Wed 11-Jun-08 12:30 AM | edited Wed 11-Jun-08 12:44 AM by juin21
Just picked this pancake lens up, given my bday's in 2 1/2 weeks! It's quite a performer and VERY contrasty! Please excuse the following crappy exposures, the Pancake lens on the D60 were taken with my gf Canon SD200 with no flash in a pretty dark room and I was to lazy to fix the photo's.
Tue 10-Jun-08 11:40 PM | edited Wed 11-Jun-08 12:05 AM by juin21
This lens is amazing. For those that don't know, this lens has a mechanical coupling device built in that makes metering this lens with a flash unnecessary! You simply dial in the GN on the lens of your flash and shoot, the metering is done! It automatically adjust the aperture for you based on what you are focusing on so the exposure is the same throughout! This also makes it unnecessary to meter numerous times if your shooting in the same light condition and want equal exposures throughout the range, it will change the aperture for you. It's almost like having shutter priority once you meter the lens! This guy does a much better job then me explaining this!
I've been wishing Nikon would market a compact, pocket SLR or rangefinder with a pancake lens and a minimal grip. The new Sigma is close to that but I'm unimpressed by reviews. Your setup is much closer and very cool. Enjoy it.
>Is the GN Nikkor non-AI mount? > No GN-Nikkor 45mm f/2.8 is a true AI mount; they were discontinued quite a bit before the introduction of AI coupling. On the other hand, they can be converted to AI as, quite obviously, has been done to the one pictured in the original post.
>>Is the GN Nikkor non-AI mount? >> >No GN-Nikkor 45mm f/2.8 is a true AI mount; they were >discontinued quite a bit before the introduction of AI >coupling. On the other hand, they can be converted to AI as, >quite obviously, has been done to the one pictured in the >original post.
I'm a little confused, will the 45mm f/2.8GN work with a D60 without AI conversion?
While the manual states that non-AI lenses cannot be used with the D40/D40x/D60, in practice they can. There is a part of the lens mount (can't recall which tab) that would be damaged on some other DSLR bodies by mounting an non-AI lens, but the design of the mount on the D40/D40x/D60 allows it to swing out of the way undamaged.
Thu 12-Jun-08 05:07 AM | edited Thu 12-Jun-08 05:12 AM by juin21
That is what the manual states, but if you go to the lens compatibility charts online as well as user experience, the F non-AI lenses are fine. I've used mine for awhile and there is NO issues. The D40, D40x and D60 can actually use MORE lenses then the D80, just without auto focus and metering. BTW, metering can be added to many manual lenses!!! My pancake lens is AI converted, very nicely I might add! But I do have a non AI Micro 55mm 3.5, which is not and works great on the D60.
NOTE!!! The D80 WILL be damaged with f non-AI lenses given the metal bracket sits a bit to far back.