Older Nikon lenses used with Canon Digital, like D10, D20

Discussion in 'Canon' started by W.Boyce, Dec 8, 2009.

  1. W.Boyce

    W.Boyce Guest

    I have some really nice Nikon lenses and now shoot mostly digital with a
    D50 or else film in my FE-2, FA, or F100 and have pictures put directly
    on a CD. Someone writes that the above digital Canon cameras actually do
    a better job compatibility-wise than a digital Nikon in accepting these
    lenses (with a mounting adapter, of course)while preserving much of
    their functionality but no autofocus. Anyone have any experience in
    this area? I can pick up an older canon fairly reasonably and hate to
    see all that fast Nikkor glass just sitting on the shelf. Also I
    collected and used rare nikkor lenses for years and want to use them
    more. Thanks, Bill
    W.Boyce, Dec 8, 2009
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    Tim Conway Guest

    You could probably pick up a used Nikon D200 or D80 really reasonable and be
    able to use all your old Nikkor glass direct.
    Tim Conway, Dec 8, 2009
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    Guest Guest

    with a nikon lens on a canon body, you will stuck with manual focus and
    stop down metering, which is not 100% accurate either, regardless of

    on a nikon body, all autofocus lenses will focus and meter on a d50.
    only on a d40 series camera is there no autofocus with the older
    non-afs lenses (but there will still be metering). with manual focus
    lenses, there will only be metering on the higher end bodies (d200
    class and better). that's not really a big deal, since with digital you
    can take a few test shots and determine the exposure.

    your best bet is to get a d300 if you have old manual focus lenses.
    Guest, Dec 8, 2009
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    Paul Furman Guest

    Yeah, anything below a D200 won't meter; that's annoying. It's
    ostensibly to prevent faulty metering complaints due to vignetting wide
    open; if the camera doesn't know what the lens is, it can't calculate
    that accurately. A used D200 is the best option and will work for
    anything but pre-Ai, which oddly will mount safely on a D40 in manual :)

    Canons will meter with anything but won't stop down the aperture for
    you, so the lens must have an aperture ring. If you like to stop down,
    this will be annoying, if you shoot mostly wide open or nearly, it's no

    Paul Furman

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    Paul Furman, Dec 9, 2009
  5. W.Boyce

    Guest Guest

    the reason is because there's a mechanical coupling and nikon didn't
    bother to include it on the lower priced models since not that many
    people are going to bother using older lenses.
    true, g lenses won't work but there's an adapter that supposedly works
    with those.
    Guest, Dec 9, 2009
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    Paul Furman Guest

    There is an adapter that lets you set the aperture on a little slider
    for stop down metering.

    Paul Furman

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    Paul Furman, Dec 11, 2009
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