Nikon Nikkor Lens

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by BobBill, May 4, 2013.

  1. BobBill

    BobBill Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 29, 2010
    MN USA
    Bob Hively-Johnson
    There seems to be little here about using older Nikon lenses. Nikon non AF lenses excellent with why not so many used with adapters?

    My film cameras were Nikon F3 and an 8008s, the former is non AF, the later AF, and might have been Nikon's best offering...I had 4 of they gather dust. I have been seduced by m4/3.

    So, are their others like me and looking for comments from Nikon fans those who switched to M4/3 and use their old lenses?
  2. redalien

    redalien Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 23, 2012
    I'm not a Nikon fan but I have recently tried some MF Nikon lenses and out of 3 I am keeping a 50mm 1.4, they say the f1.8 is better, but i like the extra light.

    This image convinced me basically

  3. phigmov

    phigmov Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Apr 4, 2010
    I've got the Nikon F100, F3HP, FE & FM. Absolutely lovely cameras.

    Most of my m43's macro stuff (usually in the flower thread) is with the 50mm f2.8 Micro Nikkor.
  4. speedandstyle

    speedandstyle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I am an old time Nikon user, started with a used Nikomat{Nikkormat from the Asian market - different spelling - fun fact}. Anyway I have all my old lenses from pre-AI to AF-D and use them from time to time on m4/3. I also have a couple of Vivitar lenses in F-mount. My favorites adapted are 28mm E series, 50mm E series, and my 135mm Vivitar{these were also favs when I shot film}.

    I have tried some of the G lenses adapted but you are only guessing at the f-stop{unless fully open}. The G adaptors also tend to accidentally adjust aperture too easily. Plus I only have a few G lenses and they are not the better ones. So needless to say the earlier lenses work better.

    I also have a couple of the SamYang{Rokinon} lenses. These are very sharp and fast lenses for a very good price. The only down side is they are a bit big and heavy. The 85mm is super sharp, even sharper than the Nikkor 85mm.

    I am very excited about the metabones adaptor and trying my 35mm f2 AF-D with it. It would become a 24.5mm f1.4. The lens is already regarded as being sharp which I agree it is. With the speed booster it should be even sharper.
  5. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman Subscribing Member

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    during my legacy lens frenzy a few years back I picked up quite a few old Nikkor lenses.

    I havent used them in a while, maybe I should dust them off and try them on the OMD.

    I have as far as I recall a 24/2, 28/3.5, 35/2,50/1.2, 50/1.4, 50/1.8 and 105/2.5

    there is a set on my flickr page shot on E-p1 and E-510

    Nikkor Lenses - a set on Flickr

    but here are a few samples


    Boy with a Camera by kevinparis, on Flickr


    self #12 by kevinparis, on Flickr


    From a Paris Street 1 by kevinparis, on Flickr


    cafe life by kevinparis, on Flickr


  6. BobBill

    BobBill Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 29, 2010
    MN USA
    Bob Hively-Johnson
    Nikon Lenses

    Thanks, for the comments. I am not feeling so lonely now. I just never could find much Nikon here and wondered.

    Speed. How is it one does not know shooting aperture? You do not go by what is on barrel? All I ever did, even with film.

    Kevin and Redalien, those are "sharp" pics!

    Maybe I will start using them more often also.

    I have a Metabones adapter and some 4 or 5 lenses, will get going when snow finally melts. I will begin with the 35, and progress through the too heavy macro 135 and post the decent ones. I am most curious to use with at infinity as Lucky Penguin did in some of his pics, to learn where and when to use them. I am sorta of lazy and do not often switch lenses once I am out shooting...
  7. DeoreDX

    DeoreDX Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 13, 2013
    One if the main reasons I wanted a Mu43 body was to give my 55/3.5 micro Nikkor a place to live.
  8. juangrande

    juangrande Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 2, 2012
    I have the 180mm 2.8 ED AI-S. It's a lovely lens with buttery focusing. It can produce a lot of CA, but is very sharp.
  9. dragons4Mama

    dragons4Mama Mu-43 Rookie

    Dec 31, 2012
    MetroWest MA
    Another Nikon Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/3.5 macro here (but I'm not a former Nikon user, either film or digital)

    When I bought my OM-D E-M5, someone had just traded in a lot of Nikon gear. I scored the used Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/3.5 (also scored a used Nikon 52mm UV filter).

    I've customized the settings on my OM-D E-M5 for easier MF: MF assigned to Fn2 (right up there next to shutter) and Magnify assigned to Record button (I don't shoot video & if I should want to, all I have to do is rotate the Mode Dial to Movie and use the Shutter to start & stop recording)

    Pressing Fn2 puts an AF lens into MF.
    1st press of Record button shows the AF zoom frame -- size and position (arrows move the zoom frame).
    2nd press of Record button Magnifies to aid in focusing. Position of zoom frame is shown in small overlay in lower right of image. Either dial changes the magnification of the zoom frame - 5x, 7x, 10x, 14x & arrows move the zoom frame
    Pressing Record again toggles back to showing the zoom frame in the image
  10. RnR

    RnR Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 25, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia
  11. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    I have a Nikkor 55mm macro, which I used quite a bit until I acquired the O60mm macro. In fact I had two, I gave one to a friend. I'm keeping the other.
  12. DeoreDX

    DeoreDX Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 13, 2013
    A pre-ai 55/3.5 micro Nikkor and adapter might be the best sub $90 macro setup money can buy for mu43. That is one of the finest performing lenses Nikon has ever made and the pre-ai versions as incredibly dirt cheap as they are less coveted by the Nikon shoters. It's not like we need the electronics of the Ai/ais versions on our mu43 bodies.
  13. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    Mine is non-electronic. I really enjoy AF and it is my preferred methodology for focusing. But, I found that manual focus with macro does not diminish my photographic experience. I enjoy shooting macro with the Nikkor.

    GF1 w/ Micro Nikkor 55mm f/3.5 macro:




  14. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    GF1 w/Mirror Reflex 500mm Nikkor f/8


  15. mnhoj

    mnhoj There and back again

    Dec 3, 2011
    Los Angeles
    John M
    Excellent images Kevin.
    I like the self. Very intimidating.


    Beautiful color Gary.
  16. mnhoj

    mnhoj There and back again

    Dec 3, 2011
    Los Angeles
    John M
    I'm a semi-ex Nikon shooter. I like the 55mms but no longer have one. I do have a 50mm 1.8 and 100mm 2.8E. I like to use both with extension tubes. An M2 or K ring set is very affordable. I'd really like to get a 75-150E again.

    Here's a little mix of samples.



  17. slothead

    slothead Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 14, 2012
    Frederick, MD
    I love my Nikkors. When I sold off most of my Nikon gear I kept some key lenses, mostly because I retained an IR-converted DX body, but also because I just loved some of these lenses. Since that time I have also become enamored with manual focusing - I used to consider this a bear because of the absence of a micro-prism screen or grid to aid in focusing. My favorites to use with the Mu43 system are the 85/1.4, the Micro 60/2.8 and the 28/2.8.
  18. Rob917

    Rob917 Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 18, 2011
    jacksonville, florida usa
    Nikon Lenses

    I use my 50mm f1.4 AiS quite a bit; I have found focusing manually on my G3 and G5 really pretty easy. I also have a 85mm f2 AiS which is a sweet lens just a little long for MU43 but still small and sharp.
    I think using legacy lens adds another fun dimension to my photography. It slows me down a little and requires a little involvement in the process. Not a bad thing at all.
  19. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    Top notch stuff John.
  20. f6cvalkyrie

    f6cvalkyrie Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 12, 2010
    Brussels, Belgium
    I love and use my old Nikkor glass a lot.
    I'm even buying more of that, now that I own an OM-D with the excellent IBIS
    The list in my signature is just a few examples ...

    This thread shows pictures I shot with my vintage glass collection ...

    C U
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