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kshapero

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kshapero Gold Member Nikonian since 29th Jan 2006
Sun 24-Jun-12 09:57 PM

I heard that they will meter in aperture preferred or manual exposure. Is this true?
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aolander

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#1. "RE: Manual focus lens on a 5100" | In response to Reply # 0

aolander Silver Member Nikonian since 15th Sep 2006
Sun 24-Jun-12 11:19 PM

No, they will not meter. You can use them, though, by estimating the exposure and checking the histogram. Or use a hand-held meter.

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kshapero

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#2. "RE: Manual focus lens on a 5100" | In response to Reply # 1

kshapero Gold Member Nikonian since 29th Jan 2006
Sun 24-Jun-12 11:57 PM

>No, they will not meter. You can use them, though, by
>estimating the exposure and checking the histogram. Or use a
>hand-held meter.
Thx, I thought that but Dave Busch claims it incorrectly in his book.

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Leonard62

Hatboro, Pa, US
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#3. "RE: Manual focus lens on a 5100" | In response to Reply # 0

Leonard62 Gold Member Awarded for excellent contributions and sharing his in-depth knowledge and experience with the community, especially of Nikkor Lenses Writer Ribbon awarded for his contributions to the Nikonians Resources articles library Nikonian since 15th Mar 2009
Mon 25-Jun-12 12:17 AM | edited Mon 25-Jun-12 12:20 AM by Leonard62

Ken,

The least expensive current Nikon body that meters with AI, AIS lenses is the D7000. Above that you need to go to the D300, D700, D800 and all of the pro D1, D2 and D3 camera bodies.

I use many of my manual focus lenses on the D3200 and D5100 but I use an external meter or just guess at the exposure.

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MEMcD

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#4. "RE: Manual focus lens on a 5100" | In response to Reply # 0

MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007
Mon 25-Jun-12 05:02 PM | edited Mon 25-Jun-12 05:05 PM by MEMcD

Hi Akiva,

While as a general rule, the D5100 (D40, D40X, D60, D3000, D5000, D3100) Do Not support metering with MF lenses (AI, AIS, AI modified, and pre-AI lenses), they will meter with: PC-E Nikkors, 85mm f/2.8D Micro PC, AI-P type (chipped) Nikkor MF lenses as well as any Nikon F mount lens that has as been chipped (Zeiss ZF.2 for example).
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

Best Regards,
Marty

kshapero

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#5. "RE: Manual focus lens on a 5100" | In response to Reply # 4

kshapero Gold Member Nikonian since 29th Jan 2006
Tue 26-Jun-12 01:05 AM

How well does the D5100 focus manually? I see it has a rangefinder function which should be helpful.
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MEMcD

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#6. "RE: Manual focus lens on a 5100" | In response to Reply # 5

MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007
Tue 26-Jun-12 01:46 AM

Hi Akiva,

I have very limited experience with the D5100 and none using manual focus. Given my eyes are not as good as they once were and the D5100 has a penta mirror finder I suspect it would be challenging. At least for me.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

Best Regards,
Marty

DavidN4

Johns Creek, US
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#7. "RE: Manual focus lens on a 5100" | In response to Reply # 5

DavidN4 Silver Member Nikonian since 09th Nov 2011
Tue 26-Jun-12 12:15 PM | edited Tue 26-Jun-12 12:16 PM by DavidN4

>How well does the D5100 focus manually? I see it has a
>rangefinder function which should be helpful.
>Akiva S.



The viewfinder is small and hard to MF through except in excellent light. Liveview has a zoom function that can help you get sharp MF, but to really MF you should tether to a laptop by using software such as ControlMyNikon. That is much, much easier.

Leonard62

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#8. "RE: Manual focus lens on a 5100" | In response to Reply # 5

Leonard62 Gold Member Awarded for excellent contributions and sharing his in-depth knowledge and experience with the community, especially of Nikkor Lenses Writer Ribbon awarded for his contributions to the Nikonians Resources articles library Nikonian since 15th Mar 2009
Tue 26-Jun-12 01:56 PM

I use my D5100 (and D3200) all the time with manual focus lenses. I don't have a problem in good light. I took this photo in the shade with the 105mm f2.5P at f5.6. I was able to focus on the clear image of the lilies stamen without relying on the rangefinder dot. I cropped off about 25% of the full frame.

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In poor light the rangefinder dot is necessary. In very poor light the dot will flicker, disappear and be hard to focus. But generally that's poorer light that I take photos in.

On a tripod in any light the articulating screen in Liveview and magnified will get your focus dead on.

Len




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