Lenses & Lens Adapters

Lens adapters

Written by Gail Bjork

Using a lens adapter allows you to attach filters, converter lenses and other accessories to a digital camera.

Lens adapters are used to attach converter lenses, filters and other accessories such as close-up lenses to a digital camera. The adapter attaches to the front of a camera and fits over the lens mechanism, providing protection as the lens extends during camera operation.

Lens adapterAdapters generally do not interfere when zooming the lens, however some must to be removed to avoid blocking the built-in camera flash. They can be grasped while taking photos to help steady the camera and minimize camera shake.

Lens adapters are made of lightweight aluminum alloy or plastic. Some are threaded so they can be screwed onto the camera. Others have a bayonet mounting.

Lens adapters are often used with step-up and step-down rings so accessories and filters of other sizes can be attached to the camera. Accessories of a specific size can be used that are a different size from the diameter of the lens.

A lens adapter should be designed specifically for your brand digital camera. Make sure it does not cause vignetting at all focal lengths.

Read your camera manual for instructions about how to correctly mount and dismount the adapter. The manual provides information as to whether or not the adapter can be left on the camera at all times. If you plan to keep the lens adapter attached to your camera, make sure there is sufficient room in your camera bag so it fits properly.

Name brand as well as third party lens adapters can be purchased online from manufacturers. They can also be bought from retailers carrying the specific camera brand, but it’s wise to call ahead to see if the adapter you want is in stock.

About the author

Gail Bjork

Gail Bjork, who is passionate about digital photography, is the owner and editor of Digicamhelp.Gail is the author of three illustrated ebooks about digital photography. A number of her photos and digital photography related articles appear at other websites.In 2006, a series of her photos, People in the Louvre, were exhibited at the Underground Photo Gallery
in Iisalmi Finland. Eight of her photos taken in the Florida scrub are on permanent exhibition at Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, Florida.Gail served twelve years as an elected member of The School Board of Palm Beach County, Florida, one of the largest school districts in the U.S. She has also been the editor of a small town newspaper and a free-lance writer. Gail and her husband owned and ran several small businesses.