Having favorite lens is comforting. When it’s used, you know what results you are going to get. This makes camera work more efficient. Having to give up a lens like that hurts…
While switching from Nikon to Sony, I thought I was going to have to give up a few of my favorite lenses. I tried to use them with a Metabones Nikon G to E-mount/NEX adapter, however. I never got all the results I wanted.
The metabones adapter I originally purchased, worked well for most of my older, manual, Nikon lenses, however, it was not the best tool for lenses like the Sigma 24-105 f4, Tamron 70-200 and Tamron 150-600. A friend informed me of a possible solution, the recently released Fotodiox FUSION Smart AF Adapter Mark II, Nikon G-Mount AF-I / AF-S Lens to Select Sony E-Mount.
On paper, the Fotodiox FUSION, Smart AF Adapter Mark II looked good. I did not know anyone using it, and at the time, I did not see any reviews either. So I decided to just take a chance and buy it. I had my local camera shop, Mack Camera ordered it for me, for my Sony A6300 and it’s been interesting using it.
The Fotodiox FUSION Smart AF Adapter Mark II is compatible with Cameras with Phase Detection AF such as Sony Alpha α6300, α6500, α7 II, A7III, α7R II, α9. Contrast-detection AF is supported but is not recommended as performance is significantly slower
- For Nikon to E-mount, Fusion adapter Lens Compatibility Click here
- Vibration reduction and EXIF data transmission are also maintained on compatible models
- Made of metal
- Tripod mount on the adapter
- EXIF data transmission for AF-S/AF-I lenses
- If some or none of those electronic features are desired, this product can always be used with older gear as a simple manual adapter.
Working with the Fotodiox FUSION Smart AF Adapter Mark II
The adapter is a lot lighter than you think it would be. Working with the Fotodiox FUSION Smart AF Adapter Mark II is pretty intuitive. You put it on the lens then you but that combo on the camera. The adapter does not work with ever focus area mode, however, because of the 425 phase detection of points, there is enough space to get good results. The Center and Flexible Spot works well, on the A6300, but the expanded flexible points do not work.
The best thing to do is play with the focus area modes that work and find one for you. The quality of the lenses you use does matter, also. The better the lens the better the results. The images I have produced with this adapter, seen throughout this post, have been more than satisfactory. The Autofocus speed is not always perfect but it works well.
When post-processing, the lens profile does not automatically pop up. You have to select the make of the lens and then you get the proper lens profile. It’s just an extra little step. Not a high price for a decent AF lens adapter.
I don’t have many issues with the Fotodiox FUSION Smart AF Adapter Mark II. I do wish it worked with Nikon screw Mount lenses like the D Series. It’s not a big deal but it would be nice. Depending on the lens you use the Fotodiox FUSION Smart AF Adapter Mark II can be a bit laggy at times however a little bit of patience and practice helps with this.
At $349 the Fotodiox FUSION, Smart AF Adapter Mark II is way cheaper than a new lens and a wonderful piece of engineering. It is a great tool to have if you Nikon G lenses, or newer, you don’t want to get rid of. It is not a replacement for native lenses though. Naturally, Sony lenses will work better for Sony cameras.
Some people may think an adapter like this, is a bit of a laugh, a joke, not me. The Fotodiox FUSION, Smart AF Adapter Mark II is one of the best investments I made this year. I cant wait to get it on the Sony A7III when I get it.
Below, a few more samples