No, it will not damage the camera. It will take pictures just fine. The only problem is that the meter on the D100 refuses to come on, and so you are limited to completely manual shooting...not even a meter.
Most any AI and above lens will work on a D100, but won't meter. Only the N70 and F4 will meter with both MF and AF lenses.
I would get on eBay and look around for a 50mm f1.8 AF lens. They sell for about $50.00 - $80.00 USD. Or, you could buy new one of the 28-80G AF zoom lenses, which take marvelous pictures and are only about $100.00 new.
Of course, since you have saved enough to get your D100, you might as well save a little longer and get a AF-S 24-85G ED-AF for about $350.00. Excellent combo!
Mmm. I have no MF lenses but I am very fond of extension tubes (which have no chip either). You can get the right exposure quite easily with the following procedure: - from experience, take a guess on the light value (eg, use the "Sunny 16 rule". - Set shutter & apeture accordingly. - Braket by +/- 2 or 3 EV - From the results, you can see on screen which exposure is best. Then, it is a very simple matter of fine-tuning the exposue by chekcing the historgram. - The above procedure can be done in 30 seconds.
Actually, one of the first pictures "real world" pictures I saw from the D100 was shot in this way. Victor posted some stunning car racing shots of a 400mm + 2*TC - metered by historgram! His shot of the camero (spell?) remains one of the best I have seen.
So, Victor was the "villain" who posted those racing car pictures a few weeks back.
Well, Victor, I gotta tell you. YOU and your race car pictures are one of the primary reasons I bought a D100, leaving the film world (F5) and becoming the highly opinionated Digital Darrell (you know, the one that constantly aggravates BJ and a plethora of others)
I was wondering who the race car guy was, and now I know. Well, let me tell you what. E-Mail me your address and I'll send you a free roll or two of Provia. I don't need it any more! And, thanks...by the way!