Nikon 500mm reflex on dSLR

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Jürgen Exner, Nov 28, 2007.

  1. Does anybody have actual experience (positiv or negative) with mounting the
    Nikon 500mm f8 reflex lens non-IA on a recent dSLR like the D80 or D200?

    According to the camera manuals and Nikon web site it's not possible.
    However many people claim they are successfully using non-IA lenses on
    dSLRs.
    Wondering if anybody is actually using or tried to use this lens on a dSLR.

    jue
     
    Jürgen Exner, Nov 28, 2007
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    Paul Furman Guest

    No but I'll share what I understand about the issue.
    It's too iffy so they don't attempt to explain the possibilities.

    The D40 will mount non-Ai lenses, the risk with a D200 as I understand
    is the aperture tab on the body can get smashed/bent because there is no
    space for it on the lens mount. This is easy to visually check while
    testing. Some film bodies had the ability to fold that tab out of the
    way. It's conceivable you could just take a dremel tool to the lens to
    make clearance for this.

    The other possibility (not confirmed but I've heard it suggested as a
    potential issue) is part of the lens running into the electrical
    contacts. You can measure & try to evaluate if this will be an issue but
    you can't see inside while mounting <grin>. Modern electrified lenses
    have a row of 'ball bearing' looking electrical contacts and the body
    has little metal spots to match up with those.

    But yeah apparently each lens is different. I can mount a pre-Ai
    extension tube and reversing ring without problems on my D200.
     
    Paul Furman, Nov 28, 2007
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    Norm Dresner Guest

    | Does anybody have actual experience (positiv or negative) with mounting
    the
    | Nikon 500mm f8 reflex lens non-IA on a recent dSLR like the D80 or D200?
    |
    | According to the camera manuals and Nikon web site it's not possible.
    | However many people claim they are successfully using non-IA lenses on
    | dSLRs.
    | Wondering if anybody is actually using or tried to use this lens on a
    dSLR.
    |
    | jue
    |

    I've used the 500 reflex on my D70 many times. So far no observable damage.
    Of course I prefer it on the F100 since that camera will use it in A-mode
    rather than the manual mode of Nikon's "non-professional" digital bodies.

    Norm
     
    Norm Dresner, Nov 28, 2007
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    george Guest

    AI lenses have a notch in the mount to allow for a meter coupling tab...if
    in doubt, you can always have www.aiconversions.com modify your lens for a
    very reasonable fee (I think it was about $20 the last time I checked). I
    have a Soligor 500mm T-mount that is a non-issue for any of my Nikons...the
    T-mount clears the tab nicely so the lens works without any problems.
     
    george, Nov 29, 2007
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