Viltrox NF-E1 Nikon to Sony Review

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I’ve recently purchased the Viltrox NF-E1 Nikon to Sony adapter,I’d spent a good while trying to justify some of the more expensive adapters so I could use my Nikon lenses with my new Sony a6400 for video, but just couldn’t do it. Kept telling myself I was going to bide some time. Save for some nice T stop glass, especially for video but I couldn’t wait. as much as I like the 16mm pancake lens. I missed being more creative. Met my bank balance halfway way and bought the Viltrox NF-E1 adapter.

Viltrox Nf-E1 adapter

Why the Viltrox NF-E1 Nikon to Sony adapter?

Spending a good two weeks reading about Viltrox NF-E1 Nikon to Sony adapter, and doing some late night ‘Do I? Don’t I?’ with other brands, I couldn’t find anything at this price bracket (£129.00 as of July 2020). Compared to some of the other guys who’ve been dominating this neiche ever since I was selling Mirrorless systems. I knew I’d have AF in photo mode but not in video which is not a massive deal breaker for me. whenever I want to get out and shoot video I work from my Zhiyun Weebil Lab with the Follow Focus attached so it was no big miss even if I would like that functionality.

How good is the Viltrox NF-E1?

Viltrox NF-E1 Adapter Review
Viltrox NF-E1 Adapter With Sony a6400 & Sigma 50mm f/1.4 A

You would think the NF-E1 might be lacking in some cases because of where it sits in line for consumers (pretty cheap). But I found it to be a strong preformer with all my lenses. I had some slight irratic behavior on Continuos AF and face hunting but it was nothing to throw me off at all. Considering how fast the a6400 is at face detection anyway, it was nothing to be upset by. AF-S and DMF modes are still strong performers so I can’t really say anything negative about it. I’ve easily saved myself a couple of hundred pounds. Some of the reviews on their product page state there is some hunting issues but I haven’t had anything serious working with the Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 Macro. You may expect to see it at some point but that’s not going to be a shock at this price point.

Why doesn’t the NF-E1 AF work in Video mode?

Viltrox NF-E1 Adapter Review
Viltrox NF-E1 Adapter on a Sony a6400 with the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 A

Someone asked me the question through Instragram and I decided to message the Viltrox facebook page, surprisingly…a response. I’ve never really had much luck with technical questions in the past with some companies but I was happy with some acknowledgement. Unfortunatley nothing came about as thier response was;

We are sorry that the engineer in charge of this product left the company. We don’t know the detailed reasons [to my question].

It’s not the best answer I know, but tough. Just happy with a response really. I’m just hoping that who ever has taken his place can get stuck into this and figure it out with a firmware update. Honestly I’m actually just hoping it’s on the Viltrox side of things and not the Sony side of things. I’ve dealt with sony on a business level and they’re not the most personal corporation to deal with. Think I’ve only seen one Sony rep properly and he just appeared like a glitch in the matrix. We’ve all seen that lightning blue eyed demon who wants to offer you some sort of ‘help’ on the sony website (the dude’s f****d up).

Where does that leave us with the Viltrox NF-E1 Nikon to Sony?

The only thing that Viltrox have specified, is that the AF only works “in ‘Phase Detection Focus’ mode”. If Viltrox really wants to grab a hold of the market for mirrorless system adapters, it’s probably the only thing that’s stoppping them for us adventurous hobbyists who can’t/don’want to afford a Red Komodo (I did nearly buy the Z-cam E2 though……hindsight sucks).

Viltrox NF-E1 and a6400 Video..

What about Viltrox NF-E1 lens compatability?

So far I’ve had no issues with any of my lenses;

  • Sigma 50mm f/1,4 A
  • Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8
  • Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8
  • Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8
  • Nikon 105mm f/2.8Macro
  • Nikkor 105mm f/2

All in photo (DMF) mode, AF is perfectly fine, even with a Macro lens closed down to f/11 in daylight alone, it didn’t struggle. Here’s the published Viltrox list just in case;

Viltrox Compatability list

Verdict on the Viltrox NF-E1 Nikon to Sony adapter..

Over all I’m glad I bought it, definately worth the money considering where it sits in the market and what else is available at the price, and there’s not many/if any with AF capability. Build quality could be a little better but all that matters is it standing the test of time and being slung into a daysack without any case and working when I need it.

Pros

  • Price – Let me know if you’ve used anything along the same sort of price line.
  • Size – feels like any other teleconverter really.
  • Build Quality – making it light and it’s lasted on days out at the top of a daysack.
  • Still delivers on AF with not issues so far.

Cons

  • AF in Video – literally it as far as I’m concerned, it’s a decent product.

Get it on Amazon Here.

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