Is there something wrong in getting an inexpensive lens mount adapter?

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mistermejia Senior Member • Posts: 3,340
Is there something wrong in getting an inexpensive lens mount adapter?

Could an inexpensive $15 dollar lens mount adapter damage my XE1 or my nikon lenses?

If not I'm ready to hit the purchase button at Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Fotasy-AFNK-Fujifilm-Camera-Adapter/dp/B007YPED8O

Thanks!

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taz98spin Contributing Member • Posts: 527
Re: Is there something wrong in getting an inexpensive lens mount adapter?

Nothing wrong with getting a cheap lens adapter.

But the OM to X mount adapter I got off of Amazon wasn't cut right? or something, because when I mount my OM lenses on they shake.

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nick_webster Veteran Member • Posts: 6,175
No

I've had lots of cheap adapters over the last 5 years and all of them did the job I asked of them. They might not have been as well built as the ones that can cost 10 times as much but I didn't care, they worked

Nick

darngooddesign Senior Member • Posts: 5,119
Re: Is there something wrong in getting an inexpensive lens mount adapter?

It's only $15. Try it and return it of you don't like it. But remember that with optics, you often get what you pay for.

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ripleysbaby Contributing Member • Posts: 813
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I have 2 cheap adaptors and a good one.
The cheap ones at a sloppy fit both ends and to be honest, it's not a pleasant experience to use them.
The good one. A Kipon. (£55.00) is as good a fit as you could wish for.
Expensive or cheap. When you first get one put it on and take it off the body several times with the adaptor facing the floor. Just in case paint or even metal gets dislodged.
Then do the same with the lens.

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mistermejia OP Senior Member • Posts: 3,340
Re: Is there something wrong in getting an inexpensive lens mount adapter?

ripleysbaby wrote:

I have 2 cheap adaptors and a good one.
The cheap ones at a sloppy fit both ends and to be honest, it's not a pleasant experience to use them.
The good one. A Kipon. (£55.00) is as good a fit as you could wish for.
Expensive or cheap. When you first get one put it on and take it off the body several times with the adaptor facing the floor. Just in case paint or even metal gets dislodged.
Then do the same with the lens.

Very good tip ripleysbaby! Thanks for bringing that up.

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Al Valentino Senior Member • Posts: 4,770
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I have four adapters, 3 from Rainbow Imaging (Nikon, Tamron adaptall and Voigtlander screw mount), all fit perfectly and cost me $10 - $15. The nikon version is for lenses with aperture rings so less expensive than my Fotodiox, Nikon G to Fuji X adapter which cost about $40

So I can highly recommend Rainbow Imaging , in NY, from their website or ebay. I also purchased a set of spare caps (rear lens and camera) from them (under $10 for a set) which fit perfectly.

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Birse Boy Regular Member • Posts: 331
Re: Is there something wrong in getting an inexpensive lens mount adapter?

I got a Pixco adaptor off ebay for £15 for my XE1 / Rokkor lenses - works a treat, well made to boot

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farnorthfocus Forum Member • Posts: 86
Re: Is there something wrong in getting an inexpensive lens mount adapter?

I suppose it depends on how much you value the lenses you are going to use with it !

Just a thought.

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WT Jones Senior Member • Posts: 2,495
Re: Is there something wrong in getting an inexpensive lens mount adapter?

I have to agree with Al, the Rainbows are pretty decent adapters for the money. They tend to be a bit loose on the rotational axis, but not so they effect usability. I have Eos-X, Minolta MD-X, canon FD to X and a Konica AR to X mount Rainbow adapters & they all work really well.

I also have two Metabones adapters Nikor-F and Canon FD to X  and one speed booster FD-X. These are very well made, but somewhat expensive.

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Les Lammers Veteran Member • Posts: 3,093
Re: Is there something wrong in getting an inexpensive lens mount adapter?

Peruse ebay and see what is there. There are good descriptions on the items. With good glass I'd not go too cheap.

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gerard boulanger Senior Member • Posts: 2,262
NO n/t

No text.

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jeffsvisions Senior Member • Posts: 1,697
Re: Is there something wrong in getting an inexpensive lens mount adapter?

i use several of these on my Samsung camera never had a problem . no sure about fuji camera . i only have the x10 for now.

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tr4driver Contributing Member • Posts: 529
Re: Is there something wrong in getting an inexpensive lens mount adapter?

mistermejia wrote:

Could an inexpensive $15 dollar lens mount adapter damage my XE1 or my nikon lenses?

If not I'm ready to hit the purchase button at Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Fotasy-AFNK-Fujifilm-Camera-Adapter/dp/B007YPED8O

Thanks!

I don't think is will hurt anything, but it may or may not fit as well as a more expensive mount.  I have a cheap Nikon to Fuji mount from Rainbow Imaging, and there is noticeable play between the lens/mount/body.  I also have a high quality (and expensive) Rayqual Leica to Fuji adapter.  It obviously has a much higher fit and finish and has no play what-so-ever.

That said, the cheap mount still works, but the lens will turn ever so slightly whenever I go to focus.  It's kind of annoying and if I really used it that much, I would replace it with a better one.

Kurt

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No. I use one
PenPix Senior Member • Posts: 2,447
No. But….

You roll the dice when you buy a cheap one.

I picked up a Polaroid branded one off Amazon and the fit on a few of my Nikon lenses are so tight that I couldn't turn the aperture ring.  If I tried using it as-is, I could see a potential for damaging my lenses.

Since shipping it back was more than half the price of what I paid for it, I decided to rebuild it to make it fit.  It's not bad now, but I'll probably shave a little more from the barrel to make it perfect.  Regardless there is no sloppiness in the fit (before and after my adjustments) and it seems reasonably centred.

I would buy one of the cheap ones recommended by other posters since they have had good success with them.

LaFonte Senior Member • Posts: 2,744
Re: Is there something wrong in getting an inexpensive lens mount adapter?

mistermejia wrote:

Could an inexpensive $15 dollar lens mount adapter damage my XE1 or my nikon lenses?

If not I'm ready to hit the purchase button at Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Fotasy-AFNK-Fujifilm-Camera-Adapter/dp/B007YPED8O

Thanks!

I got once Nikon lens to canon adapter and it was so tight that I had really hard time to get it off the lens. Really, really hard, I almost thought it will be permanent. It did work, but I would really go for middle ground from reputable "brands". If it is too cheap it may be really hit or miss.

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hellocrowley Senior Member • Posts: 1,274
Re: Is there something wrong in getting an inexpensive lens mount adapter?

mistermejia wrote:

Could an inexpensive $15 dollar lens mount adapter damage my XE1 or my nikon lenses?

If not I'm ready to hit the purchase button at Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Fotasy-AFNK-Fujifilm-Camera-Adapter/dp/B007YPED8O

Thanks!

There can be a number of problems: inability to focus at infinity, tilted focal plane, fit is too tight or too loose. I use a cheap adapter with my portrait lens because those problems wouldn't be noticeable at max aperture.

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