Hi,all. Haven't posted in a while. I recently upgraded to a D600, from a D100! How's that for a leap? Still wading through the manual, but for the heck of it, I mounted f8 500mm reflex lens (not Nikon). Set it to manual/manual. The display shows f0. Am I right in thinking that if I want to use this, it's not used very often, I have to use a handheld meter and set exposer based on/around an f8 aperture, and fiddle with shutter speed and ISO to get proper exposure?
You could use that lens in Aperture Priority or Manual. Even thought the aperture says f0, the light coming in is still f/8, and if you use Aperture Priority the shutter speed will react normally to get proper exposure based on your ISO setting. And in Manual, the same thing, your meter will show you your EV based on shutter and ISO.
Set the Non-CPU Lens Data for this lens, then the camera will display the correct aperture. The aperture and focal lenght will also be listed in the EXIF data.
See page 172 of the manual.
On page 174, it wants you to set up the Fn button to recall the Non-CPU Lens Data. You don't have to do it that way, you can go to the Setup menu and choose the non-CPU lens you are using by selecting the lens number. As a shortcut, you can add Non-CPU Lens Data to My Menu.
The hard part is remembering to change the Non-CPU Lens Data selection when you use a different non-CPU lens. I have 3 of them, and often forget. Doesn't really seem to affect anything but the EXIF, but the manual says it can effect exposure accuracy.
It is also probably possible to add a "chip" to your Reflex lens, as I did with several older Nikon lenses including my Nikkor 500mm Reflex. The main advantage is you don't have to worry about selecting non-CPU lenses programmed into the camera body (meaning you can use them like any Nikkor and on any body). There was a thread on this:
I have a Nikon reflex lens and have used it with the D600. There are some issues to be sure. Outdoors, with plenty of light I was able to hand hold it (fast shutter speed) and track some birds in flight but it's really meant for tripod use...even then some issues with "hot spotting" in the center of the frame. Everything has to be set manually.
Until now I have been using my 500mm reflex sparingly, in the past I used it extensively for wildlife with my F4S. Having read the post and connected articles I believe that I will have to install the chip to bring the lens almost up to date..... Now if there was an auto focus and VR chip!