Will D50's light meter work with Nikkor 50mm f1.4?

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Scott Speck, Jun 10, 2006.

  1. Scott Speck

    Scott Speck Guest

    Would my D50's light meter work with a Nikkor 50mm f1.4 manual focus lens?
    Thanks for any info...
    Scott Speck, Jun 10, 2006
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    HankB Guest

    HankB, Jun 10, 2006
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  3. Nope, it won't. On a digital it's pretty easy to set exposures by
    guess *and then verify with the LCD / histogram*, but that's not good
    enough for some things (where there's only one chance, often). I used
    old manual focus lenses a lot on my Fuji S2 even though it wouldn't
    meter with them, but I'm glad my D200 supports metering through them.
    David Dyer-Bennet, Jun 11, 2006
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    DoN. Nichols Guest

    Not only would the metering not work, but you possibly would not
    even be able to mount the lens on the camera without damaging something.
    If the lens is one of the older ones made for the Nikon-F, without the
    "AI" (Aperture Indexed) aperture ring, it would bind on the sensor near
    the stop-down button on the front of the camera body (or does the D50
    even have that button). Anyway -- it is a little black piece of plastic
    projecting from about the 7:00 position when you view the lens mount
    from the lens side of things. It senses whether or not the aperture
    ring is set to minimum aperture, to allow the camera body to fully
    control the aperture throughout the range. Note that your "kit" lenses
    will have no aperture ring, but they convince the body that things are
    fine via the communication through the electrical interface contacts.

    However, there are AF 50mm f1.4 lenses. I picked up one used
    about a year ago for $100.00 from the local camera store. To the left
    of the focus window it is marked "Nikon" "AF NIKKOR", and to the right
    it is marked "50mm" and "1:1.4". It has pretty much the same markings
    around the lens front element. Not only does it mount with no problems,
    but it meters properly as well.

    And it works very nicely for low light photography.

    Good Luck,
    DoN. Nichols, Jun 11, 2006
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