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Steve Crow
How To Work With Older Nikkor Lenses on Canon Rebel Cameras
on Nov 21, 2013 at 8:35:28 pm

I am just starting to look into using older Nikkor (Nikon) lenses from the 80's on my Canon T2i. These are manual lenses with manual aperture, focus and zoom? rings.

So my very very basic question is how to do you set exposure while in video mode when shooting older manual lenses on a more modern Canon Rebel body?

Do you use the same exposure meter/exposure compensation meter? I assume the Nikkor lens doesn't tell the body what aperture its at, correct? So how do I know if I'm at aperture 1.4 or 4.0 for instance? Do I simply have to look at the lens barrel itself to see where I'm at?

So basically I'm looking for information on what it's really like to shoot with these older lenses and how to operate the camera differently (if at all)! :-)

Steve Crow
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Rob Manning
Re: How To Work With Older Nikkor Lenses on Canon Rebel Cameras
on Nov 21, 2013 at 8:41:27 pm

Hi Steve,

Try this forum: http://www.nikonians.org/forums/dcboard.php?az=show_topics&forum=301

Or this one: http://www.nikonians.org/forums/dcboard.php?az=show_topics&forum=160

HTHs

RM


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Steve Crow
Re: How To Work With Older Nikkor Lenses on Canon Rebel Cameras
on Nov 21, 2013 at 8:45:57 pm

Will do Rob, thanks for the quick reply!

Steve

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Ann Bens
Re: How To Work With Older Nikkor Lenses on Canon Rebel Cameras
on Nov 22, 2013 at 2:53:04 pm

OT: that is some user unfriendly forum. If you do not participate your out...

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Rob Manning
Re: How To Work With Older Nikkor Lenses on Canon Rebel Cameras
on Nov 22, 2013 at 5:57:43 pm

Hi Ann,

I am a paying user have been for years as a business expense along with several other annual fees like web server, APA membership so I forget the conditional aspects of signing up.

If they seem unfriendly, apologies.

The data and expertise have been invaluable for me as a media person however.

Thanks for making that observation.

Rob Manning


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Steve Crow
Re: How To Work With Older Nikkor Lenses on Canon Rebel Cameras
on Nov 22, 2013 at 9:43:09 pm

I did check out the forums myself but I think for just the general sense of what's it's like to operate a relatively newer DSLR camera with older Nikon lenses, the topics on the forum were too specific so it didn't really answer my much more basic questions. Thanks anyway Rob - it's probably a great resource for later should I go in this particular direction with my lens choice.

Can anyone provide a paragraph or two on just the big picture, exposure and how the camera body interacts with an older lens.

Steve Crow
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Rob Manning
Re: How To Work With Older Nikkor Lenses on Canon Rebel Cameras
on Nov 23, 2013 at 7:29:44 am
Last Edited By Rob Manning on Nov 23, 2013 at 7:40:45 am

Steve,

I'll post your question and see what happens.

I put it (entire post) into the DSLR Video forum, there are a few guys who have broadcast AV chops so I'll let you know.

Rob


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Nathaniel J Opgenorth
Re: How To Work With Older Nikkor Lenses on Canon Rebel Cameras
on Dec 19, 2013 at 8:28:39 am

I recently just bought a Fotodiox Nikkor to EOS adapter, its cheap and doesn't allow electronic control which is fine for what I need. I too am looking to buy some old Nikon glass since (1) my DSLR is used mainly for video and for photos I can deal with manual focus only and (2) The lenses will help create a unique look, important these days when the variables of making your video look unqiue are quickly running out! Also I personally love the look of 80s cinema, and some of this glass with the CineMorph anamorphic filter will create some interesting stuff! Anyways, Basically you don't get aperture control, which is perfectly fine if you use Nikkor glass that has manual aperture control (aka a ring not electronic) or you can bare shooting wide open or have a cheap Nikon body with your Canon DSLR to attach to the Nikon just to stop down then quickly remove it, but that is painful...Ive done it. With a non electronic adapters like the Fotodiox which I have ($17 and free shipping from amazon!) there really isn't any interaction, the one thing that is an issue which I am sure you are thinking about is how Canon meters the scene (I'm a bit fuzzy on this so I could likely be wrong, I would google it further) by adjusting the aperture when you begin to depress the shutter but for previewing it keeps the aperture wide open...again not sure this is the case and someone could correct me but if it is the basic way to overcome this would be to simply manually adjust the aperture ring on the manual Nikkor glass when metering. I'll have to look into this more, I'd do it now but I haven't any Nikkor glass with me at the moment.


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Rob Manning
Re: How To Work With Older Nikkor Lenses on Canon Rebel Cameras
on Jan 3, 2014 at 6:26:02 pm

Steve , Happy New Year.

The thread question I pasted in over on Nikonians was answered by Perrone Ford, a videographer/photographer who has frequented technical threads for years and is a camera operator generally.

Here: http://www.nikonians.org/forums/dcboard.php?az=show_topic&forum=402&topic_i...

HTHs,

Rob


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Steve Crow
Re: How To Work With Older Nikkor Lenses on Canon Rebel Cameras
on Jan 3, 2014 at 6:33:30 pm

Cool Rob I will go check it out now

Thanks!

Steve Crow
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