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Use Leica M and Canon FD lenses on your Nikon Z camera

Japanese manufacturer Shoten has announced its latest lens mount adapters for Nikon's full-frame mirrorless Z system. The new products will enable users of the Nikon Z6 (opens in new tab) and Nikon Z7 (opens in new tab) to mount Canon FD lenses and, for the first time, Leica M lenses. 

For many photographers, lens adapters are a crucial part of their kit. Since they enable users of a given camera system the ability to use non-native lenses from a completely different system, they greatly expand the range of potential optics available to a particular camera. 

Obviously, this is even more relevant for a fledgling system like Nikon's Z series, which currently only has a handful of native lenses available (such as the Nikkor Z 14-30mm f/4 S (opens in new tab) and Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S (opens in new tab)). Using lens adapters means that  early adopters don't have to be constrained by the limited number of Z lenses, and can expand the optical scope of their system. 

The Shoten Mount Adapter CFD-NZ (Canon FD to Nikon Z)

The Shoten Mount Adapter CFD-NZ (Canon FD to Nikon Z)

The Shoten Mount Adapter CFD-NZ (opens in new tab) enables you to mount Canon FD lenses to your Z6 or Z7. While MTF Services announced such an adapter (opens in new tab) back in October, its version costs £250 / $329. By contrast, the Shoten version costs just ¥5,940 / £40 / $53. 

On the other hand, the Shoten Mount Adapter LM-NZ EX (opens in new tab) is the first of its kind. It facilitates the use of Leica M-mount lenses on Nikon Z cameras, and costs ¥10,800 / £68 / $89, making it one of the cheapest ways to dip your toe into the premium pricey waters of Leica kit. 

The Shoten Mount Adapter LM-NZ EX (Leica M to Nikon Z)

The Shoten Mount Adapter LM-NZ EX (Leica M to Nikon Z)

Each adapter uses rigid and highly durable brass parts on both sides of the mounting surface to make them more durable and accurate when attaching or removing lenses. The interiors of both adapters are also matte black, to reduce the amount of internal reflection that occurs.  

The Canon adapter is available in black, while the Leica adapter can also be purchased in silver to mount your lenses… if not your camera body. 

Read more:

The best Nikon lenses in 2019: top lenses for your Nikon camera (opens in new tab)
"CaNikon" now an actual thing: Kipon's Canon EF-Nikon Z adapter (opens in new tab)
World's first independent adapters for Canon EOS R and Nikon Z mounts (opens in new tab)

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The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a magazine and web journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients as diverse as Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photographic and lighting tutorials, as well as industry analysis, news and rumors for publications such as Digital Camera Magazine (opens in new tab)PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine (opens in new tab)N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine (opens in new tab)Digital Photographer (opens in new tab) and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and demonstrations at The Photography Show (opens in new tab). An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.