I have an FM2 that I quite love and a D200. I also have a two G lenses that are buggers because of the lack of aperture ring. Does anyone know of an aperture ring that will convert (with, I assume, some loss) a G lens to an AI-S lens?
Nikon G to AIS adapter for older camera bodies(13 posts) (8 voices)
Such an adapter would alter the flange focal distance.
Yes, I realise that, but an altered flange distance would still be better than not using the lens at all. I have extension tubes, etc., that also alter the distance, but they don't allow me to change the aperture of my lens.
That's why you are better off just getting used AF-D and older lenses.
By the way I just spent this weekend burning some Pro 800Z film with my FM2 while waiting for the world to end.
FM2 is manual, why go through the trouble when you can get great manual focus lenses for very small money compared to the cost of G lenses.
then you loose all the advantages the G lenses have over the older lenses, as Niko said "That's why you are better off just getting used AF-D and older lenses"
and they will no longer be G and maybe loose the electrical contacts.
not worth the trouble, sell them and get D lenses, still work with your D200 and the Fm.
I have 3 G lenses, but have a different set of manual focus lenses for my F3.
I don't mind losing the G stuff. I have the lenses and cannot afford more, manual AF-D, or not. Actually, my favourite: a 50 1,2 from the first batch is having major troubles and Nikon don't reckon they can fix is as the parts here are no longer available. The part in question is the aperture ring.
I am currently unemployed and will probably not be employed for more than 1 month in the next 6, so buying lenses (even if employed as I have a wife...) is sadly out of the question. I'm all for concessions right now, but it looks like I have none availabe.
Even if such an adapter were available it would be very expensive. At least a couple of hundred dollars or around the same price as getting another lens.
The price of Nikon's older lenses has shot up in recent months. Even before the earthquake. I blame the D7000 and it's ability to shoot older lenses. I also blame mirrorless cameras from Panasonic and Olympus. Older lenses that nobody wanted are now popular again. Lenses for those systems use to sell for 10 or 20 dollars. Now they fetch hundreds. Luckily i can still buy Canon's FD lenses for under $100.
I haven't heard of such an adapter. Changing the flange distance would mean that you cannot focus to infinity anymore (like using an extension ring). To compensate that you would need to add some optics to the adapter. Basically you need a 1x Teleconverter with the ability to "translate" from electronic aperture setting (camera communication to G-lens) to mechanical.
I don't think that someone would bother to produce something like this - unfortunately. But if you find one, let us know!
A "Fools errand" if you ask me. Just buy some used MF lenses.
If one did exist, cheap crappy adapters usually run close to $100. Good ones - $350.
A 50mm 1.8 E-series lens runs about $50 on ebay.
A Sigma 24mm 2.8 MF runs for $18.
When it comes to film these days, as long as you are not doing commercial/ paid work, any lens will do. I personally like the crappy Sears lenses for their "artistic" touch to an image.
I am astounded by your comment of "any lens will do".
Maybe if you are into lomo stuff, but there is just as much of a difference in lens quality on film as there is in digital, if not more, due to the fact that there is no automatic correction of abberations.
Also, such adapters would only work for any given model of lens, all G lenses have different aperture ranges, which means that no single adapter could be used for the AI-pin placement. It would be cheaper to get a few good old Nikkors and go nuts.
Which is a long thread to say 'no'. Bugger. If one existed, I'd buy it. It is a LOT cheaper to get one adapter than suffer through Sigma and buy older lenses. I don't live in a house. Currently, I am living in a few places till next year and cannot afford both the money for lenses (that I want to check myself are good and usable) and to transport them around. No room. Anyway, thanks for all the responses.
>> have a two G lenses that are buggers \,,
Are those lense DX lenses by any chance.. ? , then you'll have havy vignetting as well on you FM2 at 35mm film ( = "Full Format" or "FX format"....).
You can control the aperture by using tape to fix the aperture pin (don't put tape on the ring, but on the lens mount to prevent the aperture from stopping all the way down). This is a DIY solution I occasionally use to do things like mount my 11-16 on my FM2 (it works surprisingly well, certainly much cheaper than buying a used 14mm or 15mm).
If you do this, use a good tape that is removable (professional framing tape works, if it's for VERY short term use you could use masking tape or painter's tape too), and that you only need a little bit (on the order of a few square mm). Also you need to meter, since the FM2 doesn't do stop down metering- the easiest way is to stick it on a dslr in manual mode and lower the aperture in 1/3 stops- when the image doesn't change anymore, you have found the aperture that you fixed the lens at.
As with any DIY solutions, you do this at your own risk etc..
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