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Introduction to Lens Adapters

With the help of certain adapters, you can attach nearly any cinema or photography lens to cameras in a variety of mount types. Here is a brief intro to the world-expanding potential of mount adapters.

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Here is a brief intro to adapters and how you can use them with, just as an example, a video camera like the Panasonic AG AF100. The AF100 is from a family of products that adhere to the Micro Four Thirds standard. As of this writing, Olympus and Panasonic are the only two manufacturers making cameras for this standard. But other manufacturers have decided to make lenses for it, including Sigma, Carl Zeiss, Lensbaby, and Voigtlander.

Manufacturers have built adapters that let you bring non-Micro Four Thirds lenses to this platform. Voigtlander, Metabones, and Redrock Micro are among the companies that make adapters. They let you use Leica, Canon, Nikon, and more lenses on a Micro Four Thirds camera.

Benefit of Adapters

With the help of certain adapters, you can mount cinema lenses of nearly any mount to the Panasonic AF100. This opens up a wide range of cinematic possibilities. If you like using Nikon D lenses, with their full manual-control aperture rings, you can mount the Nikon F Mount Lens to Micro Four Thirds Camera Adapter between your favorite Nikon lens and a Micro Four Thirds body, like the Panasonic GH series.

Note, though, that not all adapters allow for autofocus. Most cinematography is done manually anyway, but this is a limitation to be aware of. Some adapters also don’t allow for full aperture control, forcing you to shoot wide-open the entire time.

Here are some adapters to look into for pairing different-mount lenses with camera bodies. These are great tools for if you have an existing collection of lenses but are considering switching over to a new kind of camera but don’t want to invest in new glass yet. Or the other way around: you have a beloved camera of one mount type, but you’re curious about lenses offered in different mounts that aren’t available in your native mount type. Examples of this include specialty lenses, like macros, tilt-shifts, and fisheyes.

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List of Adapters to Rent (Updated, 2018)

Canon Adapters

Canon EF Lens to Sony E Mount Camera T Smart Adapter IV ($30 for a 7 Day Rental, Learn More)
Attach post-2006 Canon lenses in both EF and EF-S mount to Sony E mount cameras, including the FE mount a7 series.

Canon EF Lens to Sony E Mount Camera T Smart Adapter V ($33 for a 7 Day Rental, Learn More)
Attach post-2009 Canon (or 2013+ Tamron, 2016+ Sigma) lenses in both EF and EF-S mount to Sony E mount cameras, including the FE mount a7 series, the FS7 Mark II, and the Sony a9.

Canon EF/EF-S Lens to Canon EF-M Camera Adapter ($18 for a 7 Day Rental, Learn More)
Attach Canon lenses in both EF and EF-S mount to Canon M mount cameras, including the Canon EOS M5 and Canon EOS M3.

Canon EF Lens to Micro Four Thirds Camera T Speed Booster XL Adapter ($61 for a 7 Day Rental, Learn More)
Attach Canon EF mount full frame lenses to select Micro Four Thirds cameras and increase the effective field of view and the maximum aperture of the lens you’re using. This is handy for achieving wider views with more dramatic depth of field effects on what is otherwise a sometimes uncompromising camera sensor due to its small Micro Four Thirds size.

Nikon Adapters

Nikon G Lens to Sony E Mount Camera Adapter ($46 for a 7 Day Rental, Learn More)
Attach Nikon F mount lenses to Sony E mount cameras, including the FE mount a7 series.

Nikon G Lens to Micro Four Thirds Camera Speed Booster ($43 for a 7 Day Rental, Learn More)
Attach Nikon G lenses in F mount to select Micro Four Thirds cameras and increase the effective field of view and the maximum aperture of the lens you’re using. This is handy for achieving wider views with more dramatic depth of field effects on what is otherwise a sometimes uncompromising camera sensor due to its small Micro Four Thirds size.

Other Adapters

Olympus Four Thirds Lens to Micro Four Thirds Camera Adapter ($28 for a 7 Day Rental, Learn More)
Attach Olympus Four Thirds mount lenses to Micro Four Thirds mount cameras.

Leica M Lens to Micro Four Thirds Camera Adapter ($36 for a 7 Day Rental, Learn More)
Attach Leica M mount lenses to Micro Four Thirds mount cameras.

LA-EA4 Sony A Mount Lens to Sony E Mount Camera Adapter ($41 for a 7 Day Rental, Learn More)
Attach Sony A mount lenses to Sony E mount cameras, including the FE mount a7 series.

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