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jmesseder2

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jmesseder2 Silver Member Nikonian since 20th Aug 2011
Mon 05-Nov-12 07:40 PM

I've been with Nikon a long time - long enough to remember when FM meant Fully Manual and didn't have a 2 attached.

Yesterday I was pawing around in a place I've not been for awhile and found:

= Vivitar 28mm/f2.8
= Vivitar 75-205mm/f3.5-4.5 Matched multiplier (which I can tell I bought in about 1968-70 because of a number I engraved on it when I was in the Navy.

And what I wonder is whether I'll hurt my D7000 by trying to use these lenses. I know they're manual everything, and I have a Tamron 17-50 so the 24mm isn't really necessary, other than it's a prime, but the doubler would be cool to try on the 70-300 zoom. I haven't even yet check to see whether they'll mount. Scared something electronic will mess up and then I won't have a camera.



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Leonard62

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#1. "RE: Found lenses" | 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 05-Nov-12 09:12 PM | edited Mon 05-Nov-12 09:19 PM by Leonard62

The '67-'68 time frame is before Nikon converted over from the non-AI mount. If non-AI you risk mechanical damage. My guess is you should not use them.

Can you post a photo of the mounts?

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blw

Richmond, US
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#2. "RE: Found lenses" | In response to Reply # 0

blw Moderator Awarded for his high level of expertise in various areas Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004
Mon 05-Nov-12 10:49 PM

They're not worth the risk. You particularly don't want to use the multiplier on a 70-300 zoom.

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kshapero

South Florida, US
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kshapero Gold Member Nikonian since 29th Jan 2006
Mon 12-Nov-12 03:59 AM

Vivitar's were never that good to begin with. Best to stay away. IMHO.
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MEMcD

US
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#4. "RE: Found lenses" | In response to Reply # 0

MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007
Mon 12-Nov-12 01:07 PM

Hi John,

As stated above, Do NOT Mount either lens or the TC on your D7000!
Any lens made before 1977 will be Pre-AI and can Not be mounted on your D7000 without being modified to AI spec. While I suspect David White would convert them, it wouldn't be worth it.
Given that the 70-300mm is f/5.6 adding a 2X TC will get you to f/11 which means the viewfinder will be very dark making focusing very difficult even in bright daylight and impossible in poor light.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

Best Regards,
Marty

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