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Canon lens on Nikon D200

Thorkild Ellerbaek , Feb 12, 2011; 04:35 a.m.

Is it possible to change the mount on a Canon-fit lens to Nikon Mount...?


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Leslie Cheung , Feb 12, 2011; 06:25 a.m.


Juergen Sattleru , Feb 12, 2011; 07:30 a.m.

Leslie is correct - you can however fit a Nikon lens to a Canon EOS camera - not that this helps you in any way:-)

Bjorn Rorslett , Feb 12, 2011; 07:38 a.m.

Depends on what Canon mount the lens has. I have succesfully modified the Canon 35/2.8 T/S FD to Nikon F mount, with infinity focus intact.

The newer EF mount lenses are a tougher challenge albeit I assume some of the long lenses could be converted, if you figure out a way to control the aperture (or shoot wide open, which is just fine with most supertelephotos anyway).

Akira Sakamoto , Feb 12, 2011; 08:08 a.m.

I know a Japanese company that converts Canon FD mount super teles (300/2.8 and bigger) to either Nikon, Pentax and Canon EOS mount lenses for astronomical use. The lenses will lose aperture unit altogether during the conversion and thus can be only used wide open, which is of no problem for the intended purpose. I would say this is more of an economical use of obsolete lenses rather than the conversion of the mounts.

Shun Cheung , Feb 12, 2011; 10:25 a.m.

If you have a large enough budget, a lot of things are possible. But practically, it is much cheaper and much easier to add a Canon body to fit a Canon lens or buy a Nikon lens to fit a D200.

Joseph Wisniewski , Feb 12, 2011; 12:30 p.m.

Is it an old FD (manual focus) lens or a newer EOS (electronic focus) lens?

I've seen the Canon 58mm f1.2 aspheric converted to Nikon mount. Conversion of an old FD lens costs about $500, so you really need to have a great reason to do it. There are few old FD lenses that you can't sell and pick up an equivalent Nikon for less than an additional $500.

John Crowe , Feb 12, 2011; 12:44 p.m.

I am curious to know which lens you are thinking about. There are only a handful worth doing and I dream of doing this to one or two of them. The extra bonus is that once you convert an FD to Nikon then they will also fit a Canon DSLR. However, as far as I know it is much easier to go from FD mount to EF mount than to F mount.

Canon FD 55mm f1.2 Aspherical (this is the one I want to do, a heck of a lot cheaper than a Noct!)

Canon FD 24mm f1.4 L or Aspherical

Canon FD 85mm f1.2 L or Aspherical

Canon FD 7mm f5.6 Circular fisheye (the Nikon ones cost a fortune unless it's a real beater like mine)

Canon FD 80-200mm f4 L

Canon FD 800mm f5.6 L (these are generally much cheaper than Nikon's)

Canon EF 8-15mm f4 L

Canon EF 17mm f4 TS-E

Pretty much every other Canon lens has a corresponding lens available in the Nikon line-up, and sometimes for less money.

Juan Parmenides , Feb 13, 2011; 04:53 a.m.

AS Shung said "If you have a large enough budget, a lot of things are possible. But practically, it is much cheaper and much easier to add a Canon body to fit a Canon lens or buy a Nikon lens to fit a D200"
Few words are enough for the common sense.

John Schroeder , Feb 13, 2011; 12:20 p.m.

If you want a Holga buy a Holga. (Sarcasm is just one of the services I offer.)

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