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Thread started 07 Dec 2014 (Sunday) 22:20
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Lens adapters for using non-Nikon lenses on Nikon DSLR's

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SF Bay Area, NorCal
Dec 07, 2014 22:20 |  #1

Being new to Nikon I was wondering what other lenses can be used on Nikon cameras that were made for other cameras. What adapters do you use? I know Canon lenses are out of the question but what about Contax-Yashica, Minolta, Pentax Leica, Olympus OM, Rollei, etc. with an adapter. I had some very nice non-Canon mount lenses I used to use on my 5DmkIII and I'd like to try the same on my new D810.

I posted here instead of the lenses sub-forum because I'm really looking for recommendations on quality brand adapter(s) that others have used before, mainly M42 or C/Y to be specific, with their Nikon cameras.

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Dec 08, 2014 00:52 |  #2

Nikon has a long flange focal distance, so I don't know of any other brand lenses that will fit, except for the older "T-mount" lenses with the specific T-mount adapter. But they will all be manual focus, manual exposure, manual everything.


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Nottingham, UK
Dec 08, 2014 05:02 |  #3

There's a good list of camera flange distances hereexternal link - you'll see Nikon is way down the list, but in theory anything further down the list than Nikon could be adapted to fit Nikon AND retain infinity focus.

I have a cheap M42 adaptor (bought on ebay) that works fine mechanically, but I lose infinity focus - in fact with a Helios 135mm f2.8 M42 lens I can't focus much beyond 18-20 feet or so.


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Dec 08, 2014 11:54 |  #4

Don't bother. You can't adapt other formats to the F mount without replacing the lens mount itself. The good side is that there are many Ai and AIs nikon lenses for cheap too. Try the Vivitar series and Tamron adaptall lenses.

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