2mm shorter than Sony E-mount. This makes the design extremely difficult, let alone an electronic adapter where a chip and the connector pins have to be squeezed into. Techart has managed to pull it off and develop one which include connectors of both sides and a PCB board with chip to “translate” the protocol of the lens and the camera.
The Techart adapter enables both Auto Focus & Auto Aperture functions of Sony E mount lenses to be used on Nikon Z6 and Z7. AF-S, AF-C & MF mode are supported in both still & video shooting. The incredible Face & Eye Detection of Z-mount cameras can also be used. Other functions like lens vibration reduction and timelapse can also be used. Phase-detect Autofocus is adopted to guarantee both AF accuracy and speed to be very close to (if not better) native Z-mount lenses. Please note that functionality may vary when different E-mount lenses are used.
Nikon Z system is a relatively new system and users do not have a very complete lenses selection. Unlike the system of Sony, most lenses manufacturers have been releasing lenses in E-mount and so the selection is complete. The new Techart adapter currently supports most of the Sony, Sigma, Tamron & Zeiss AF lenses with Sony E mounts including some of the best sellers like Tamron 28-75mm, Batis 25mm f/2, Sony 24mm f/1.4 GM and Sigma 35mm f/1.4, etc.
The new Techart TZE-01 adapter comes with a lens dock for firmware upgrade. Simply connect the PC/MAC via a Micro USB cable (not included) and the firmware can be updated via the Techart App. Techart is currently working to support more lenses.
Pricing and Availability
The Techart Sony E to Nikon Z Autofocus Adapter is currently available for pre-order at our official website (http://www.techartpro.com). The recommended retail price before tax is USD 249/pc. Free shipping will be provided during the promotion period. Delivery will start from late June. 1-year warranty is included.
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