60's era Nikor lens on D50

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by bschuh, Jan 18, 2006.

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    bschuh Guest

    I have a 1960's era Nikon F1 with several manual Nikor lenses. Are
    these of any value or use whatsoever on a D50 body? Or should I just
    start over if I go digital? Thanks for helping a newby.
    bschuh, Jan 18, 2006
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    Jeremy Nixon Guest

    Assuming the lenses were obtained in that period and not subsequently
    modified, they would require physical modification to "AI" specs in order
    to use them. They will not physically mount on the camera without that
    modification, and if you try to force the issue, it can damage the camera.

    Google "Nikon lens AI modification" (or conversion) for information.
    Jeremy Nixon, Jan 19, 2006
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    Sheldon Guest

    I have some early nikon lenses that I use on a D70. Most had to be modified
    to AI specs, and they do not couple to the meter on the D70 in any way. You
    must use them in manual mode, setting the shutter speed in the camera and
    the aperture at the lens. They have no automatic focus, so you have to do
    that manually, and you either have to use a meter or take a good guess using
    the LCD display for exposures. However, they produce excellent images. The
    SB800 flash also works well with manual lenses.

    At least, unlike the old days, you can see your image immediately after it's
    shot and make the necessary adjustments.
    Sheldon, Jan 19, 2006
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    babalooixnay Guest

    Check that they've been AI'd! (If you find an old camera shop they can
    probably send you to someone who can AI them. Involves a small amount
    of machining on a mount face). They can still be great lenses
    especially if they were the fast or PC versions. I have a 35 f1.4 and
    an 85 f1.4 that I used on my F bodies and I'd be hard pressed to let go
    of them. I use them now occasionally on a D50.
    babalooixnay, Jan 19, 2006
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    Matt Clara Guest

    I've used him for a 55mm macro someone gave me, which I now use on a D70.
    As it turns out, the old 55mm macro isn't that great at macros, at least not
    at extremly sharp ones, but, the lens was free and the conversion only $40,
    including S&H.
    Matt Clara, Jan 19, 2006
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