One of the most advantageous things about modern cameras is their autofocus systems . For better or for worse, many shooters rely on autofocus to get tack sharp images quickly and effectively. But when it comes to using older lenses, autofocus may not be an option. Enter Megadap, a company that's not a hashtag for a viral trend, but a startup specializing in lens adapters.
The Megadap Leica M – Nikon Z Autofocus Adapter can turn manual focus lenses into autofocus. A ccording to the company, by pairing Leica manual focus lenses with Nikon Z cameras, it allows shooters to take advantage of autofocus. The adapter is said to work with the Nikon Z50, Z5, Z6, Z6 II , Z7, and Z7 II cameras and currently supports AF-S, AF-C, AF-F as well as Eye-AF and Face Detection.
Additionally, Nikon Z shooters can stack additional adapters to turn other lenses into autofocus. Among them are the Canon FD, Leica R, Canon EF, Minolta MD, Nikon F, and M42.
The Megadap adapter works by replacing the focusing mechanism of the lens and extending the bayonet. The adapter is built with electronic contacts that communicate with the Nikon Z cameras allowing for the phase-detection autofocus to work when activated. The motor in the adapter will retract or extend depending on the focusing point. Better yet, there's an extended 6.5mm focus throw that's suitable for both wide-angle and telephoto lenses.
The Megadap adapter is an interesting concept that's sure to rejuvenate older lenses for creators. Hopefully we see Megadap come out with similar adapters for other mirrorless cameras like the Sony Alpha series.
The Megadap Leica M – Nikon Z Autofocus Adapter is priced at $349.