About this product
Part Number: ZWO-FD-NIKON
New Filter Drawer for Nikon Lenses and ASI Cooled Cameras
Designed by ZWO, this handy filter drawer makes it easy to use 2" filters between a Nikon lens and ZWO cooled camera.
Compatible with all ZWO cooled cameras with 17.5mm back focus (excludes GT series).
Accepts all ZWO 2" filters and most other filters within the sizes shown below:
Magnetised for a strong, secure hold of the filter drawer and easy filter swaps.
M42 / T threaded interface to the camera but includes an M54M to M42F adapter to use with full-frame cameras.
Connecting to ASI1600/294/183/533:
*The M54M-M42F adapter is needed when connected to full frame cameras ASI6200/2400.
- 70mm diameter x 29mm (thickness)
- M42 x 0.75 male (external) thread (camera side)
- M48 x 0.75 female (internal) thread (filter end)
- Suitable for 2-inch astronomical filters
What's in the box
- Filter Drawer Holder
- 2" Filter Drawer
- M54M to M42F Adapter
|Average Rating (1 Review): |Good for telephoto Nikon F mount lenses with an aperture ring
Thursday, 11 February 2021 | William
This arrived recently from FLO and I’ve had a few days to test it. It is very solidly built and holds the lens securely. The M42 thread camera side works well with astrocams with a 17.5mm sensor depth and a 42mm thread and there is an adapter for larger. I did some daytime tests with my Nikon 180mm lens and an Altair Hypercam 26c that like some of the ZWO cams has that 17.5mm internal distance from the thread base to the sensor. In this case the adapter is perfectly calibrated and infinity focus is in the right place.
However, when a filter is inserted matters change. With the unit by itself you need to focus short of infinity as the adapter itself offers no adjustment to compensate for the thickness of the filter glass. On telephoto lenses this is likely to not be a problem. If you want to go to shorter focal lengths, especially for wide angle Milky Way shots, expect to have to add spacers up to 1/3 the filter thickness. This is no big deal.
A bigger issue is the lack of any aperture control for G class lenses. Other manufacturers of similar adapters either have a pin to hold the lens wide open or full adjustment. If your lens has an aperture control ring their is no problem, so the fully manual lenses from Samyang and Zeiss are fine, as is my older Nikon 180mm. Otherwise you will need to faff around with small (dental) rubber bands. E lenses can usually be fooled into holding a particular aperture by removing them from
A DSLR body where the aperture has been set to where you want it. I’d give this product 5* if it had aperture adjustment built in.
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