A&P Old lenses on new Nikon cameras?

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  1. Sir William

    Sir William OT Supporter

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    I'm getting a D80 this weekend and I'm wondering if my grandfather's old Nikon lenses will still work on them. I think he bought them around 1981, but I can't find much online telling me one way or the other. Here's what I've got:

    Nikon Series E 28mm f/2.8
    Nikon Nikkor 105mm f/2.5
    Soligor 75mm-260mm f/4.5 (to fit Nikon AI)

    Plus the M500T-ZOOM flash - not sure if that would work with the D80 either.

    Anyone have any clue? A site that might be able to help me out? Googling hasn't helped me much. Also, will the picture quality be greatly affected?

    Thanks.
     
  2. hsubaru

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    Is it F mount? Is it at least newer than AI? Then it will at least fit. Not sure if you can meter an MF, non-CPU lens on the D80, but the 50mm f/1.2 works great on my D200.

    Not sure if E-series is F-mount.
     
  3. Sir William

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    Should the Soligor fit then since it's made for Nikon AI?
     
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    it should work, but you will need to input the data manually for lens, into the camera in order to get proper metering.
     
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    for the flash if it doesnt work.. which it very well may not. but i wouldnt know, you can always get a sync cord and attaching it externally from the camera.
     
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    It works - I have an E-series 50mm 1.8 from my Dad's Nikon. It's an F-mount, so it'll work just fine. Metering will be a biatch tho.
     
  7. Sir William

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    Could you guys explain exactly what I would have to do with metering? I'm relatively new to photography.
     
  8. hsubaru

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    It doesn't look like the D80 has the Non-CPU information menu option like the D200. You'll just have to use a lightmeter.

    I probably wouldn't bother trying to use these lenses at that point, and just stick them on old film cameras, or keep them safe in a box somewhere.
     
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    I tried my father old 24mm f/2.8 and nothing worked.

    I could not get aperture readings nor could I take a shot setting everything manually
     

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