Will Nikon FT3 & EL2 take non-AI lens?

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by miz999, Sep 29, 2004.

  1. miz999

    miz999 Guest

    I have following questions:

    1. Will FT3 & EL2 fully compatible(aperture,metering, DoF preview etc.) with
    non-AI lens?
    2. I read from a book that EL2 has SPD cell, how about FT3/FT2/FTN and EL?
    Are they as accurate as EL2?

    Thanks!
     
    miz999, Sep 29, 2004
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  2. Yes, but not full-aperture metering. You have to flip the meter coupling
    tab up and meter in stop-down mode. Alternatively, you can get the lens
    AI-modified.
    The FT-series cameras use a CdS cell; the EL uses SPD. CdS cells aren't
    less accurate but they are less sensitive in dim light. They also have a
    bit of memory effect - if you point them at very bright things, it takes
    them a few minutes to give accurate readings in low light again.

    Jim
     
    Jim MacKenzie, Sep 29, 2004
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    Michael Zhao Guest

    Thanks for detailed information.

    Is AI lens fully compatibale with non-AI cameras?
     
    Michael Zhao, Sep 29, 2004
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    Gordon Moat Guest

    The EL2 has the same metering as the FE. While it is a very simple system, it
    is also very accurate and reliable. Some lenses will need to be used stopped
    down for metering. I am less familiar with the FT3.
     
    Gordon Moat, Sep 29, 2004
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  5. Yes, as long as they have the meter coupling shoe (the metal thingy that
    mounts at f/5.6 on the aperture ring and receives the meter coupling pin on
    non-AI bodies). If you add one of these shoes, even autofocus lenses
    (except the G series, which lack an aperture ring) will work fine on non-AI
    bodies.

    All non-AI, AI, and AI-S lenses (except the second version of the AI-S
    50/1.8, non-AI lenses that are slower than f/5.6, and shift lenses, which
    don't meter couple at all) have the meter coupling shoe so you can just
    mount and go. Some people think the Nikkormat FT2 is the best Nikkormat to
    use with manual lenses for this very reason - AI and AI-S lenses work on it
    just like non-AI lenses do.

    Jim
     
    Jim MacKenzie, Sep 30, 2004
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