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dispatch88 Registered since 11th May 2010Tue 11-May-10 03:21 PM
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"Lens Adapter for canon to nikon body question..."


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I am about to purchase my first DSLR, a D5000. I recently discovered my mothers old camera bag found a gold mine of Tamron lens for her Canon T70. There are 4 lenses, all of which are in amazing condition. I also found an adapter which says it will allow me to attach these lenses on my Nikon body.

My question is, how will the adapter effect the performance of the lenses?

I know I wont have the ability to autofocus but that doesn't bother me since I would like to practice with manual focus any way, just seems more traditional.

  

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aolander Silver Member Nikonian since 15th Sep 2006Tue 11-May-10 03:48 PM
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Deleted, read the post wrong.

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MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007Tue 11-May-10 05:41 PM
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Hi Stuart,

Welcome to Nikonians!
I don't think the Canon lenses will focus to infinity on a Nikon body or even a new Canon DSLR with the appropriate adaptor unless the adaptor has a lens or lenses built into it.
The D5000 will not provide metering with MF lenses without CPU's.
Since the D5000 has a penta mirror viewfinder how well MF works will depend on how good your eyes are.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

Best Regards,
Marty

  

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dispatch88 Registered since 11th May 2010Wed 12-May-10 12:44 AM
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>I don't think the Canon lenses will focus to infinity on a
>Nikon body or even a new Canon DSLR with the appropriate
>adaptor unless the adaptor has a lens or lenses built into
>it.


The adapter has a lense, here is where I plan to buy it from:

http://www.linkdelight.com/vmchk/Lens/New-Adapter-for-Canon-FD-Lens-to-Nikon-Mount-Camera/flypage-ask.tpl.html

  

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MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007Wed 12-May-10 03:08 AM
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Hi Stuart,

Let us know how well it works for you!
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

Best Regards,
Marty

  

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blw Moderator Awarded for his high level of expertise in various areas Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004Fri 14-May-10 01:10 AM
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I would not bother with this adapter, for precisely the reason that it has a glass element in it. There aren't many precision optical instruments that you can buy for $30, shall we say?

And as noted below, for these lenses in particular, there is no reason to do this as the Adaptall mounts do NOT have glass in them and therefore do NOT require any optical conversion. (The Adaptall conversion is purely mechanical.)

Moreover, the adapter to which you linked disables the auto diaphram, so you can't use it in the way we normally do with SLRs today. For most lenses from the mid-1960s to now, we focus and compose at full aperture, and the camera stops the lens down to taking aperture right before the shutter flies. Using the cheapo adapter means that you must either stop down to taking aperture all the time, thus making it hard to focus and sometimes even compose, or you can view/compose at full aperture then YOU stop it down to taking aperture before you trip the shutter. Back in the early 1960s there were so-called "preset" aperture lenses that worked this way, and I owned one of them in the 80s. I can tell you from very bitter experience that you WILL forget to stop down many times, blowing the exposure completely most of the time. That's less of a problem today when you can just delete the mistake off the card (rather than paying for the processing and film, just to see how bad it really was, if you even noticed), but you'll still find it exasperating. There's a reason that these things became dinosaurs...

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blw Moderator Awarded for his high level of expertise in various areas Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004Fri 14-May-10 01:02 AM
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If these are the lenses I think they are, they use something call the Tamron AdaptAll mount system. Back in manual focus days, the connection between camera and lens was very simple and mechanical, so it was straightforward for Tamron to design their lenses in such a way that they could be adapted to any of the major brands, notably including Canon and Nikon, amongst many others.

The AdaptAll system requires that an adapter be configured onto the back of the lens itself. These are literally interchangeable, so you can actually take the Canon FD mount off and put on a Nikon F mount - and I have done exactly that in the (now very distant) past, when I had a Nikon FM2n and a shooting partner had a Canon AE-1. The lenses were designed so that they worked well with all of the cameras. Indeed, one of the lenses I still use occasionally today on my D3 and D2x dates back to that period, and it still performs pretty well. If your lenses are Tamron SP lenses, they are likely to do quite well indeed, assuming that you get an appropriate Adaptall mount. These cost about $15 these days. (Used. I don't think they're made any more.)

Of course, you'll be without a built-in light meter, but that's not a tragedy in this digital era with LCDs showing histograms.

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dispatch88 Registered since 11th May 2010Fri 14-May-10 02:32 AM
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Ah that is great news! My mother confirmed that the lenses are definitely Tamron SP lenses. I mentioned the word "AdaptAll" and she immediately knew that they had that, despite not using them in years.

Also, I ordered my D5000 and the adapter today. 3 day shipping. I'm super excited, it's gonna be a long, agonizing 3 days. Oh ####, I just realized its close to the weekend, I might have to wait even longer! Ugh!

Thanks again!

  

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dispatch88 Registered since 11th May 2010Wed 19-May-10 07:28 AM
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Hurrah! My D5000 arrived today! I've been playing around with it all day. Unfortunately Im still waiting on the adapter so Im limited to the kit 18-55mm lens for now.

  

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MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007Wed 19-May-10 03:54 PM
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Hi Stuart,

Congratulations!
I'm glad Brian remembered about the Tamron AdaptAll system as I forgot!
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

Best Regards,
Marty

  

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#10. "RE: Lens Adapter for canon to nikon body question..."
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You might find this web site useful: http://www.adaptall-2.com/

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