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Nikon D80 with Manual Focus Lenses

Sajid Azmi , Feb 16, 2007; 07:20 p.m.


I've recently purchased the Nikon D80 DSLR Camera with the Nikon AF-S DX 18-70 Lens.

I also have a Nikon FE2 with Nikon Nikkor 50mm 1.2 Lens & a Nikkor Zoom 28-85 lens

Now as I'm reading the manual i know that I can use my manual focus lens with my D80 Camera in manual mode, but the focal length of the lens goes up 1.5 times, my 50mm lens behaves as a 75mm lens.

What I wanted to know is, I know that my 50mm lens it a very good lens which i don't want to part with, how do i use this lens on my digital D80 camera and in what situations. How do I make the best use of the lens.

Also I do have a SB-24 flash can i just use this flash with my D80, as this is my only external flash.

Any ideas/suggestions will help.




Hiro Matsu , Feb 16, 2007; 07:29 p.m.

I have just added an a.i.s. 50mm 1.8 and an FE to my collection. With the D80, I just make an estimation and shoot, check the histograms and adjust.

Alan Olander , Feb 16, 2007; 08:46 p.m.

You can use the 50mm with the camera set to manual exposure mode. You have to guess at the exposure and use the histogram to fine tune it, or use a hand held meter.

I'm not sure what you mean by, "How do I make the best use of the lens". Just use it like any other lens, except that it will be a little inconvenient in some situations because of the lack of metering

The SB-24 can only be used in manual or non-TTL auto modes.

steve barrett , Feb 17, 2007; 04:55 a.m.

I got a D80 yesterday. I used my 85mm AIS lens on it tonight and it worked great! I set it to M and measured the light with an incident meter. Focusing isn't wonderful, but it works.

Peter Hamm , Feb 17, 2007; 08:03 a.m.

Wide open that lens will be VERY hard to get in great focus with a D80, whose viewfinder is not designed to focus this lens well.

Try this. (It's been discussed before, but not always with the right reason.) Stop your lens down to 2 or 2.5, check out the depth of field preview, you will likely see no difference in depth of field, which means you won't be able to get tack sharp focus wide open.

Contrary to what has been said, this is NOT because the camera doesn't resolve depth of field correctly or because it "limits" the depth of field to 2.5. It is because the focusing screen is not able to resolve it well enough to focus. You can replace the focusing screen on the D80 I believe, others will have to chime in with how well that works.

So... Exposure aside, focusing at very large apertures will be more than a little problematic for you. Because of this, I am sticking with AF lenses on my cameras going forward.

PJ Pisczak , Feb 17, 2007; 08:07 a.m.

I have a D70s which I use my manual 60mm flat field or macro lens. Yes there is magnification, but it is a truly outstanding lens for depth of field and corner to corner correctness. Yes I also have to light meter separately, but I think digital may have actually given us a new appreciation for those older lenses. Have fun!


Albert Darmali , Feb 17, 2007; 07:41 p.m.

Always follow the green dot, you'll be fine most of the time.

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