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Discussion in 'Nikon DX DSLR Forum' started by Colyn, Jul 26, 2008.
What manual focus lens if any work on the D40x?
What about metering?
all will work, none will meter. You need a D200 or higher to get metering with manual focus lenses.
Just Google for "Nikon lens compatibility" and you'll find a few good sites describing compatibility much more completely
Not all, you do not want to put a non-AI manual focus lens on.
EDIT: Ok, sorry about that, I stand corrected. See post below.
It's a nice camera but due to the lack of metering with manual focus lens I'll be posting it in the for sale section.. My D200 will be getting a new brother soon. Maybe another D200 or maybe a D300..
I think with the D40 you can put those non-AI lenses on? It won't meter with them though.
All Nikkor lenses (even pre-AI) will mount on the D40.
AI and AIS will have no metering whatsoever
Only the handful of AIP lenses will have metering
D40, D40X, and D60 will all mount and work with Non-AI, AI, and AI-S lenses, but you will not get metering of any kind. All shoot and check histogram (or use external light meter) type stuff.
They will mount and METER with AF lenses, but you won't get autofocus.
Autofocus is only with AF-S and AF-I lenses.
I was under the impression that the modern "chipped" manual focus lenses (and the converted ones) would meter with the D40/60 cameras. Am I in error?
Nikon only constructed 3 chipped MF lenses, these were known as the AI-P Nikkors. These will meter great with the D40.
I am not aware of official conversions to CPU standards however I gather some third parties have attempted it with various degrees of sucess.
voigtlander released two AI-P-type lenses (SLII series) that will meter with the D40/x/60.
it's an interesting side-effect of the lack of the AI-indexing ring that allows the D40/x/60 to mount non-AI lenses, which the other bodies can't do. the only ones that i wouldn't try to mount are the fisheyes that require mirror lockup.
Yeah, I gather that the series of so called 'recessive' fisheyes required the mirror to be locked as the rear element of the lens protruded so far back into the camera.
I guess that mounting it onto a camera while the mirror wasn't locked would cause the rear element to go crashing into the mirror!
Thanks for flagging up the SL series, I'd forgotton about them.
hmmmm film camera lens? shrug*
I use manual focus AI and AIS 24, 28, 35, 50, 55 micro, 85, 105, 135, and 300mm lens on my D200 a lot more than the zooms commonly associated with this camera..
None of my manual focus lens would meter with the D40X so it went south to make way for another D200..
Will lens from a d40x work on any other nikon cameras
Any other digital SLR yes, some older film SLRs may not work with them.