When the Fuji X-Pro 1 was announced I had hopes of mounting my Voigtlander and Zeiss M-Mount lenses to allow me different options from the 18, 35 and 60mm X-Mount lenses that were in Fuji’s initial offering. It would also allow me to keep the cost of a new camera and camera mount buy down. Although Fuji announced their own M-Mount adapter I was happy to see that Kipon had come forward to not only announce an M-Mount adapter, but also an OM, Nikon and even a Nikon G adapter. They have many others as well, but those are the lenses that I happen to own. Many of these adapters are already available through Ebay stores, where I purchased my M-Mount adapter as soon as it was announced. I have already discussed some of the results using the adapter with my wide-angle lenses. Since I also have many Nikon lenses, some with and aperture ring and some without. Those without aperture rings are known as G lenses. I might also take a look at that product as well. Before I spend another $60-$70 on another adapter I will see how the current product is made and more importantly how they work with the camera.
I was happy with how quickly the Kipon adapter arrived from Hong Kong. I have received M42 to M-Mount adapters from Hong Kong before and sometimes the build quality is not what I would expect. It will always fit on the camera, but some of the edges aren’t polished down and are very rough and somewhat sharp. With the M-42 to M-Mount adapter that isn’t’ an issue since you usually only put it on once and leave it there, but I had my concerns with an adapter that I was going to be taking on and off. Damage could be done to my hands or to the mount itself. The adapter itself is well constructed and has very smooth edges. My only complaint is how the latch to remove the lenses from the adapter is built. I kept initially trying to push the latch in and it in fact the latch gets pushed down to remove lenses. Putting the adapter on is quite easy. You see the red dot on the adapter, you match that up with the camera mount red dot and turn clockwise. You will feel a click and it is now attached.
After it is attached to the camera it is quite stable without any gaps. There is a little wiggle, but no more than the Fujinon 35mm lens has when attached. After attachment is when the fun begins though.
With my Zeiss 25mm f/2.8 now mounted to the camera and lifting it up to my eye to focus and take some photos i found that I couldn’t click the shutter at all. So exactly how do I get this thing to work?
Come to find out a number of settings that you need to get set-up in the camera to allow your usage of other lenses on the Fuji X-Pro 1. Some you can set once and then forget about, while others will need to be changed each time. Let’s now look at how to get the camera working.
What you first need to find is a setting under the Camera(3) Menu with icons seen below. The critical one is the SHOOT WITHOUT LENS setting. It is off by default and the reason that shutter didn’t click when you pushed it just a moment ago is because you need to set this on. Turn it on and then you can start taking photos with your adapter. The bad part about this is you can also take photos when your changing lenses without any lens on it at all exposing your sensor to the sun and/or elements so be careful. So if you leave this setting constantly on be aware of what can happen. For my use I keep it in the ON.
The FOCAL LENGTH SETTING can change with each lens that you apply to the camera. This allows you to embed in the EXIF what the focal length was for using later. There are 8 choices, 6 are hard-coded focal lengths and then there care two that you can select whatever you want from 1 to 999mm. I would think there is something in that range. I have not done any testing yet, but I don’t think if you put a 60mm and then select 15mm the camera makes any changes. This is something I have to look at. I believe that it only changes the Lens focal length in the EXIF.
So now you can take photos! I wish that Fuji had given us a choice of focus peaking modes, that is something that I use constantly on my Ricoh GXR A12 M-Mount, in fact it’s never turned off. Like many photographers you could use Zone Focusing techniques. Fuji does however give you a magnification zoom that is easily accessible while the camera is up to your eye for critical focus. first however you have to engage the Hybrid Viewfinder. That can be done quite quickly either with the camera up to your eye or down. With Zone Focusing you can leave the Optical Viewfinder on or you can go back and forth depending on your needs. I like the Hybrid myself.
After I got the Hybrid Viewfinder selected I found that I couldn’t find how to get any sort of magnification so I could fine-tune my focus so it was sharp. Instead of consulting the manual I just started pressing buttons. As many as I could trying to find out why none of them would do anything except unwanted events inside of the Hybrid viewfinder. Then after consulting the manual I realized what my problem was. I had not taken the camera and selected M for the focus mode. That was an easy switch and you can see the correct way to do that in the pages of the manual below.
After that though I still wasn’t done. Although I stumbled upon this solution myself you can see below that the way to acquire the magnification for the Hybrid Viewfinder was to push the Command Dial in, that made the Hybrid Viewfinder leap forward in magnification. You will probably find this way of focusing a tad limiting. The source of this limitation is the amount of magnification. Even the most stable persons will have problems choosing correct focus unless they are on a tripod. Especially with lenses longer than 50mm. If you need to change the focus point select the AF button on camera left and then move the focus point either on the back LCD screen or the Hybrid Viewfinder. This allows you to use a selection method for focus when using magnification. Because of the extreme magnification however, the view inside of the Hybrid Viewfinder jumps around a bit. This is a downgrade, especially when compared to the Ricoh’s focus peaking. I’ve heard that the Sony’s system is quite similar. Hopefully this is just a firmware update that Fuji can enable later on. Maybe when they bring out their own adapter. The command dial is in the diagram below. It is 22.
So now your ready to use the adapters and photograph! I have at this point used on my camera Voigtlander, Zeiss and a Olympus 21mm lens. I used the last with two adapters the Kipon and then an OM-M adapter the I already had for it. The results so far aren’t nearly as good as the Ricoh for wide angles at 100%, but I will continue to use the camera and see how it performs while in real use.
Let me know what results you have had with any of the Kipon or other adapters on the Fuji X-Pro 1 below.