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    Default Possible to mount Nikon lens on Canon DSLR

    Hi folks, newbie question for you.

    Is there any way to mount Nikon lenses on my Canon 300D? My Dad has a bunch of old Nikon lenses from his SLR camera and it's a waste that I can't use them.

    And if there is a way to mount it on my Canon, will the lens function properly? Eg: AF, etc...

    Thanks all!

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    Yes there are adaptors you can use to fit a Nikkor lens to Canon. Only can use M mode or AV for metering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by p7m13 View Post
    Hi folks, newbie question for you.

    Is there any way to mount Nikon lenses on my Canon 300D? My Dad has a bunch of old Nikon lenses from his SLR camera and it's a waste that I can't use them.

    And if there is a way to mount it on my Canon, will the lens function properly? Eg: AF, etc...

    Thanks all!
    Yes, there are adapters to mount, but AF will not work and you have to use stop down metering.

    Alternatively, get a Nikon DSLR. Why didn't you consider this when you bought your DSLR?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lsisaxon View Post
    Why didn't you consider this when you bought your DSLR?
    http://blogs.reuters.com/2007/07/18/...hing-the-beast



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    Can we know the names of the lenses? Then we can also tell you if its really worth the trouble to go manual focus. For sure, AF will not work no matter what becasue the auto-focus system to that of canon is different. You'll have to use manual focus, and its difficult to do so on a 300D as the viewfinder is very small. Also, if the lenses are entry level AF lenses, the manual focus ring maybe very small, unusuable comfortably, or not even there. I find that the manual focus control on any autofocus lens for that matter cannot beat that of one thats completely manual (eg torque, responsiveness etc). Of course there are some good exceptions and these are usually found on only the most professional of lenses. I myself mount manual Nikkors on a 30D. I have tried MF on 300D, 400D, Nikon D50, Nikon D70, Nikon D80, and it really is not easy for the 300D, 400D, D70, D50 as the VF is extremely small. Its ok if you use these lenses once in a while on your 300D but not recommended as a main lens.
    5D MII w/16-35L,Sigma 28-70&Nikkors(35f2,85f1.4,105f2.5,180f2.8ED)

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    Thanks for the replies, so if I get such an adaptor I'll have to use MF and the aperture will always be wide open?

    I have to find out what lenses they are because he has lost the manuals. I know that one is a 28-135mm and I can't remember the other one he has.
    Last edited by p7m13; 14th September 2007 at 11:15 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by p7m13 View Post
    Thanks for the replies, so if I get such an adaptor I'll have to use MF and the aperture will always be wide open?

    I have to find out what lenses they are because he has lost the manuals. I know that one is a 28-135mm and I can't remember the other one he has.
    I think you can stop it down. The focal length should be engraved on the lens near the filter thread. You can ask htthach about the adapter because he just bought a Nikkor 600/4 to use with his 5D.

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    But seriously, though there is a converter adaptor to use but surely you will not be able to make full use of the lens or even camera's features, there will be many other factors you'll need to look into when taking a photo, is it really worth it?

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    I personally find it worth it when you use really good professional manual lenses that more than make up for the lack of auto-focus, etc... If say you've got Nikkor 105mm f/2.5, 85mm f/2 or f/1.4m, 35mm f/2 or f/1.4, 28mm f/2, 50mm f/1.2, 180mm f/2.8 ED etc... the really best primes that costs thousands for its auto focus equilivents, its worth it, unless of course you have the cash for the new stuff.
    5D MII w/16-35L,Sigma 28-70&Nikkors(35f2,85f1.4,105f2.5,180f2.8ED)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bored Dad View Post
    But seriously, though there is a converter adaptor to use but surely you will not be able to make full use of the lens or even camera's features, there will be many other factors you'll need to look into when taking a photo, is it really worth it?
    Would you buy a ZF lens to use on your Nikon AF body?

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