Nikon Mount Adapter FTZ Review
By Yvonne
2022-09-29

Your Nikkor SLR lenses will work with a Nikon FTZ Adapter just like they would with a D850. However, its design is a bit more thought-out.

Nikon Mount Adapter FTZ Review

Nikon Mount Adapter FTZ

Let's get to the bottom

Your Nikkor SLR lenses will work with a Nikon FTZ Adapter just like they would with a D850. However, its design is a bit more thought-out.

The pros

  • Autofocus and image quality are not affected in any way.
  • Uses in-body stabilization.
  • All-weather build.
  • An integrated tripod socket

Cons

  • Camera tripod socket is not compatible with design.
  • Pricey.
  • There are some compatibility problems with third-party lenses.
  • Doesn't focus screw-drive lenses.

Nikon's full-frame mirrorless camera was launched with only a few native lenses. It turned to the extensive, long-standing library of Nikkor SLR glasses for filling in any gaps. To make these two systems compatible, you will need the FTZ Adapter (249.95).

The adapter works well with all modern Nikon lenses and third-party glasses. It has one problem, which I don't have a problem with. However, it is an issue for those who like to keep a tripod plate attached to their camera. The FTZ Adapter can be used with Nikkor lenses that you have if you are considering buying the Z System.

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Premium Build

The FTZ Adapter is very simple. The FTZ Adapter is a small metal tube which attaches to the Z camera and holds an F-mount SLR Lens on the opposite side. The magnesium alloy construction of this tube is identical to the Z camera system's and provides protection against moisture and dust.

It measures 3.2 inches by 2.8 inches by 2.8 inches (HWD), and is 4.8 ounces in weight. The adapter has a tripod socket at its bottom. It is useful to have a tripod socket, particularly when the adapter is used with larger lenses. The adapter's tripod socket is less practical due to the Z 7 camera and Z 6 cameras.

Each Z camera has its own tripod mount point. You will find it on the bottom, just behind the lens mount. It's located toward the front of the camera, so that tripod release plates won't extend beyond the body. It is not an issue with native lenses as they do not extend down that far.

The FTZ, however, is an entirely different beast. Its bottom extends down. To attach the FTZ adapter, it is likely that you will need to take off any tripod attachment plates you may have. You should be able keep the adapter and camera body on a quick release plate so they don't bump into each other.

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Compatible with Most Lenses

FTZ is compatible with all Nikkor lenses, although not all. You won't have any problems if you are using a current AF-S lens. But some older, more esoteric lenses won't mount—Nikon has a guide that lists compatible lenses if you have any questions about a specific optic.

Nikon used a screw drive system to focus before it switched to an internal motor. While these AF and AF D lenses can still be used with most SLRs and the FTZ, manual focus will not work with them.

In-body image stability, which is a fundamental feature in the Nikon Z family of cameras, will be available with all lenses. Autofocus will allow you to use the entire five-axis correction. Manual focus lenses can benefit from three additional axes.

Sigma released an open-source statement that confirmed its Nikon-mount SLR lenses are compatible with FTZ. However, it did not mention older glasses. I was able to test two of the current Sigma Global Vision lenses with the FTZ—the 150-600mm Contemporary and 105mm F1.4 Art—and both worked perfectly. As with the D850 the Contemporary focussed as fast and as accurately as the 105mm.

Tamron lenses are not affected by this change, at least temporarily. Although the company issued its own statement, it was only to confirm that current lenses have compatibility problems with FTZ Adapter and Z 7. Although I do not have F-mount Tamron lenses to verify, others have reported issues with autofocus and an error message when using Tamron lenses with FTZ. Tamron claims it's working on a solution.

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The Z Must-Have Product

Z is a very young system. This means that there isn't much choice for native lenses. Nikon has the solution: The FTZ Adapter. This adapter allows Nikon SLR users who have been long-time Nikon SLR customers to continue using the lenses that they own on the Z 7 or Z 6. It works great, and matches the performance of the Z 7's native lenses.

It's not compatible for all lenses, but Tamron will make it work with almost every modern F-mount lens. Other people have struggled to get Nikon lenses to fit with mirrorless systems. It's great to see Nikon succeeding. The only issues I have are with the cost and mounting of the adapter due to quick-release plates. You'll still be satisfied with the FTZ Adapter if those aren’t major issues.