I have for a long time been interested in using older lenses on both older and newer cameras. My relationship with this photography sub-hobby has not always been ideal (a subject I might come back to), but given the right approach, I find there to be a lot of fun in exploring elderly lenses and their various formula. For those not in the know, using older lenses on newer cameras involves using adapters – in this case a Nikon F to Sony E(/NEX) mount adapter made by K&F Concept.
I was actually given this particular adapter by a chap called Simon Forster who I met in person for the first time at the Photography Show earlier this year. This wasn’t my first interaction with Simon though, I’d become aware of him through his mega-geeky (but actually very interesting) podcast: Classic Lenses Podcast, and the very good (though sometimes a little littered with bokeh shots of flowers) Photography With Classic Lenses Facebook group.
Funnily enough, I was made aware of this particular podcast by Rachel from the Sunny 16 Podcast. She clearly knows me well enough to know the level of geek I am. She sent me a link to episode 6 which featured a bunch of Jupiter lenses… I commented on a link-post to the podcast that Simon put out on his Instagram, and we soon got chatting. It wasn’t long after that we’d made arrangements to meet at the Photography Show.
As it turns out, Simon is one of the key importers of K&F Concept lens adapters in the UK – he was helping man their stand at the show. I’ve heard of K&F Concept adapters, but in all honesty, I hadn’t ever tried them. I’ve had a number of various other branded adapters off eBay from China and have always found that unless you go for a brand like Metabones, the quality is always just a bit shit. To my surprise, this wasn’t the case at all with the K&F Concept adapters – quite the opposite in fact. What surprised me even more was the price. Although Simon gave me this adapter, I would have quite happily paid the sub-£20 they retail for.
The only sign that this isn’t an expensive adapter is that the lens-to-camera mount itself isn’t chromed brass, like many of the expensive ones are. As it turns out the more premium adapters K&F Concept make do have a brass mounts on both ends. For sub-£20, I’m really not bothered!
Mounting it on the camera there’s very little – if anything at all – in terms of rotational give; once locked onto the camera it feels very solid. The same can be said for the lens mount too. All of the lenses I tried on it felt very safely mounted. The lens lock feels nice too, and isn’t itself loose like many cheap mounts.
It goes without saying that the lenses focuses perfectly to infinity too. Very impressive for the cash – and once again – testament to Chinese manufacturing.
Following the quick meeting at the photography show, Simon went on to invite me onto the podcast. As such, it would be remiss of me not to mention my forthcoming appearance. We are recording tomorrow afternoon, and I must say I am looking forward to conversing with Simon and his cohosts Karl and Johnny. Keep an eye out early-week for the podcast going live…
You can find K&F Concept lens mounts from Simon on his UK based ebay store here