Techart, a Chinese company specialized in lens adapters, has just announced a new Sony E Mount to Nikon Z lens adapter with autofocus capabilities. This lens adapter, codename TZE-01, is a world’s first because the flange distance of the Nikon Z-mount is only 2mm shorter than the Sony E-mount, making it extremely hard to manufacture.
Designing a lens adapter from the ground up is a difficult task. It’s even more difficult when the flange distance of the Nikon Z-mount is only 2mm shorter than the Sony E-mount. In short, it means that if you want the adapter to work, it has to be only 2mm thick.
Although, the team at Techart did an impressive job with the TZE-01. Not only did they make the adapter the correct thickness, but they managed to put all the electronic inside such a small piece of metal.
If you want a lens from a manufacturer to “communicate” with the body of another company, you need a PCB board with a chip and connector pins on both sides of the camera and lens. This little chip will “translate” from one language to another, so the glass and the camera body speak the same vocabulary.
Face & Eye Detection of Z-mount cameras also work, and the video sample above is looking great to me, considering it uses phase-detect autofocus technology. If your Sony lens feature OSS/stabilization, it should work too.
The adapter is compatible with the Nikon Z6 and Z7. Also, it supports most of the Sony, Sigma, Tamron & Zeiss AF lenses. For lenses to come or those that are not supported yet, don’t worry. You can update the TZE-01 via a lens dock that is included.
For mounting purposes and because the adapter is skinny, there is a small tab on the adapter to help you mount/unmount it.
Pricing and Availability
The Techart TZE-01 will be available end of June for USD 249
What do you think of the Techart TZE-01? Do you own Sony lenses and consider using these on your Nikon Z camera? Let us know in the comments!