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Just ahead of Photokina 2016, Novoflex has announced a Nikon to Leica SL adapter, the SL/NIK, that will provide full autofocus and aperture control from the SL camera for E-type NIKKOR lenses. Many users were anxiously awaiting a Nikon solution, following the recent launch of the Novoflex Canon EOS adapter, which provided the same AF and aperture control for EF lenses. In addition, the top-deck DOF readout will function as it does with SL lenses and the correct lens, focal length and aperture will be recorded into the EXIF data.


This is great news for Leica SL shooters, who can now expand their autofocus lens arsenal. It is worth noting, though, that aperture control is limited to E-type lenses, like the 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR. Theses lenses feature electronically controlled aperture diaphragms. D and G lenses have mechanical levels on the mount; E lenses do not.  So, for now, there are only 13 lenses and teleconverters that will work with the new adapter. Determining if a lens is an E-type, just look at the full name of the lens. If there is an “E” immediately following the aperture, it will work. And for tilt-shift lenses, you'll want the PC-E variants.

Here's a list of E-type lenses that are compatible:

  • Nikon PC-E NIKKOR 24mm f/3.5D ED Tilt-Shift
  • Nikon PC-E Micro-NIKKOR 45mm f/2.8D ED Tilt-Shift
  • Nikon PC-E Micro-NIKKOR 85mm f/2.8D Tilt-Shift
  • Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR
  • Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED
  • Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR
  • Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR
  • Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR
  • Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR
  • Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR
  • Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR

I'll be sure to stop in at the Novoflex booth at Photokina next week to see how well the adapter works.


For larger NIKKOR lenses without a built-in tripod collar, Novoflex is also launching the ASAT-CN, which is an adapter tripod collar for both the Nikon and Canon SL adapters.


Both the SL/NIK and ASTAT-CN are available for pre-order from Leica Store Miami. The SL/NIK is $849 and the ASTAT-CN collar is $249.


4 Responses

  1. Manoli

    Did you get an opportunity at Photokina to check out the two new Novoflex AF adapters for the SL ?

  2. Ster

    I also wonder what is the focusing speed with this adapter?

    Also, you have not listet G lenses (like 200 F2 VR),… are they not supported?

    • David Farkas

      Because Nikon G lenses use a mechanical cam actuator for aperture control, you wouldn’t be able to electronically control aperture from the SL via the adapter. Only the NikonE lenses have electronically controlled aperture systems, so these are the ones that are officially supported and which feature full functionality.

  3. Dan

    Sadly, there is a bunch of focus hunting with this adapter. Unfortunately, it makes for a rather large package–the AF-S Nikkor 24-70 f/2.8E on an SL or SL2 body. Battery usage is significantly accelerated. But, at least we now have an option to use very fine Nikkor optics on the SLs.


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