"Tokina, Nikkor, and Promaster Spectrum compatibility?"
Hello folks. I'm hoping to buy a Nikon digital SRL d3100 for anthropological fieldwork in eastern Europe where I will likely be in the fields half the time and in small-scale agro-industrial factories the other half of the time. I have old Nikon lenses I want my mom to send over from the US, but I don't know which are (1) compatible; (2) useful for what I'll be taking photos of (industrial factories thus poor light, and agricultural production outside). We have the following lenses, according to mom who did not send me all the specs: (1) Promaster Spectrum 7; 100mm, macro lens with 5 pins; (2) Nikkon 105mm 1:2.5; (3) Tokina 80-200mm 1:4 telephoto lens; (4) Nikkor 35mm 1:2.8; (5) Tokina telephoto and macro 28-70mm (?), with a switch on the old standard camera that lets you go between telephoto and macro.
Which would work with the d3100? I assume I don't need ALL of them; at least, I hope not. I don't mind manually focusing all the time so the absence of auto-focus is absolutely fine. I just don't understand which are redundant and which are not terribly useful.
Sorry for the dumb dumb questions. This is way out of my field. I've only ever owned point and shoots and much prefer film cameras but film is prohibitively expensive in eastern Europe and printing quality is poor.
Leonard62 Hatboro, Pa, US Nikonian since 15th Mar 2009
Sat 14-Apr-12 02:02 AM
#1. "RE: Tokina, Nikkor, and Promaster Spectrum compatibility?" In response to Reply # 0
Most likely none of the lenses will auto focus. But that's not the bad part. Unless the lenses are autofocus with a built in CPU they won't allow metering with that camera either. We would need more info on the lenses to determine that.
For full compatibility the lenses need to be the newer AFS lenses where the autofocus motor is built into the lens and not the body.
#2. "RE: Tokina, Nikkor, and Promaster Spectrum compatibility?" In response to Reply # 0
Welcome to Nikonians! The Nikkor, 105mm f/2.5, 35mm f/2.8, and the Tokina 80-200mm f/4 are definetly Manual focus lenses. Since the above lenses do not have CPU's built into the lens, when used on a D3100 (D40, D40X, D60, D3000, D5000, D5100) body the light meter in the camera body will not work. If I remember correctly there are both MF and AF versions of the Tokina 28-70mm Macro. If you have the MF version, like the lenses above, the light meter in the camera will not work. If you have the AF version with a Nikon F mount, it should meter on the D3100. The Promaster Spectrum 7 100mm, is a Manual Focus lens. If the 5 pins means it has a CPU built into the lens, it should also meter on the D3100.
All of the lenses with a Nikon F mount will mount on the D3100 and are capable of cpaturing images with the D3100 set in Manual exposure mode, Manual Focus, Manual ISO, and using the Sunny 16 Rule, a hand held Light Meter, or using the Histogram via the Trial and Error method to set the exposure.
You might want to consider a D3100 with the kit 18-55mm f.3.5-5.6G AF-S VR DX lens and or the Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX. Both lenses are inexpensive and will provide full metering an AF when mounted on the D3100. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!