The Fotodiox DLX Stretch lens adapter adds ND filters, macro magnification and aperture control for manual lenses.
Fotodiox has been a popular choice for lens adapters, offering various options that aren’t as costly as those from Metabones. The newest addition to their line-up, the DLX Stretch series, is much more than just a bare-bones lens adapter. In addition to adapting your lens for use on a different camera body, it also introduces three extra features: a lens barrel extender to achieve macro magnification, manual aperture control for Nikon lenses and most interestingly, drop-in magnetic ND filters.
The macro magnification feature works by turning a dial on the lens barrel, causing it to extend. This pushes the lens away from the sensor, creating a macro effect with any lens. This is similar to how extension tubes work, but in this case it all happens internally in the adapter itself.
In the Nikon version of the lens adapter, a built-in aperture control has been added for Nikon lenses that have no manual control. If you are using Canon lens, It’s important to note here that Fotodiox recommends only using manual Canon EOS lenses, as there is no electronic control from the adapter to change aperture in camera.
Lastly and probably the adapter’s most intuitive feature, is the drop in magnetic ND filters. These are placed in the rear mount of the lens to stop down the exposure, ideal for achieving shallow depth of field in bright situations, or for Sony mirrorless camera users shooting in an S-Log profile which requires a higher ISO. The DLX Series includes ND4/8/16 in the package, but more ND filter stops will be coming soon. The filters sit snugly in the rear mount of the lens and need a nudge or shake to remove them.
The Fotodiox DLX Series adapters are available for a number of lens mounts and body mounts, which include:
Body mounts: Sony E Mount, Micro Four-Thirds, Fuji X Mount.
Lens mounts: Canon EF, Canon FD, Contax/Yashica, Leica R, Minolta MD, Nikon, Olympus Zuiko (OM) and Pentax K.
Price wise, at $129.95 the Fotodiox DLX Series adapters are certainly affordable in comparison to products from other manufacturers. However, due to the lack of electronic control, features such as autofocus or image stabilisation will be unavailable to you and you are mostly going to be limited to using manual lenses. You can see the Fotodiox DLX Stretch in action in the video below.
For the full range of adapters, check out the Fotodiox website.
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