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Useing Non-AI Nikon lenes on EOS with adapter

 
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Aug 21, 2008 09:20 |  #1

Is this possible? I know that AI and newer can, but I read something that said that new Nikons shouldn't even use the Non-AI lenses because it could damage the camera... Is this true for using an adapter as well?


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Aug 21, 2008 10:06 |  #2

No, you're fine, especially with a crop body. Some of the older lenses may have a protruding rear element, so they may interfere with the mirror on full frame cameras, but it won't matter on your 20D. You'll probably want to stick to AI and AIs lenses anyway, since they have better coatings and more modern designs, (or Contax, or Olympus OM, or Leica, or M42 lenses.) Welcome to the world of alternative glass!

The non-Ai won't work on modern Nikon's because they still have that aperture pin, but it doesn't mesh well...you have no such aperture control pin to worry about on your Canon gear, so the stop-down metering will work just fine.

BTW...if you start buying older, high quality glass for cheap, you may find yourself enjoying the process more. I actually use my manual focus primes more than my autofocus lenses right now. I'll pop on my AF lenses if I need AF, or if they are telephoto (70-200) or wide, but for portraiture and such, I like my MF primes (especially my Rokkor 58 f/1.2 and my Zeiss 85 f/2.8)


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Aug 21, 2008 17:14 |  #3

Some old Nikkors (my 24/2.8 was one) have a rear baffle (about an inch-long arc) THAT WILL NOT FIT INOT THE CANON. It must/can be removed, or filed down.

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Aug 21, 2008 17:32 |  #4

Other than some people think a Nikon lens mounted on a Canon body "looks funny," you are fine. Just watch out though - once you start getting adapters you may not look back. Look at my gear list for a few examples.


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Aug 21, 2008 17:53 |  #5

Thanks for all of the help


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Aug 24, 2008 09:11 |  #6

I am considering getting a Nikkor 55 1.2 for my 5D. I have read somewhere that there could be interference issues with the AI versions, because of the "post " that sticks out.
Can anyone confirm or deny this?

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Aug 24, 2008 09:17 |  #7

piggy wrote in post #6167508 (external link)
I am considering getting a Nikkor 55 1.2 for my 5D. I have read somewhere that there could be interference issues with the AI versions, because of the "post " that sticks out.
Can anyone confirm or deny this?

Thanks.

True, if it's like the 24mm above...the 1" metal arc baffle extends beyond the rear element...however, it can be removed like above...
BUTTTTTTT......
there is the OTHER issue of the rear element itself extending into the body cavity and scraping the mirror which the element prevents flapping up....
Some have had the mirror shaved to eliminate this...at no small expense though...worth it? Don't know...


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