N50 won't work with manual lenses?

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Rob, Jul 25, 2003.

  1. Rob

    Rob Guest

    I just read that Nikon N50 camera won't work with manual focus lenses-is
    this true? Ijust ordered a cheap 28mm manual focus for it to try it out
    Rob, Jul 25, 2003
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  2. Unless you have a handheld meter (or want to buy one) then you should cancel
    your order.

    The AF 28mm Nikkor is relatively inexpensive used.
    Martin Francis, Jul 25, 2003
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  3. If I recall correctly that is true. The N60 (its successor if I'm not
    mistaken) also was incompatible with manual-focus Nikon lenses. With
    the modern cameras, the N55, N65, N75 and N80 (the latter an extremely
    well-regarded camera) all share this incompatibility.

    The F100 and F5 will work with them, but you only get standard
    center-weighted metering not Matrix Metering. Ditto the N90s. Only the
    Nikon F4 will work with them with Matrix Metering.

    Understand--you can take pictures with such lenses. They will mount on
    the camera fine. It's just that the built-in light meter and hence all
    automatic modes linked to it won't work. You won't even get manual
    exposure light metering. Rather, you'd have to guess (or use a
    hand-held meter) set the shutter speed on the camera using the command
    wheel and set the aperture using the lens itself--obviously in manual

    However, if your N50 has a built-in flash with TTL metering, you'd
    still have that if I'm right (although it would be conventional TTL
    not Matrix TTL etc). Also dedication Nikon flashes would I THINK work
    with conventional TTL flash. Of course you have to remember to set the
    shutter speed to the proper X-sync speed.

    Larry R Harrison Jr, Jul 25, 2003
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