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Use of old lenses on a new Digital Nikon D80

Juan P Loria , Jan 11, 2007; 02:43 p.m.

Can I use my old lenses on those new Digital Cameras

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Younes Bounhar , Jan 11, 2007; 03:12 p.m.

It depends on the mounts. The non-CPU lenses do not meter or autofocus. I think they have all the info in the user's manual.

Juan Parménides , Jan 11, 2007; 03:49 p.m.

The answer, normally, is no. Only the Nikon D200 and the Nikon upper cameras can manage the non-cpu lens. Regards.

Tom J (Seattle) , Jan 11, 2007; 04:11 p.m.

What? Of course the older lenses will work with the D80. You can use the AIS, AI and AID lenses. I use AIS lenses all of the time with my D70s. They won't autofocus nor meter on a D80 but with a little practice you'll likely find, like I have, that this isn't much of an issue. It's a complete non-issue for studio photography.

Heck, it might even improve your skills by not using metering and having to get a better feel for lighting and how it relates to shutter speed and f stop.

To me, one of the reasons to go Nikon is the older lenses.

Joseph Smith , Jan 11, 2007; 04:26 p.m.

If you already have the older AIS lenses, and do not already own a Nikon DSLR, then I would recommend you buy the D 200. Haviong the ability to meter is a real benefit. You want to get excellent images at the moment you take the image and this means the best possible exposure available to you. With the D 80 and Nikon AIS lenses that means using an external light meter or using the histogram. If you go the histogram route, shoot RAW and adjust for exposure errors post processing. My shooting style suggets you get it right in the camera which is why I bought the D 200 for use with my AIS lenses. Joe Smith

Michael R. Freeman , Jan 11, 2007; 04:43 p.m.

Can I use my old lenses ...

Yes.

No.

Maybe.

Pick one of the above.

I don't think anyone here is a mind reader. We haven't the slightest clue as to what your "old" lenses are. Without that info, attempting to answer your question is rather pointless.

Dan McClain , Jan 11, 2007; 04:58 p.m.

AIS, AI, and AI'd lenses work great for some applications

I use quite a few AI lenses on my D50. One of my favorite combinations i the Nikkor AI 55mm 3.5 macro lens on my D50 for photos of food. As long as you check the monitor after the exposure for adjustments you can geat great photos. Just keep the crop factor in mind when buying AI lenses for use on digital bodies, and don't try to mount a non-AI lens on your digital body.

Michael Axel , Jan 11, 2007; 05:21 p.m.

I used to use AIS lenses on a D50. It is doable, but when I got a D200, I realized how painful the process was, by comparison.

Nancy Stock , Jan 11, 2007; 05:55 p.m.

If the lens has not been Ai'd (most these days are) then, no, you cannot.

You can get the lens "Ai'd" which removes material from the mount. There are two types of AI conversions. If you get the wrong one the lens won't clear and it won't mount.

Someone bought me a nice 105mm lens and had it Ai'd but it would not work on my fuji S2. The reason is it needed the "other" conversion.

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