Nikon FTZ II review

Does the Nikon FTZ II make it worth upgrading from the original FTZ adaptor, or worth buying at all?

Nikon FTZ II
(Image: © Matthew Richards)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The only real ‘upgrade’ that the Nikon FTZ II offers over the original edition is that it’s a more rounded design. The protrusion that included a tripod mounting socket has been lopped off, which is both good and bad. If you’re lucky enough to have a Nikon Z9 camera, which features an integral vertical grip, you’ll now get unrestricted portrait-orientation shooting without the mount adapter getting in the way. On the other hand, the loss of the mounting socket results in a poorer balance when using medium to large sized lenses that don’t feature their own tripod mounting collar.


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    Compact and lightweight

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    Improved handling in some cases

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    High-end, weather-sealed build


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    Incompatible with some lenses

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    No autofocus with ‘AF’ lenses

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    No tripod mount socket

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The Nikon FTZ II adapter lets you mount Nikon F mount DSLR lenses on its newer Z mount mirrorless cameras.  But is the updated new Nikon FTZ II adapter worth getting? In a word, yes. In three words, yes and no. It’s definitely worth the investment if you’ve switched to a mirrorless Z-series camera from a Nikon DSLR, and have some F-mount lenses that you’d like to keep using.

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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

His expertise with equipment doesn’t end there, though. He is also an encyclopedia  when it comes to all manner of cameras, camera holsters and bags, flashguns, tripods and heads, printers, papers and inks, and just about anything imaging-related. 

In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.