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Lens adapter to make Nikon lens fit Sony A350.

Chris Rowe , Aug 15, 2008; 11:56 p.m.

Well I've run into another question to go along with my many others. My dad owns an old Nikon Film SLR and it doesn't work anymore and he has a few Nikon Film lenses is there any adapter I can get to allow them to fit my A350? And if so can anyone tell me where I can get one?

Any advice you can give I'm thankful for,



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Roger Provins , Aug 16, 2008; 01:49 a.m.

Search on eBay for 180277623210

Richard Harris , Aug 16, 2008; 06:19 a.m.

Its really not worth it Chris. If you want to use Nikon lenses, use a Nikon DSLR. If you want to use your A350, use a-mount lenses.

Good luck.

Chris Rowe , Aug 16, 2008; 09:24 a.m.

Rich.... I know that you like to keep things simple but an adapter can't be that expensive so I figured it's worth a try.

Chris Rowe , Aug 16, 2008; 09:40 a.m.

is there any risks in using an adapter like this? Well I still have warranty on my camera (for the next 3 years) but I'd like to know anyway.

Richard Harris , Aug 16, 2008; 11:27 a.m.

There is no risk, no. Just optical adapter's reduce quality & I see no reason to switch and swop between different systems when using one is more than adequate. For the best results, you should always use a lens with an optical-less adapter.

Less questions, more photos I say :)

Tommy Lee , Aug 16, 2008; 01:11 p.m.

At that price, little risk. If you don't like the result (very likely you won't), take out the glass and you have a macro adapter (extension tubes). To use it, you have to use the camera menu to disable the no lens shutter lock default setting. BTW: Almost all used Nikkors have a good used market still but that is another new can of worm. I hope my son doesn't sell some of my Nikkors until I am cold :-)

Chris Rowe , Aug 16, 2008; 01:29 p.m.

The thing is... my dad doesn't use the lenses their just sitting around collecting dust. He wants to keep them but his Nikon Film camera is broken and he's tried to get it fixed but they couldn't fix it. So instead of just letting them sit around I figured I'd buy an adapter and use em.

Oleksandr Holovachov , Aug 16, 2008; 04:25 p.m.

Hello, this is one of my first postings so please excuse if I'm doing something wrong.

I'm currently using a handmade (myself) adapter that allows using Nikon manual focus lenses on Sony DSLR-A100 (but can be used with any other sony DSLR) if camera is set to "shutter lock - off". The adapter is made by combining one of the Nikons extension rings with the M42-to-MAXXUM adapters and is about 6mm thick. I'm using it with the Nikkor 400 F/5.6 ED-IF lens. Since lens is allowing past-infinity focusing and its register is 2 mm longer than MAXXUM register, the lens and adapter combo is able to focus sharp at least past 20 meters distance, with is more than enough for my purpose - taking bird pictures. If the object is further away - it will be too small on the sensor and one needs to use longer glass. I also tried the same adapter with Nikkor 300 4.0 ED-IF but the maximum focusing distance is too short - around 10 meters. With shorter lenses it can only be used for the close-ups as it was already stated.

Why am I using it, as many of You may ask. I'm a manual focus person (and poor post-doc in one of the US universities) so adopting a non-Minolta/Sony glass is not a problem, and was looking for a good telephoto in a range of 400-500mm with ED/LD/APO glass for under 500$. Genuine Minolta 400 AF is way too expensive, while much cheaper Sigma 400 F/5.6 has somewhat questionable reputation (at least on photo.net) and some of the older AF-versions of this lens are not fully compatible with never Sony bodies. Both 300 F/2.8 and 400 F/4.0 Tamron adaptalls are usually more expensive and less portable/handholdable (I have a 300 F/2.8 LD adaptall version too), so I chose Nikon (paied around 500$ with shipping) and it works fine for me. BTW, I do have Sigma 170-500 APO and I do not like it - the images that I get with it are much softer than even the images that I get with Tamron 500 F/8 mirror, even using tripod and shutter-lock...

I will try to attach the picture of the Silvereye I took few weeks ago in New Zealand with the abowe described setup, 200 ISO, 1/640 s, F5.6, hand-held. It was resized from 1500X200 to 600X800 pixels.


PS. There was a similar post on August 5 about which Chris knows I think. Also, removing the glass from the chinese adapter may not bbe reversible. I also had a FD-to-Maxxum adapter by Bower. The one that has glass and can be purchased online. While trying to remove the glass I found out that it is not only screwed in but the threaded part is glued. Drilling and cutting tools where very helpful in this case...

Silvereye, New Zealand, Nikkor 400 F5.6 with Sony DSLR-A100, glassles adapter

Chris Rowe , Aug 16, 2008; 06:05 p.m.

That is an excellent picture, I'm guessing you get good quality results from this adapter you made yourself? Could you find the items I would need to make one myself on ebay and tell me what to search to find it please.

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