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35mm camera and lens can I use lens on DSLR?

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Initial post: Nov 11, 2012 1:09:59 PM PST
I have a Nikkormat 33mm camera with 3 lens' a nikkor 28mm, Nikkorm35-70mm, and a Tokina 80-200mm. I am thinking of purchasing a Nikon D3100, are these lens compatiable with the D3100? What are the up and down sides of using them

Posted on Nov 11, 2012 2:29:46 PM PST
EdM says:
> are these lens compatiable with the D3100?

Yes, but... See this next lens compatibility chart. Lenses purchased at different times might have different issues. Also, the Tokina lens might have different issues than normal Nikkor lenses.

> What are the up and down sides of using them

First, I'd definitely suggest getting the kit lens, which will have autofocus, works exposure-wise, and is quite good for the $ in the usual kit deal:
Nikon D3100 14.2MP Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR Nikkor Zoom Lens

The issues likely are [might differ if you bought later versions of a specific lens]: The lenses will fit/mount, but naturally will not autofocus. Also, they might not be capable of doing autoexposure with the D3100, in which case you might need to do stop down metering, or just fudging exposure as by the sunny 16 rule:

If your lenses are AF lenses or better, then you might consider getting a D90 or even a D7000, which has a body lens motor and will automatically focus older AF lenses, and the D7000 [and D200 and later] can also input manual lens data into the appropriate lens data section menu item, and then you can shoot those manual lenses with auto-exposure in Aperture priority or manual mode. This is where there might be an extra gotcha with the Tokina [or not]. For more, look up your specific lenses in the chart above mentioned. There have been any number of lenses that had the focal lengths you mentioned, manual or AF, f2.8 or variable aperture zoom, and more.

The 28mm lens especially might be still useful, except that on an APSc camera like the D3100, there is a crop factor that makes the lens act like the focal length is 1.5 X, or 42mm [28 x 1.5 = 42]. Likewise the 35-70 would be like ~ 50-105 lens, and the 80-200 becomes like 120-300. The extra reach will likely be welcome. Still, for ordinary usage, the modern kit lens is a good deal and a good idea, IMO.

A plus for older lenses is that the crop factor in effect crops out the corners, where most lenses are weaker - distortion-wise and vignetting wise, e.g. The minus is having to manually focus and do stop down metering, e.g. A plus is extra reach for telephoto, a minus is the corresponding less effective reach at the wide end, especially for your 28mm lens - reasonably wide for film, but about normal on APSc crop factor DSLRs.

Posted on Nov 12, 2012 1:56:27 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 12, 2012 2:03:30 AM PST
JCUKNZ says:
Unless you are a very keen masochist I think, judging from my own actions, that once you taste the automatics of the kit lens you will find the older lens which require manual use, though a lot of the cameras automatics will work with them but you will have to manually focus and it is a bore :-)

Some enjoy manual focusing and consider it the mark of the expert ...I don't, but since I have a camera without a lens I am using one of my legacy lenses, similar line-up to yourself but Pentax and Tokina, with it. I used it for a little shoot the other night and quite enjoyed working it. But for serious shooting I want my AF camera. The shoot involved photographing my current camera so I had to use another camera otherwise I wouldn't have thought of using it :-)

I will put a plug-in for M4/3 here which is where I am as I see little benefit in going APS-C now that MFT is well established and will to all intents and purposes do everything and more that the entry level DSLR will do for one.
I wonder if your finger slipped because my Tokina is an f/4 constant 90-230mm lens whcih gives me 180-460mm Angle of View with my M4/3 cameras.
I trust you follow the AoV statements Edm and I am using. ... we talk about current lenses according to the angle of view they would give on 35mm film camera. My bridge camera has [roughly] a 7-90mm lens and gives me a 35-430 AoV. The APS-C Nikon has a x1.5 factor while M4/3 is x2.

There is one possible problem using legacy lenses with modern digital cameras and this is their lack of adequate coating which may cause klight to bounce off the sensor and then back of the rear of the lens ... how serious a problem this is I don't know. I hope your desire to use your legacy lenses is not financial but feeling you should use them :-)
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