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Old 03-02-2010   #1
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Can the latest digital Nikon bodies still accept the old MF Nikon Lenses?

If not a direct fit, are there adapters?

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They can use most of the older lenses, but you will only be able to use full manual and you control your aperture via the aperture ring on the lens not on the camera.

If you mount the lens without the camera in M mode then you will get a -f- error on the top display on the camera.

I used my old E series 50mm f/1.8 like this for almost a year before I broke down and bought the new version.
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I used my old E series 50mm f/1.8 like this for almost a year before I broke down and bought the new version.
I put my 50mm f/1.8 series E on my D50 and went out into the light of a full moon. I used M mode, set the lens to f/4, and tried time settings between 10-20 seconds. I was very impressed, I had a lot of fun, and only later realized it was very cold out that night!

Oh and I was surprised how much orange glow there was from the street lamp on the other side of the house.
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Varies with what body is used, some are AI/AIS only, and others will accept pre AI. Metering will vary too. So, the answer will be specific to each body and lens.
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Here are a couple of nice sites with info on this..

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Old 03-09-2010   #6
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Thats one nice about the D3000 I can use the older lenses on it. All manual but I'm use to that from useing the old Nikon F. I hate the kit lens that came with the camera won't tell the wife though she got it for x.mas for me good starter for me
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Thats one nice about the D3000 I can use the older lenses on it. All manual but I'm use to that from useing the old Nikon F. I hate the kit lens that came with the camera won't tell the wife though she got it for x.mas for me good starter for me
Which kit lens? My D50 4+ years ago came with the 18-55 (Non-VR) and I love that lens. As per Ken Rockwell that lens rocks.
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The kit lens is okay I'm just use to my old Nikon glass. aand i shoot manual alot don't like the focus way up front It's to small for my hands. Don't mean to get anybody upset were all differentthats just what how I learned to photograpgh
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Don't get me wrong, I love my old Manual lenses however don't use them much even though my D300 will allow me to do full matrix metering with them and it also stores the EXIF data which includes the f/stop in the images.

Maybe the best lens ever is the Tamron 70-210 f/3.5 which I love but with digital I find it harder to manual focus. Tamron SP Adaptall-2 70-210mm F/3.5 Model 19AH the best thing about this lens is the push/pull zoom/focus

I also have a Tamron 28-80 which may very well be better then the 16-85

And an old 50mm 1.8 that I bought with my 1st Nikon N2000 in around 1984. I have since upgrade to the 1.8 auto focus (which needs the camera body motor)
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I have 4 mint Nikkor lenses dating back from 1969 to 1973...all work extremely well with the newer Nikon's....Some of the older lenses are incredible.

I would have to agree the 18-55mm is a great lens...


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