Posted: 2. January 2019 at 15:15 CEST

By: Team

Nikon Z6, Z7: Issues with the adapter FTZ and quick release plates

Nikon provides the mount adapter FTZ for the Z6 and Z7 to attach older Nikon F lenses to the new mirrorless cameras. The adapter has a tripod thread on the underside that can not be removed. This creates an issue if the camera is mounted to a tripod via a quick release plate.

Adapter mated to Z6; as you can see the adapter’s tripod socket protrudes about 5mm compared to the camera’s bottom plate:

Nikon Z6, Z7 Adapter FTZ Tripod Quick Release

Not necessarily a problem, but the camera’s own thread is very close to the forward edge of the body, best seen from above:

Nikon Z6, Z7 Adapter FTZ Tripod

The distance from the center of the camera’s tripod thread to the adapter’s body is only 17mm.

As a result QR plates will not fit to the body when the adapter is mounted:

Nikon Z6, Z7 Adapter FTZ Tripod QR Plate Arca

We tried about half a dozen Arca-Swiss compatible plates, some slotted, some with a single hole. Not one worked.

Likewise, if the camera is mounted via a QR plate to the tripod you can’t attach the adapter to the body because the plate is in the way.

Datasheet Nikon Z6
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