Fotodiox offers dozens of adapters that enable Sony mirrorless users to attach other lenses to their cameras. Most of these adapters work flawlessly, but one of its newest adapters has begun causing concern after a couple of photographers reported that the Fotodiox Fusion SmartAF Nikon G mount to Sony E mount adapter is breaking their cameras.
The first instance of an issue was noted by photographer Jason Lanier on November 24. In a blog post and accompanying video, Lanier said the $370 adapter started by draining the battery of his camera, then ultimately killed his Sony A6300 mirrorless camera. According to Lanier, his camera which he’s “taken all over the world […] will no longer power on at all.”
The second publicized instance, as noted by PetaPixel, comes from photographer Eric Rossi who published a video on December 7, 2016 that details his very own experience with the adapter, which killed his Sony a7 II in the exact same way.
We reached out to Fotodiox for comment and a spokesperson had the following to say: “the problem almost certainly lies with the Nikon AF-S VR Macro 105mm f/2.8 IF-ED lens, as it is the common link between the errors experienced in the wild and the testing we’ve been performing since those incidents occurred.”
Fotodiox says all sales of the Fusion have been halted until a solution for the compatibility issue is found, which is most likely to be in the form of a firmware update. Customers will be notified when a solution is found.
In the meantime, Fotodiox is advising all owners of Fusion adapters to avoid pairing them with the affected Nikon 105mm Macro lens (or any other Nikon Macro lens for that matter). As always, if customers aren’t satisfied with their adapter, Fotodiox suggests returning the adapter for a full refund, “no questions asked.”