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    Nikon lenses for digital and manual cameras

    I'm hoping someone here can help as I find the different Nikon lens types very confusing!

    I currently have an Olympus E-3 and several lenses, an OM1 & OM2s/p and OM Zuiko lenses and a seperate SD video camera. I am seriously considering changing and going for the Nikon replacement for the D700 when it emerges, which I hope will compete with the Canon EOS 5D Mark II. I also currently use several large format Nikkor lenses for my 5x4 camera, which I like for their contrasty interpretation of landscapes.

    I would like to know if Nikon lenses which can be used with the digital cameras can also be used with the 35mm film cameras, as were this possible I would probably add an F6 body later. Currently when I wish to use digital & 35mm film, I need to use different lenses for optimal quality, with the Olympus. One set of lenses for both film and digital would be great.
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    Yes and No.

    Here is the top and bottom of it.

    If you are interested in a Nikon lens and you think "I wonder if it also works on a nice old Nikon F3" do this:

    1) Look at the lens label, does it have a "G" on there? (see where it says 35mm F1.18G?) Like THIS lens? DON'T buy it.

    2) Look again, does it say DX on it? (Like the lens above) DON'T buy it.

    All other lenses (more or less) are fully compatible. For even more detailed info check this site, that should cover all you need to know basically.

    Ken Rockwell's "Nikon Lens Compatibility"

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    I think the so-called F-Mount is one of the beauties of Nikon cameras and lenses. As long as you stay away from the DX lenses, which do not cover full frame, you can use almost all Nikon lenses on Nikon digital and film cameras. Be aware that there are some exceptions and limitations, but they involve specialty lenses and very old lenses.
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    What's wrong with the G lenses?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RalphLambrecht View Post
    What's wrong with the G lenses?
    Doh, no aperture ring!

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    G lenses will work with an F6. Any of the cameras that can control the aperture via camera settings will work. Older, manual cameras cannot use a G lens except at wide-open.

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    Using a G lens on a manual camera without aperture control from the body will result in minumum aperture (max f number), not wide open.

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    There are limitations with AF bodies and not ALL function fully with G lenses. I'd check here for what's what:

    http://www.nikonians.org/nikon/slr-lens.html

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    Ken Rockwell's site states that G lenses work OK with the F6 and the D700. Is he wrong?

    I never purchased one, but that may be over soon, because every Nikon lens coming out lately is a G lens.
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