new digital body - old lenses

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by cbrs, Mar 10, 2005.

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    cbrs Guest

    I started with digigal cameras with a simple point and shoot. I'd now
    like to evolve into a slr system.
    I have a couple of older Nikon lenses that I used with my Nikon film

    A macro lens: Nikon Micro-Nikkor-P.C. Auto 1:3.5 f=55mm
    A longer lens: Nikkor-Q Auto 1:3.5 f=135mm

    Is there a Nikon digital body that would allow me to use these lenses?
    (I am particularly fond of the macro lens for close-up work re:
    geology /tissue samples) - or are the mount standards different
    cbrs, Mar 10, 2005
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  2. Yes, any of them. Also the Fuji DSLRs (S1, S2, S3) and the Kodak

    However, the ones based on consumer bodies, including the three
    Fuji's and the Nikon D100 and D70, will not *meter* with these older
    lenses. Given the histogram display and the immediate feedback, I
    don't find this a problem; I use my older AIS lenses quite a lot. But
    some people find it a serious problem, either because of their own
    habits, or the types of photography they do.

    The D1 and D2, and the older Kodak models (before the 14), based on
    pro-level bodies, will meter with these older lenses.
    David Dyer-Bennet, Mar 10, 2005
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  3. Assuming you convert the lenses to Ai.
    Philip Homburg, Mar 10, 2005
  4. Hmmmm, I wasn't looking closely enough at exactly the lenses he
    listed! My oldest Nikon lenses date back to 1980, and are AIS; I tend
    to forget that some people may actually be using still older examples!
    David Dyer-Bennet, Mar 10, 2005
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    Sheldon Guest

    I'm using lenses from the 70's that were recently converted. Great images,
    although I can't use the meter in the camera. Incredible images from my
    55mm macro.
    Sheldon, Mar 14, 2005
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    DoN. Nichols Guest

    [ ... ]
    Note that some of those lenses (but not all) can be retrofitted
    with a CPU to give you at least the metering, and camera body control of
    lens aperture -- though certainly not the autofocus.

    I have (so far) had one lens converted -- a 180mm f2.8 Nikor,
    which works flawlessly with my D70 -- unless you mind that it records
    the focal length as 300 mm in the information recorded in the photos.
    (It has not been a problem for me, since I don't *own* a 300mm lens to
    confuse it with. :)

    The fellow who does the conversions may sometimes take longer
    than the lens' owner would like, but it works nicely in my experience
    based on this one example. I'm likely to send off my 20mm f2.8 next.

    DoN. Nichols, Mar 14, 2005
  7. Unfortunately, most of the ones I care about can't be. And given how
    badly TTL flash works in the S2, I'm less interested than I might
    otherwise be in chipping the lenses. I've also heard some recent
    reports of problems with the main guy doing it.
    Last I checked the 58mm f1.2 NOCT wasn't eligible (no f1.2 chips). A
    couple of the others are, but it hasn't reached the top of the stack.
    David Dyer-Bennet, Mar 14, 2005
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    some guy Guest

    Which Canon 35mm lenes will work as seemlessly as a "digital" lens?
    (For a Digital Rebel.)
    some guy, Mar 16, 2005
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    Skip M Guest

    If you mean EF mount lenses, all of them. If you mean FD mount lenses, none
    of them.
    Some of the EF mount lenses produce better images than others, we were
    disappointed in the quality of the 28-105 on our 20D that worked ok with our
    10D, the fisheye lenses don't have nearly the distortion that they do on
    film, so on...
    Skip M, Mar 17, 2005
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