New Novoflex SL/NIK lens adapter (using Nikon lenses on Leica SL camera)

New Novoflex SL/NIK lens adapter to be announced at Photokina (for using Nikon lenses on Leica SL camera):


In one week we'll be launching our second electronic lens adapter for the Leica SL camera, which allows for a number of electronic camera functions to be transferred to the lens. The new SL/NIK lens adapter allows the connection of current Nikon E-type NIKKOR (with electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism) lenses at the Leica SL.

Currently, 13 Nikon E-type NIKKOR lenses and teleconverters are compatible with the new adapter, both fixed focal length lenses, zoom lenses and two tilt/shift lenses. The electronic Leica SL adapter, as its counterpart for Canon - naturally "Made in Germany" - supports the following functions: autofocus, aperture control, AF/MF mode and the depth of field indicator (MF). In addition, the EXIF data for aperture and focal length setting are transferred.

Novoflex also has a new SL adapter for PL-mount cine lenses:
Few months ago Novoflex introduced new universal bellows for macro photography with the Leica SL:
and a new tripod collar ASTAT-SL (also for the Leica SL):
In the US you can check pricing and availability of Novoflex adapter at B&H. Additional information is available on Novoflex Facebook page and their official website.

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  • This is strange, why only E-type lenses? There aren’t very many of them, I would think it would be much more useful if it also handled G lenses, like the 70-200 f/2.8 and the newer 80-400 f/4.5-5.6.

    The adapter is also $850 at the Leica Store Miami, which seems like a lot of money for an adapter. That’s almost 1/5th the cost of the 24-90 lens, and that’s the only lens it would fully allow me to use. Might be better to bite the bullet and get the SL 24-90, especially since I think it’s of higher optical quality than the Nikon 24-70 (albeit twice the price).

    • Lee

      As I understand it, E-type apertures are fully electronic like Canon EF lenses but G-type apertures must be operated mechanically by a lever protruding from the mount. Perhaps you could build an adapter to do it but it would be much more expensive and given the SL’s price the market, despite the wider range of compatible lenses, would probably not be big enough to justify it.

      • Mistral75

        The answer is simpler than that: the adapter with mechanical aperture ring for using Nikon G lenses on Leica SL already exists; product code is LET/NIK and price is €169.

        The models ***/NIK, ***/MIN-AF, ***/PENT as well as all adapters named “NT” (for Nikon, Sony Alpha / Minolta AF and Pentax K lenses) are equipped with an integrated aperture control ring and can also be used with lenses that do not come with manual aperture control ring anymore.

        • TS Sim

          But do they maintain AF capability?

          • Mistral75

            No, at least not the mechanical one.

          • Adam Fo

            The article says yes for the new one

  • soundimageplus

    Autofocus adapters for Nikon AF lenses are few and far between (almost mythical!!) and I’ve never discovered how to get my hands on one. So this is pretty much a first. Metabones don’t have one, so there must be some problem that only the E Type lenses can solve. I’m currently using the Canon EF version and it’s only OK in terms of AF but very good indeed for IQ. I’m putting together a guest post on that for here, so more on that later.

    It does seem that Novoflex have a relationship with Leica, both being German and their adapters are top class in terms of manufacture, which is why they are so expensive. The Canon EF to SL is an example of that. Leica are obviously not able to compete now or in the future with either Nikon or Canon in terms of AF lenses so it makes sense to work with Novoflex since the SL is pitched at a pro market to expand lenses available and tempt photographers who already own Nikon and Canon AF lenses. However, my experience with the EF to SL adapter shows that DSLR AF performance just isn’t there at the moment, so how successful this will be who knows.

    For me the advantage is that I can use some lenses I have already and both the Leica SL zooms are too heavy for me. If you are interested in my original blog post on the Canon adapter it’s here – However, I’ve used it more since then and I’m incorporating some more experiences into my upcoming LeicaRumors guest post.

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