The Shoten XTZ Autofocus Adapter Converts X Mount Lenses to Nikon Z

A silver and black Fujifilm digital camera with a large interchangeable zoom lens is placed against a plain white background. The camera features a retro aesthetic with various dials and buttons on the top, including a textured grip on the right side of its body.

Shoten, known for its diverse range of lens adapters, has announced the XTZ electronic adapter that allows photographers to use Fujifilm X-Mount lenses on their Nikon Z mirrorless cameras.

While Nikon has done an excellent job releasing compact full-frame and APS-C (DX) lenses for its Nikon Z system mirrorless cameras, there’s no question that Fujifilm has many more APS-C lenses in its X Series lineup. Spotted by Asobinet, the Shoten XTZ adapter provides Nikon shooters with APS-C cameras, like the Nikon Z30, Z50, and Zfc, many more options, including many lenses Nikon doesn’t make natively.

Three views of a Shoten X.T.Z lens mount adapter, finely crafted in silver metal. The adapter features electronic contacts for communication between the camera body and lens. The central image shows a top-down view, while the side images show angled perspectives.
The Shoten XTZ adapter is constructed of brass and is thin and lightweight.

The Shoten XTZ is also a “smart” adapter, providing electronic communication, autofocus, and automatic exposure metering capabilities. Focus Studio Co., Ltd., the maker of Shoten adapters, promises that its new adapter supports various autofocus functions such as AF-C, video AF, and eye-detect autofocus.

The brass adapter is thin and lightweight, adding just 51 grams (1.8 ounces) of total weight to a photographer’s kit.

Focus Studio is quick to note that compatibility will depend a bit on firmware availability for the camera and lens. The adapter itself works alongside a USB dock to install firmware updates.

A close-up image of a metal and plastic camera lens adapter, shown opened to display its internal electronic contacts and mechanical components. The adapter has a circular shape with intricate detailing and connectors for interfacing with camera lenses.
The included rear cap includes electronic contacts and a USB-C port to update the adapter’s firmware.

Further, the autofocus accuracy and speed will vary depending on the camera and lens combo. There is always a variance in autofocus performance between different lenses and cameras, even when used natively. Still, an adapter like this is an additional complicating factor, and specific results are impossible to predict. Focus Studio also says that while the adapter supports sophisticated autofocus functions, it cannot guarantee all functions for all compatible equipment. These X-mount lenses have been tested and confirmed to work.

Another caveat is that photographers should be careful when using lenses heavier than 1,300 grams (2.86 pounds), as an unsupported lens of this weight could damage the adapter or lens mount.

A close-up shot of a black Nikon Z fc camera with a 50-250mm lens attached. The image highlights the camera's retro-style design, including the metallic dials and textured grip, with detailed focus on the lens and its markings.

There are a lot of caveats here, but that’s par for the course when it comes to mount adapters like this. That said, Shoten is a well-respected brand. This adapter may prove to be a good option for photographers with Nikon Z cameras, especially APS-C ones. The adapter is available now for 35,100 yen, which works out to about $217. If someone doesn’t require autofocus performance, Fotodiox offers a manual X to Z adapter for just $29.95.

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