After quite a bit of searching around on forums - I bought mine off EBay a week ago - RJ camera - £48 - from a (Chinese - name anyway), guy who lives in good olde Basingstoke - up the road from you - they are about £10 to £20 cheaper (same adapter) if you get them direct from rjfinance in China - but I did not want to sugar about with waiting and maybe a customs fee
Paid by PP and the adapter arrived in two days
It is well made and seems OK - there is a very slight movement between the lens and the adapter - not sure if this effects anything?
To add to the confusion, Nikon did sell low end lenses (E Series) under the Nikon brand name and did make low end cameras under the Nikkormat name.
All 35mm SLR and dSLR lenses are based on the F mount from 1959 but later G series lenses don't have an aperture ring. The mount has only differed with things like meter coupling and AF drive connections. You can mount virtually any Nikon/Nikkor SLR/dSLR lens and use it (without AF and in the case of G lenses, aperture control).
There are now adapters that include a control to vary the aperture for G lenses.
Went out yesterday to try the NIkon 55-200G DX VR zoom with the Novoflex adapter for G series Nikon lenses with no aperture rings. I used My GH1 and a tripod.
I wanted to see how the lens performed at different apertures and how the adapter worked.
Firstly I was a bit disappointed with the lens at small apertures. With a lens this long, apertures like f16 and f22 come into play with the need to maximise DOF. However it didn't perform terribly well at those apertures, or my guesstimate of those apertures since there's no way to tell using the adapter.
The lens is actually very good wide open & nice and crisp even at 200mm.
The adapter was OK to use in practice & the stepless aperture ring has a smooth turning action.
I will see what its like to use hand-held in my next test.
From soundimageplus: "I must admit using MF lenses on m4/3 is loosing some of its attraction for me also. Its all the button pushing, and magnifying."
Yeah what's up with that? At least with the panny, after you've pushed the 2 buttons and focused, a half press of the shutter gets you out of MF assist so you can compose and shoot.
For Olympus it's super stupid; after all, hasn't Oly had a OM legacy adapter from the very beginning?
We deserve a firmware update or a HACK (even I'd pay for a hack, and I'm as cheap as they come). Here's how it would work. When the camera senses there's no AF lens is attached it automaticaly goes into MF mode. Then, with a single press of the +/- button on the Oly or the Q.MENU button on the Panny, you get magnified view, and, with a half press of the shutter it's back to full view.
I miss the way my Minolta D7 worked. The magnify button wasn't next to the shutter, but it was easy to locate with the right thumb, and isolated so you couldn't hit any other buttons accidentally.
I use the VF-2 and it is quite easy to focus normally (manually). Put the camera on "A" pick an aperture depending on my desired result, focus, and shoot. I used a camera for years like this (Nikon F3).