This is a short review of the Fringer Canon EF to Fujifilm X lens adapter, a so called smart adapter meaning it let’s you use auto focus with Canon lenses on your Fujifilm X camera. Smart adapter’s for Canon lenses have been available some time now for Sony cameras but this is the first for the Fujifilm X systems.
I take a lot of photos of bicycles in Copenhagen. They move fast so it requires good auto focus ability and long fast lenses. Fujifilm lacks those longer prime lenses, the longest is the 90mm f2 but it’s too short. I bought this adapter to try out lenses like the 135mm f2, 200mm f2 or 300mm f2.8.
I bought the Canon EF 135mm f2 USM and I also borrowed a few other lenses to test it with: Canon XF 85mm f1.2 L II, Canon EF 50mm f1.8 II and Canon EF-S 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 STM.
- Can mount Canon EF lenses on your Fujifilm X camera. A long list of lenses have been tested.
- Auto focuses lenses.
- Image Stabilization also works if lenses have that option.
- Aperture ring to change aperture. Turning it all the way to the side sets it into auto.
- Lens EXIF data gets saved, focal length and aperture.
- Price is $299 bought from Fringer website.
Testing the auto focus
Lets get it out the way: this adapter works, auto focusing works, the question is how good does it work? Will it work on fast moving subjects? And will it have any problems?
I tried to test auto focus of moving subject coming towards me with these 3 setups:
- Fujifilm X-T20 + Fujifilm XF 55-200mm f3.5-4.8 at 135mm.
- Fujifilm X-T20 + Fringer adapter + Canon EF 135mm f2.
- Canon 80D + Canon EF 135mm f2
Result: all shots taken was in focus. Not bad!
I had some smaller focus problems when using the Fringer adapter over longer time in daily use, sometime one or two shots was not completely in focus when doing burst shots. Once it even wouldn’t focus at all, and I had to turn off and on the camera for it to work. I only see this as minor problems and probably something that will be improved with future firmware updates.
Fujifilm X-T20 + Fringer adapter vs. Canon 80D
I bought a Canon 80D camera to compare with the Fujifilm X-T20 + Fringer adapter. If you already know Canon cameras, this won’t have interest for you. But for people like me that only uses Fujifilm, here are some interesting observations:
- The Canon 80D focuses a bit faster than the Fringer adapter but that’s to be expected.
- DSLR’s are just better for real professional work, the viewfinder is clear and easy to track fast moving subjects with. Noting compares to DSLR’s when tracking fast moving subjects.
- On the other hand DSLR’s are big and clunky. I rarely take photos with it walking around alone on the streets. So unless your photography is professionally paid work, you will probably prefer a smaller mirrorless camera with a flipscreen.
- The Canon Colors: I know a lof of gear relativists are gonna disagree (“all gear are basically the same, it’s about your skills”) but there is something about the colors in some camera. I dislike the Nikon colors, the Fujifilm colors are great and so are the Canon colors. The Canon colors are beautiful, especially for those golden our people photos, it’s the color style you have seen everywhere for the last 10 years. Fujifilm has a bit more of an analog film look, a bit more hipster friendly colors. I like both.
- Photos from the Canon lenses look better from a Canon camera than a Fujifilm camera. It’s like they miss some colors and contrast compared to when they where taken with a Canon camera or if using native Fujifilm lenses. This is gonna be a bit emotional with no hard fact to back it up, so I would love to get other peoples opinion on this, is it just me?
If you are just starting out with Fujifilm, stick to the native Fujifilm lenses, they are the best. But if you already got a lot of Fujifilm lenses and wan’t to try out some of the lenses you don’t have in the Fujifilm lens line up, get this adapter!
- It works! Auto focus is great, not 100% to the same level as a native Fujifilm lens but good enough.
- Keeps getting better through firmware updates.
- Dosen’t work as good as a Fujifilm lens with fast moving subjects and following them but it’s close.
- I didn’t like the Canon lenses I tried as much as my Fujifilm lenes. The colors are a bit off and micro contrast are lacking (especially compared to the Fujifilm XF 56mm and XF 90mm).
- Fringer’s official product page – where you can also order the adapter. If it’s not in stock try to write them.