benveniste Boston Area, US Nikonian since 25th Nov 2002
Mon 22-Mar-10 06:09 PM
#1. "RE: Manual Focus Prime Lenses & D3000" In response to Reply # 0
You could probably use the Zeiss and the Zenitar-M on the D3000 with an M42-to-Nikon mount adapter. Unfortunately, though, you'd probably lose the ability to focus out to infinity.
That said, a brand new 50mm Nikkor f/1.8D runs about $135 brand new, and will let you use your camera's meter. There are about 80 current ebay auctions for 50mm Nikkors which wouldn't require an adapter. A brand new 35mm f/1.8DX runs about $200, will take full advantage of the automation features of your camera, and has almost the same angle of view on your D3000 as a 50mm lens would on a 35mm film camera.
While it might be fun to play with the Zeiss Tessar, for day-to-day use any of the Nikkors would be a better choice.
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#2. "RE: Manual Focus Prime Lenses & D3000" In response to Reply # 0
Most camera manufacturers have their own lens mount design, so Nikon (Nikkor) lenses won't fit on a Canon, for example. Some can be mounted with adapters, but functions such as metering are lost. Third party lens manufacturers (e.g. Sigma, Tamron, Tokina, etc.) make lenses with a variety of mounts to fit each camera makers' mounts.