I have a D800 "on order" and have been currently shooting with a D5100. The 5100 shoots fine with my old 1960's era 55 mm 3.5 Micro and a few non Nikon lenses (Soligor 400 & etc.) This despite phone support info that strongly discourages such use. My experience with phone support in general has been bad. Hard to get personnel with an adequate background in camera tech I would imagine. THE question: can I damage any part of either camera by mounting these old lenses. I understand that I lose AF, AE and all that, but until I can afford to purchase more AI lenses I would like to be able to use these (and purchase more older glass). The price of non AI 200mm F4's and similar old glass is very appealing. No replies please informing me of what I am giving up nor suggestions that buying a $3000 camera and an $80 dollar lens borders on insanity: I am only concerned that I can mount these lenses without damage.(I have had some difficulty dismounting the 400 with a 2x doubler, but I eventually pushed all the right release levers) Sorry if this makes some of you cringe. My current modern glass kit is the 18-55, 55-300, 85 macro and 28-300. That old Soligor 400, by the way produces some very sharp photos in careful tripod tests. Yes, I know, "Compared to what?" You got me there. Tom Forker
Yes you can damage your camera. I shoot with some old glass as well but this was why the ai conversion was needed. You may get lucky as I did. Or you may do several hundred dollars damage to the D800. I wouldn't risk it on my D800.
Sun 13-May-12 05:24 PM | edited Sun 13-May-12 05:25 PM by David D Busch
I've got 15 pre-1977 Nikkor lenses, and John White converted most of them to AI for me to use with my digital cameras. I had a couple that wouldn't have been compatible under any circumstances, such as my 7.5mm f/5.6 fisheye and 35mmm f/3.5 PC-Nikkor, but the rest all work fine. I actually use my 55mm f/3.5 Micro-Nikkor compensate almost every week. No need for autofocus or VR for macro work with the camera locked down on a tripod.
Hi David, I have that lens too, bought it with a Nikkormat in 1969 and it became the primary lens for me. It was the main reason I went for Nikon a year ago rather than Canon. I can see now that it might not have been the most relevant criteria for systems choice but I really have few complaints about the Nikon hardware and maybe more than a few about the support. I might look into that conversion for the 800 if just for sentiment. Tom