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Old August 23rd, 2008, 03:10 AM   #1
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Ex3 And Nikon Lens Adaptor

Hi all,
Basically i am looking to find anyone that has used nikon lenses using a simple adaptor and how they found the results,(hard to use,loss of quality etc) if anyone could shed some light on longer zoom work (wildlife,sport etc) i would be really appreciative.Thanks and keep up the good work
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Old August 23rd, 2008, 04:04 AM   #2
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I am a purchaser of the LETUS ultimate. I am wondering what array of lenses(for the EX3/nikon) is worthy of consideration for overall use.
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Old August 23rd, 2008, 04:08 AM   #3
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Hi Mick,

I am interested in the same adapter. I have been using a similar adapter with my Sony HVR Z7 HDV camera with fantastic result ! Mounted on the Z7 the SLR lenses become effectively x7 stronger and if you work with superb lenses you will get mind blowing results!
I assume it will be the same with the EX3 but the crop factor will be something around x5 (I think) and quality will be even better !!!
Two people that I know can make this adapter - Les Bosher Les Bosher - Camera Engineer
and Mike Tapa MTF SERVICES HOME PAGE

Les has promised to get this adapter done very soon as he is working on this right now.
Mike Tapa hasn't answered my emails regarding this issue although I got the Z7/Nikon adapter from him and I am very happy with it.
When I hear something new I will let you know.

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Old November 29th, 2008, 03:18 PM   #4
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Ofer,

Thanks for the referral.
What lenses are you using?
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Old November 29th, 2008, 03:22 PM   #5
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Hey Bill,

My wifes family is from Las Cruces!
Do you know Dale Dannhaus?
How do you like your Ultimate?
I just sold the Extreme as it couldn't give me the higher shutter speeds I need.
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Old November 29th, 2008, 04:46 PM   #6
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Mike tapa makes the converter - and it works absolutely great. The EX3 with a Sigma 120-300mm lens - makes pictures that are very sharp and crispy.
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Old November 29th, 2008, 10:57 PM   #7
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Do you have any footage???
I just ordered the adapter from Mike's website.
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Old December 1st, 2008, 08:05 AM   #8
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do these guys make or even consider developing a Canon mount for EX3? Funny that both of them doing Nikon only.
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Old December 1st, 2008, 08:15 AM   #9
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Problem with Canon EOS is that they don't have aperture rings. The FD lenses have a problem with the back-focus distance not being quite so accommodating to adapters. This is why there seems to be a Nikon bias, it's nothing personal!
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Old December 30th, 2008, 09:18 AM   #10
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Mike tapa makes the converter - and it works absolutely great. The EX3 with a Sigma 120-300mm lens - makes pictures that are very sharp and crispy.
Do you have the footage?
I'm concern about the magnification. It said that it will have 5.5 X magnification.
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Old December 30th, 2008, 11:13 AM   #11
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Do you have the footage?
I'm concern about the magnification. It said that it will have 5.5 X magnification.
Farishad, it's not really "magnification" so don't worry. There is no glass in the MTF adapter. Your camera simply crops the image that the 35mm lens is sending to it, because your sensor is much smaller than 35mm film. Actually it's about 5.5 times smaller. Makes better sense now right? This term "magnification" really throws people off when it comes to using adapters on video cameras. Delete that word from your mind. Insert "Cropping". Much less confusing.


Here are two frame grabs, both using the MTF adapter and a 300mm Nikon 2.8ED. The Long Billed Curlew was shot with an HD200.

The Mallards were shot with an EX3 - which I can't use very well yet to save my life. Only shot with it one weekend so far.


No worries on the MTF adapter. It's a fantastic piece of work, built/designed very well. You will be over joyed using it.
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Old December 30th, 2008, 11:49 AM   #12
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Hi Eric,

Your pics looks great. BTW the pic of the mallard shows two Northern Shoveler.
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Old December 30th, 2008, 12:11 PM   #13
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Main differences I see are much more resolution in the curlew and massively more detail enhancement in the shovelers. Thats's why they look sharper, but a really harsh look.
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Old December 30th, 2008, 12:12 PM   #14
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Mike, the MTF adapter (I have) is extremely useful. The first thing you notice though is that you don't have a hand grip to hold the camera however the camera becomes extremely light once you take the Fujinon lens off the body. There is no loss of clarity at all. So far I use standard primes. I haven't gone above a 105mm which would translate into roughly a 550mm lens on a 35mm camera. Obviously you are shooting completely in manual mode. It's fine.

The adapter seems pricey to some but being a short run machined unit I am not complaining. I think it is good value considering the flexibility it gives with inexpensive lens.
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Old December 30th, 2008, 12:25 PM   #15
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Main differences I see are much more resolution in the curlew and massively more detail enhancement in the shovelers. Thats's why they look sharper, but a really harsh look.
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