New and improved Megadap ETZ21 AF adapter lets you mount E-mount lenses on Z cameras: Digital Photography Review

Megadap has announced a new version of its Megadap Sony E to Nikon Z autofocus adapter, the ETZ21. Thanks to new chips and software protocols, the second-generation adapter promises to deliver improved autofocus speed and accuracy.

Megadap has developed an all-new software, and the mechanical team has delivered improved hardware in the ETZ21 adapter. The software protocols have been rewritten from scratch using protocols from Sony and Nikon. Megadap says that the ETZ21 adapter should ‘simulate almost all the functions offered’ by Nikon’s official FTZ adapter for mounting F lenses on its mirrorless Z cameras.

Megadap ETZ21 AF adapter

Megadap has spent ‘countless hours’ optimizing its new adapter and promises much faster focusing speed when compared to similar adapters on the market and its original E to Z AF adapter. The ETZ21 supports manual lenses without electronic chips, too. In-body image stabilization is supported in AF-S/AF-C/AF-F/pinpoint/manual focus modes, and automatic aperture control and coupling are supported, meaning that you’ll see the correct aperture value on your camera when using E mount lenses with compatible aperture couplings. The ETZ21 also supports real-time focus tracking, and you can take advantage of the face/eye-detect autofocus and subject tracking on Nikon’s latest mirrorless cameras.

The ETZ21 supports shooting modes like interval timer shooting, time-lapse movie and focus shift shooting (focus stacking). As for vibration reduction (VR), you can use camera IBIS or lens VR for lenses with a vibration reduction switch on the barrel. For lenses without the switch, lens VR is on by default. For lenses without optical stabilization, the camera will default to using IBIS.

EXIF information, including camera model, lens focal length and aperture value, are recorded in EXIF data. However, the lens brand will not be included. You can expect to see most of the typical EXIF data when using the ETZ21. Megadap says that lenses from Sony, Sigma, Tamron, Zeiss, Voigtlander and Samyang are supported, while lenses from Viltrox and Yongnuo aren’t. The adapter works with all current Nikon Z cameras.

You can also check the ETZ21 firmware on macOS and Windows or on the Z camera itself in the firmware version menu. Updating firmware is done using a USB adapter and connecting the ETZ21 to your computer.

The Megadap ETZ21 features improved build quality compared to the original ETZ11. The surface includes more advanced plating and better sealing around the circuit board. The ETZ21 AF adapter is built using a 2mm thin aluminum alloy. The release button should be easier to use, and the stainless-steel bayonet is said to be stronger.

You can purchase the Megadap ETZ21 AF adapter directly from Megadap for $249.

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