D5100 using older lenses
Has anyone ever made a book or post on step by step on using older nikon adapters,lenses( manual, AF( non S))and bellows. For people who own older equipment from film days and want to use them. I know it will be done in M.
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Leonard62 Nikonian since 15th Mar 2009Mon 13-Aug-12 01:19 AM
I don't think anyone wrote a book or a post telling how to use all the lenses, new and old, plus all the mountable accessories used on older Nikon bodies as they pertain to the D5100. There have been threads in this forum pertaining to individual lenses and add on accessories.
A good place to start however is the Nikon D5100 instruction manual on pages 197 to 199. Special attention should be given to the lenses like the fisheye lenses and 2.1cm which can only be mounted on Nikon's earliest film bodies which can lock the mirror in the up position both before and after the exposure. Any attempt to mount these lenses will damage the mirror. Don't use anything else on the list of Incompatible accessories and non-CPU lenses.
I have used a few non-AI lenses, not on the list, with success. However like all non-CPU lenses there is no exposure metering. This is also true of any Nikon manual focus TC's, extension tubes and bellows you add to the body. No metering. It will be like using the prism models of the F and F2 bodies. The advantage of the D5100, however, is you will get focus confirmation in the viewfinder and be able to focus using LiveView.
Note that when mounting the PB6 and also the PB4 that the body will need to be mounted in the vertical position because the body grip will interfere with the bellows rails. After mounting vertically it can then be swung to the horizontal position without interference. I don't know about the older bellows. I also have never used non-AI extension tubes so I can't comment on them. I do use the Kenko tubes with the contacts for my AF and AFS lenses. I also use the Kenko Pro 300 TC's for all my lenses that cannot accept the Nikon AFS compatible TC's like the TC-14E II.
Non-AFS AF lenses will need to be manual focused however since they have a built in CPU the metering will work fine.
You must have some particular items in mind to ask your question. If you complete your profile in the equipment listing we can give you a more precise answer.
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blw Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004Mon 13-Aug-12 01:26 AM
Lots of different cases, many of which aren't as bad as you think. AF or AFD lenses operate a lot like AFS lenses. Metering is the same, meaning all exposure modes work. They won't AF though; you'd need a to focus them manually. That varies depending which lens is under consideration. A lens that has a m/AF switch is usually sufficient.
Manual focus lenses (not AF lenses without an AF motor) have no electronics, so they provide no metering (and no flash metering either). That has to be done in manual exposure mode. You must select both aperture (with the aperture ring) and the shutter speed (turn the command dial), and moreover they must be compatible with the prevailing lighting conditions.
Bellows are more complex as they too vary and lens configurations differ too.
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Leonard62 Nikonian since 15th Mar 2009Mon 13-Aug-12 07:51 PM
I don't see any problems with using any of your tubes, bellows or lenses on the D5100 with the exception of the BR2 directly on the body. It's OK on your tubes and bellows but may interfere with the lens contacts on the body. There is no TTL with the SB21B on a digital body. You'll need to use it in manual mode. Whatever accessory or lens you attach to the body only the AFS and AF lenses with give you metering. Based on your profile it looks like you shoot a lot of close up and micro photography. Except for metering you should be fine. The articulating LCD and Live View are great for close-ups.
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