Fuji XT-1

Using An Adapted Lens On The Fuji X-T1

In Fuji X by Tom Roper5 Comments

Do you want to shoot with a lens that Fuji does not offer?  I’m going to explain how using an adapted lens on the Fuji X-T1 can expand your system. I love my Fuji X-T1 and Fuji has made some great lens for the X system.  The lens roadmap that Fuji has put out is exciting, but I’m impatient.  I had been hoping for their super-telephoto lens to be available already.  I am excited about the 100-400mm, but its been pushed back again.  When I was shooting with Canon, I had a 400mm lens that I used for wildlife.

The 55-200mm is the longest lens Fuji has available.  There is no teleconverter available yet, but it is on the lens roadmap.  One of the great features of the Fuji X system is the ability to focus manually with focus peaking.  With manual focusing made easy, it allows the use of older manual lens.  I’d found the solution to my desire for a longer lens.  I started looking for older Canon lens that had aperture rings.  If the lens doesn’t have a manual aperture ring, then you cannot stop down the lens.

The solution to use an adapted lens is not something I’d recommend to anyone if you don’t understand how to make a manual exposure.  The camera becomes a full manual camera at this point.  You will need to set an ISO speed, shutter speed, and aperture setting.

Finding Manual Lens

I visited eBay to start looking for older Canon FD lens.  There are a number of places you can find older used lens, B&H, Adorama, KEH, and eBay.  I went with the Canon since I was more familiar with their lens as opposed to Nikon or another brand.  I set a requirement to find a 300 or 400mm lens for a reasonable price.  I did not want to spend a ton of cash on a lens if the quality wasn’t there.  Keeping the price under $200 was my goal.  I was able to find an excellent 300mm f/4 FD mount Canon lens for about $180 from Japan.

In order to mount an older lens, I would need to purchase an adapter to attach the FD lens to my Fuji X-T1.  There are plenty of manufacturers that make Fuji X mount adapters.  I chose one made by Fotodiox that I found on Amazon.  You can find one for almost any lens you might want to use.

I received the lens adapter a couple of days after ordering, and the lens arrived from Japan in about five days, much quicker than I expected.  I tried the adapter on the lens and found everything functioned as it should.  The focusing ring was smooth and not loose.  The aperture ring worked at every stop as it should.  The glass was clean as described.  I did give the lens a good cleaning though to remove any dust.  I tried to shoot some samples from the comfort of my home through a clean glass window, but they weren’t as sharp as I wanted.  I wasn’t sure if this was the added glass effect or the fact I was hand holding a 450mm equivalent lens.  I needed to use a tripod to get a steady shot.  I wasn’t happy with shooting through glass and we had a bitterly cold winter.  I’d have to wait to get some real samples.

Finally Some Shots

Fast forward to spring in Ohio and I finally could get some sample shots.  I mounted the lens on my tripod and took it out in my backyard to see how this lens would perform.  I think the results are superb for using an adapted lens and manual focusing.  I set the aperture to f/8 and tried some at f/11.  I am pleased with the quality of this lens given the age of the lens.

The focus peaking makes quick work of the manual focusing.  I had very few rejects, but there were some.  I think this lens will satisfy my desire for a long lens until Fuji releases a teleconverter or their super-telephoto.   I may start to look for a decent 400mm FD mount.

If you are shooting with an adapted lens leave a comment about what you’re using.

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