i just aquired this form a friend whos father got out of the hobby and was wondering if my D700 and D300 will recognize this lens or do I need to enter the lens info under the menu settings for non cpu lens. TY for your help
#1. "RE: 105 AIS Lens" In response to Reply # 0 Tue 26-Oct-10 06:08 PM by Bart B
Loveland, CO, US
Page 372 in my D700 manual says it'll do just fine after it's set up in the non-CPU lens menu. I use a Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 and some old Series E lenses on my D700 and they're all AIS lenses. Here's the notes from that page on AI-, AI-modified, Nikkor or Nikon Series E lenses:
3 With maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster.
4 If maximum aperture is specified using Non-CPU lens data (pg. 210), aperture value will be displayed in viewfinder and control panel.
5 Can be used only if lens focal length and maximum aperture are specified using Non-CPU lens data (pg. 210). Use spot or center-weighted metering if desired results are not achieved.
6 For improved precision, specify lens focal length and maximum aperture using Non-CPU lens data (pg. 210).
DSLR's: D40, D700 FSLR's: FG, N80, F100 DX Lenses: Nikkor 18-55 VR, 18-70, 55-200 VR FX Lenses: Nikkor 18-35, 24-85, 28-80, 28-200, two 50's, 70-300 VR, Nikon Series E 28, 100 & 135. Speedlights: SB-15, SB-600
The AIS lenses were designed before autofocus, so your 105 is a manual focus lens; however, it's a fine one, and always my favorite in my film days. I enjoy using my 105, 135 and 24 AIS lenses on my D700. It takes a bit more practice and and can be challenging for moving subjects (sports, small children), but the image quality can be quite rewarding.
I only wish the D700 had a "real" ground glass for focusing (of the quality of the Nikon F and Nikkormats which my first SLRs).
In any event, when you get the hang of it, I suspect you'll really like the images you can create.
>I only wish the D700 had a "real" ground glass for >focusing (of the quality of the Nikon F and Nikkormats which >my first SLRs).
I personally think Nikon's latest focussing screens are far superior to the old ones in their early film SLR's. The split image focus spot in the early ones helped but the overall image quality of the recent ones is remarkable. And for me, in dim light, focussing shorter focal length lenses is a lot more precise using that little green dot than aligning two images.
What's not "real" about Nikon's current screens on their DSLR's.
I'm sure this is completely subjective--or maybe it's my eyes or faulty memory (I suspect that you're much younger and are better ocularly equipped). At least my longer lenses seemed to "snap" into focus with the older, slighter coarser screens. Wider lenses are more of a focusing challenge in any event and I believe focused best on my pre-SLR Leica M2 and Nikon S3.
Perhaps I should either add a Nikon magnifier eyepiece or gain more confidence in the green dot, or both. What do you think?
I have a number of Manual Focus lenses and I also usually use my 200 mm Micro Nikkor in manual mode, although it is AFD. I find the D700 screen much easier to use with manual focus lenses than my D200. I think I even like it better than my old F3HP screen. I wear glasses and don't use a magnifier.