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Old Jan 26, 2008, 1:07 PM   #1
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Twenty -five years ago I bought a Nikon FE2 and a bunch of lens. Is there a digital camera that will alow me to use the Nikkor lens?
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Old Jan 26, 2008, 1:21 PM   #2
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If they are Ai lenses you can use them on any Nikon Body. But no metering with most of them.

For metering with the Ai lenses you will need a D200, D300 or the extreamly expencive D3

You can also get an adapter that will allow you to use them with Canon cameras. But I have no idea how well this works.

Just remember That with all these camera's except the D3 your lenses will have a more telephoto effect than the do on your FE by a factor of 1.5 ie. you 50mm will give the feild of view of a 75mm.


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Old Jan 26, 2008, 11:11 PM   #3
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Olympus or other four-thirds format cameras allow the use of an adapter to take virtually all (except Canon) legacy SLR lenses. I have several Nikkor lenses I use on my Olympus E-300, E-1, and E-3, and they produce unique results.
However, AF is disabled (so manual focusing only), and exposure is either manual or Aperture-priority. Also, unless you use a special electronic interface (called a "Dandelion"), you won't have focus confirmation or in-body Image Stabilization, either. But they are still fun to use. Here's a few samples:

Nikkor SC 55mm f1.2 on Olympus E-3, 1/30s @ f1.2, ISO 1000:


Nikkor SC 55mm f1.2 on Olympus E-1, 1/40s @ f1.2, ISO 100



Nikkor 20mm f3.5 on Olympus E-300, 1/80s @ f5.6, ISO 400




Nikkor 20mm f3.5 on Olympus E-300, 1/640s @f5.6, ISO 200:




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And of course there are adapters to allow just about any SLR lens to work with the Canon EOS mount. What features they have varies of course.
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Old Feb 1, 2008, 5:55 AM   #5
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I still have my Olympus OM20 with 28 mm, 50 mm and zoom telephoto lenses. I was so disappointed with print quality when I came to Greece that I took very few pictures with my camera. We now have an Oly 2100UZ (but only 2.1 M) and the better half's Pentax M20. I have a bit more spare cash floating about (burning away in my pocket!) I was considering getting a digital SLR. So does this mean my SLR lenses would work OK with a new Oly (or other) digital SLR? They are just basic lenses, no auto anything. It took a lot of hard work to buy my lenses back then and it is such a shame they are no longer used. I can use the OM20 body on my telescope but the lenses are just sitting there
Norm in Fujino those photos are great!
I have no prob with manual/AP exposure but the idea of lack of metering altogether is a bit worriesome - mind you ... since we are talking digi not film, I can snap away till it's right!
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I have no prob with manual/AP exposure but the idea of lack of metering altogether is a bit worriesome - mind you ... since we are talking digi not film, I can snap away till it's right!
No, light metering still works; what I said was that IS (image stabilization) and focus confirmation indicator don't work. But!!!--, Olympus just came out with a firmware upgrade last week for the E-510 and E-3 that enables IS with legacy lenses; all you have to do is input the focal length of the lens when using a legacy lens. HOWEVER, the focus confirmation indicator still doesn't work. Everyone's hoping that will be in the next firmware upgrade.

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Excellent! Thanks for that. Now I just have to sell the other half on the idea! And start reading up on DSLRs.
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