Experiences with Various Nikon F Lenses on GFX Steelsring Adapter

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enigmatico Regular Member • Posts: 358
Re: Experiences with Various Nikon F Lenses on GFX Steelsring Adapter

BaldEgo wrote:

Hi All. I'm in the process of putting together my transition strategy to the GFX world. I have a number of Nikon lenses that I'm trying to determine whether to keep or sell as I make the transition so I'm interested in hearing from anyone who has tried out the following Nikon lenses on a GFX camera with a Steelsring adapter. What have been your experiences? How's the AF? What was the image circle like? Did VR work with the latest Steelsring firmware (on the lenses that have it)? BTW, I'm likely going to go with the GFX 100S if that helps.

AF-S Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G ED

AF-P NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR

AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR

AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR

AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED

Thanks, in advance!

I'm afraid I cannot help with the specific lenses you have listed, or the Steelsring adaptor, because I do not have any of them! Plus, I am no scientific lens tester that can give you technical info.

However I do use my GFX50R almost exclusively with adapted lenses and as from today, my new GFX100S as well :-).  I use them because I prefer manual focus and wider apertures than the native GFX series lenses. (I have the 80mm on order). My adapter is the K&F Concept brand, NIK - GFX.

I have tested many lenses with the GFX system; Leica M mount, Canon EF and Nikon Lenses. Some are unusable because they do some really weird stuff at the edges and the corners. For example, the Voigtlander Ultron 35mm f1.7 is unusable. Yet I have a 7 Artisans 35mm f1.4 which is useable as long as I stop the lens down to at least f2.8 and there will still be a part of the image which is destroyed by vignetting.

There seems to be no logic to me about the lenses that work and those that don't. My favourite two are a Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f1.4 and a Zeiss Distagon 35mm f1.4. Both have Nikon mounts and they both work spectacularly for me on my GFX cameras.

Tip 1: Don't use the lens hoods. Tip 2: There will inevitably be some vignetting that has to be cropped out, but the lens sharpness and rendering on the two lenses I have specified, work very well for me.

The lenses you listed are not particularly wide aperture, so you may find greater success with them.

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