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Old Oct 4, 2007, 4:34 PM   #1
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I'm just getting started in digital photography. I have 3 old manual focus Nikon F mount (bayonetType) lenses that I would like to be able to use on a new SLR camera, which I haven't purchased. Are the Nikon D40 and the D80 both compatible with these lenses? Will the quality of picture-taking be the same, or is it better to just buy a new lense with the camera?
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Old Oct 5, 2007, 10:27 AM   #2
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I dont think the older lens's will work, I have a D70 and my older film lens's do not work on it.
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Old Oct 5, 2007, 1:26 PM   #3
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Non-CPU Manual Focus Nikkor lenses won't meter on the entry level Nikon dSLR models.

So, you'd be shooting blind (you'd need to estimate the ISO speed, aperture and shutter speed needed, or use an external light meter to measure it.

Also, if the lenses are not AI (Auto Indexing) you'll risk damaging the D80 (although you can mount them OK on a D40 or D40x, you still wouldn't have a meter).

Now, you can use a third party Nikkor F mount to Canon EF mount lens adapter on the entry level Canon dSLR models with older Nikkor MF lenses and have metering. I think the same thing applies to some of the other brands of dSLR bodies (just check to make sure any adapter you use allows infinity focus).

But, you can't use them with the entry level Nikon dSLR models if you want metering (and you have to convert them to AI with the D80 if they're not Auto Indexing lenses to mount them safely according to Nikon, and you still wouldn't have metering).

The least expensive current dSLR available from Nikon that would meter with non-CPU Manual Focus lenses is the D200.

What kind of lenses are they?

Unless they're very high end lenses and you've really taken a liking to them (or want to go with a higher end Nikon body), your best bet would probably be to replace them with newer lenses if you go with a dSLR.

You may find the compatibility charts on this page to be helpful:

http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/compatibility-lens.htm

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Old Oct 5, 2007, 1:33 PM   #4
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You may have to use at least a D200 for the older lenses.

Check out the info on the Nikon site.

http://nikonimaging.com/global/products/brochure.htm


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Old Oct 5, 2007, 9:14 PM   #5
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Whoa. You could mount a Nikkor F mount lens onto a Canon EF body? I have a Rebel XTi. Is it worth considering a used Nikon 35mm f/1.4 manual focus lens to save a bunch of $$ over the Canon 35 f/1.4L if I dont mind the manual focus aspect? Where would you buy an adapter for this?
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You can try e-Bay, there are usually a lot of them.

Or these guys:

http://haodascreen.com/default.aspx
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Whoa. You could mount a Nikkor F mount lens onto a Canon EF body? I have a Rebel XTi. Is it worth considering a used Nikon 35mm f/1.4 manual focus lens to save a bunch of $$ over the Canon 35 f/1.4L if I dont mind the manual focus aspect? Where would you buy an adapter for this?

suggest you look at http://www.kenrockwell.com and check out his use of old N glass on C bodies.

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from a "search" on his site:

http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/nikcan.htm






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