Can D300 meter for fully-manual lens

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by k-man, Apr 11, 2008.

  1. k-man

    k-man Guest


    I have a 1976 Vivitar Series 1 70-210. Awesome lens optically; but
    it's fully manual and my D70s doesn't do metering with it. I have to
    take a couple shots and check the exposure in the monitor and then I
    can start shooting. Question, does the D300 do metering for fully-
    manual lenses?


    k-man, Apr 11, 2008
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    Tony Polson Guest

    Yes, it meters with AIS lenses.
    Tony Polson, Apr 11, 2008
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    Toby Guest

    I have a D300, and it meters with everything in stop-down mode, and does it
    excellently. As Tony says, it will meter with Ai lenses because it has the
    mechanical sliding tab around the lens mount that pre-CPU lenses used to
    meter using the diaphragm ring (which the D70s lacks). You might, though,
    have trouble if your lens is pre-AI: the manual says that these lenses are
    not compatible with the D300.

    Toby, Apr 12, 2008
  4. k-man

    k-man Guest

    Thanks. The lens has a sliding tab on the mount that can control the
    diaphragm. Definitely no CPU contacts on the mount.

    k-man, Apr 23, 2008
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    dullpain Guest

    I have one of those somewhere in the old Minolta manual mount.
    dullpain, Apr 23, 2008
  6. k-man

    newsmb Guest

    It should do 2D matrix metering, as well as centre-weighted and spot.
    The difference between 2D and 3D metering is not great.

    I'm pretty sure that lens is AI-compatible. Otherwise the diaphragm
    would not be closing when mounted on your D70s.
    newsmb, Apr 23, 2008
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