Art and Photography

Old old old lens still usable?

  • Last Updated:
  • Dec 23rd, 2009 4:42 pm
Tags:
None
[OP]
Deal Expert
May 30, 2005
42673 posts
3242 upvotes
Richmond Hill

Old old old lens still usable?

I'm considering going into DSLR as a hobby, and talked to my dad. He used to be a fanatic for photography as well when he could still afford them and has some old 35mm Nikon lenses left. Are there any way I can still put them to use? Maybe an adapter or something, to fit onto the new DSLR bodies? Thanks.
***Bosch GLL1P Bright Single Line and Point Combination Laser $25***
Silver Coins | Bosch Combination Laser | Philips Wake-Up Light with Radio
Heatware | RFD Feedback
7 replies
Deal Expert
Mar 25, 2005
21312 posts
2131 upvotes
Chances are they are the same F-mount used on today's cameras. What it comes down to is if its pre-AiS, you are limited to the D40; all others will work on all other dSLRs. Only the D200 and up will meter with non-CPU (lens has contacts) lenses.
Deal Guru
User avatar
May 14, 2007
14969 posts
1951 upvotes
Scarborough / Markha…
Pre AI lenses will have to be modified to work on dslrs but the chances are if your dad's lenses are from the late 70's or early 80's they should work. Post up pics of the lenses, maybe that'll help to identify them as well. IMO i love these old lenses besides the fact that there is no metering available or auto focus but they are really really sharp. Another thing is that compared to the new lenses made for the entry level dslr's, they lack a aperature ring. I find changing the aperature on old AI lenses way more convient and its fun to manual focus sometimes. I, myself have inherited old lenses from my dad and i use them. Personally love the 35mm f2 :)
[OP]
Deal Expert
May 30, 2005
42673 posts
3242 upvotes
Richmond Hill
Thanks for all the responses guys, here are the pictures of the two lenses I found:

Lens #1: Nikon E Series 36-72
[IMG]http://i47.tinypic.com/6o254y.jpg[/IMG]
[IMG]http://i50.tinypic.com/11140hk.jpg[/IMG]

Lens #2: Tokina 70-150
[IMG]http://i49.tinypic.com/j14z5z.jpg[/IMG]
[IMG]http://i47.tinypic.com/24qlk5j.jpg[/IMG]
***Bosch GLL1P Bright Single Line and Point Combination Laser $25***
Silver Coins | Bosch Combination Laser | Philips Wake-Up Light with Radio
Heatware | RFD Feedback
Deal Expert
Mar 25, 2005
21312 posts
2131 upvotes
Jon Lai wrote:
Dec 23rd, 2009 12:02 pm
Thanks for all the responses guys, here are the pictures of the two lenses I found:

Lens #1: Nikon E Series 36-72
[IMG]http://i47.tinypic.com/6o254y.jpg[/IMG]
[IMG]http://i50.tinypic.com/11140hk.jpg[/IMG]

Lens #2: Tokina 70-150
[IMG]http://i49.tinypic.com/j14z5z.jpg[/IMG]
[IMG]http://i47.tinypic.com/24qlk5j.jpg[/IMG]
The Series E lens is good it go. The Tokina appears to be pre-Ai.
Deal Guru
User avatar
May 14, 2007
14969 posts
1951 upvotes
Scarborough / Markha…
Kasakato wrote:
Dec 23rd, 2009 12:09 pm
The Series E lens is good it go. The Tokina appears to be pre-Ai.
Actually i think N/AI on the tokina means "Nikon AI", so it can also be used. I don't think pre-ai lenses would have it printed on them because they couldn't have known that AI would come along in a few years.
[OP]
Deal Expert
May 30, 2005
42673 posts
3242 upvotes
Richmond Hill
Kasakato wrote:
Dec 23rd, 2009 12:09 pm
The Series E lens is good it go. The Tokina appears to be pre-Ai.
Matrixvibe wrote:
Dec 23rd, 2009 1:22 pm
Actually i think N/AI on the tokina means "Nikon AI", so it can also be used. I don't think pre-ai lenses would have it printed on them because they couldn't have known that AI would come along in a few years.
Hmm, interesting discussion.

Also, my dad found that there's some mold buildup in the Tokina lens, any recommendations on where to get it cleaned? And how much does it cost?
***Bosch GLL1P Bright Single Line and Point Combination Laser $25***
Silver Coins | Bosch Combination Laser | Philips Wake-Up Light with Radio
Heatware | RFD Feedback

Top