Nikon FM2 and Modern Lenses

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by cfb, Nov 9, 2006.

  1. cfb

    cfb Guest

    Hey All,

    I am looking at buying a Nikon FM2 and was wondering; Will any new
    lenses work with this camera? I am rather confused about the AI lens

    cfb, Nov 9, 2006
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    Max Perl Guest

    Most will work. Of course DX lenses will give you dark corners and G-lenses
    (without apperture ring) is a
    bad as you can't set the apperture. But else you can use e.g. the AFS
    17-35/2.8 zoom, AFD 85/1.4 and so on.

    Max Perl, Nov 9, 2006
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  3. The lenses designed for the digital cameras will not work. The area
    of coverage is too small. Any "G" type lens will not work either.
    The "G" lenses (which include many of the digital camera lenses) have
    no apeture (F stop) ring so you can't set the F stop.

    In an emergency, you can use stop down metering and exposure, which will
    give you the miniumum (highest F number) apeture.

    Since the FM2 has no automatic modes, any AI or AIs lens will work fine.

    Nikon started making AI lenses in 1977, older lenses could be converted.
    IMHO if you don't have any lenses, I would not bother with converting
    an older lens. The difference in price between a pre-AI and AI lens
    will probably be less than converting one.

    Series "E" lenses work well on the camera and give you a lot of value.
    Autofocus lenses that have an apeture ring on them will also work
    fine, but the manual focus ones would be easier to focus, having wider
    focusing rings and a helical focusing mechanism.

    Geoffrey S. Mendelson, Nov 9, 2006
  4. While all of Nikon's current lens offerings will mount on an FM2,
    many of their newest designs are designated with a 'G', indicating that
    they do not have an aperture ring. These 'G' lenses are effectively
    useless on an FM2.

    Some of the 'G' lenses are also designated as DX. These lenses are
    designed specifically for use on dSLR's and do not cover the full 35mm
    frame at all focal lengths.

    Do not use the (thankfully discontinued) IX-Nikkors on your FM2.
    Attempting to do so can damage both the camera and lens.

    That still leaves quite a few lenses in production, plus a huge
    number of both autofocus and manual focus used lenses. You'll
    find that the manual focus lenses have a far better feel when
    focusing and are bargains to boot. I recently paid $100 for a
    pristine Nikkor 80-200mm f/4 in AIs mount.
    Nikon compatibility rules are arcane to say the least, and if some
    of the rumors floating around are true it's only going to get worse.

    Here's a compatibility chart that may help:
    Michael Benveniste, Nov 10, 2006
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    cfb Guest

    Thank you for a very clear response!
    cfb, Nov 10, 2006
  6. I have an FM2n, and I was looking for a zoom lens a year or two ago. I
    ended up buying an autofocus lens, as the price was less new than
    manual focus, which seem not to be currently made in quantity.

    I did find that the manual focus was different from manual focus
    lenses, but once I was accustomed to its new location and "faster"
    focusing, it didn't matter to me. I would not let the matter of
    different focus stop me from buying another one - I don't see it as
    easier; it's just different till you get used to it.

    Your explanation of different types of lenses is excellent. Thank you.
    Phil Stripling, Nov 10, 2006
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