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Using old non-AF lenses on a Nikon D70
Old 09-30-2004, 08:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My D70 should be here next week.

Question: I found an OLD Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 lens locally at a great price, the steel Japan model not the plastic China model, and it seems cherry, but it's like, totally, not auto-focus, y'know?

Can I put that glass on my D70 and just focus manually?

Would having this old a lens on suddenly cause other things on the D70 to not work?

Anything else I should know?
 
 
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some manual models can be used...in limited mode..should day in you manual...i have a link for a guy that does upgrades...i have 5 lens that are non-ai i am gonna get up graded to use on my F100..and will also be able to use safely on my D100...$35 each

send me an email I will send you the link......
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Re: Using old non-AF lenses on a Nikon D70
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I shoot with my 85 mm f1.4 MF on the D70 as well as my N90s. It works fine, but there is no in camera metering available. You'll have to set it manually and may need a seperate meter to get your exposure readings.

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here is that link
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http://www.aiconversions.com
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Hey thanks Jayson! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img]

That's realy really cool.

I think it'd actually be damn cool to shoot manually with an ancient lens on a new state of art digital body.

I appreciate the link very much.
 
 
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Thanks, that's very reassuring, appreciate the info!
 
 
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Kurt -

While there's a certain satisfaction to the idea, be aware that there's been some major advances in optical coatings in the past twenty years. Your old lens may have a superior finish and machining, but may be optically poorer - especially where flare is concerned. In a studio, this may not be so important, but I thought I'd mention it.

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