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  1. #11
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    Re: Old AF micro Nikkor 55mm on a D3100

    I have used this lens a few times now, its still reading the same as it was.
    The photos dont seem to be suffering because of it ( well, not to my untrained eye anyhow ), so I will just use it like it is.


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  2. #12
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    Re: Old AF micro Nikkor 55mm on a D3100

    Old AF micro Nikkor 55mm on a D3100
    I have a very old Nikkor 55mm f/3.5 Macro Lens with the M2 Ring that dates from the 70's. It mounts up fine on my D5100 and I guess it'd mount on the D3100 too. The lens offers no AF nor any Auto aperature with my D5100 -- it's all manual set all the way. However, with it set at f/32 and an exposure of about 30 Seconds, most shots are fine. Here's one of some small bolts removed from my truck and it's not been enlarged in any way:

    Old AF micro Nikkor 55mm on a D3100-nissan-exhaust-manifold-heat-shield-screws-upload.jpg

    I don't mind the manual settings at all because with a DSLR I get instant feedback and it's not as if my subject matter is going to run off. This lens was my fathers and it has worn the years extremely well. I think it's very cool that Nikon hasn't obsoleted its lens mounting system and that 40 year old Nikkor lenses can still be used.
    Last edited by Sandpatch; 08-30-2012 at 01:57 AM.
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  3. #13
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    Re: Old AF micro Nikkor 55mm on a D3100

    Hey Sandpatch, its good to hear that lens is still taking good photos.

    Looks like its held up a bit better than those bolts from out of your truck
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  4. #14
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    Re: Old AF micro Nikkor 55mm on a D3100

    Yep, true! I was very fortunate to remove them without them breaking. Except for the macro lens, I sold off all of my father's old "glass" as being too cumbersome to use with the DSLR. As someone told me, "Yes, you can use the old lenses, but you probably won't want to." The good news is that old Nikkor lenses are still in good demand.

  5. #15
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    Re: Old AF micro Nikkor 55mm on a D3100

    Quote Originally Posted by Sandpatch View Post
    Here's one of some small bolts removed from my truck and it's not been enlarged in any way:

    Old AF micro Nikkor 55mm on a D3100-nissan-exhaust-manifold-heat-shield-screws-upload.jpg
    Those look a lot like the torque convertor bolts off of a GM product.

    Mid to late eighties THM 350

    But I could be wrong!
    Last edited by Carolina Photo Guy; 08-31-2012 at 02:25 PM.

  6. #16
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    Re: Old AF micro Nikkor 55mm on a D3100

    Thanks @Sandpatch for bringing this old thread to my attention. It was my very first post on Nikonites.
    I still have this lens, and its one of my favourites. I prefer to use this lens for my macro work than my much newer Nikon 105g VR macro lens.
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  7. #17
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    Re: Old AF micro Nikkor 55mm on a D3100

    Quote Originally Posted by Ironwood View Post
    I have used this lens a few times now, its still reading the same as it was.
    The photos dont seem to be suffering because of it ( well, not to my untrained eye anyhow ), so I will just use it like it is.
    I wouldn't worry too much. Besides, I predict that by 2017 you'll be taking some awesome jumping spider shots.
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  8. #18
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    Re: Old AF micro Nikkor 55mm on a D3100

    Quote Originally Posted by Blacktop View Post
    I wouldn't worry too much. Besides, I predict that by 2017 you'll be taking some awesome jumping spider shots.
    Don't worry about the Jumping Spiders, can you predict the Lotto numbers for this Saturday night for me, I need some cash to buy some new lenses and a D500
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  9. #19
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    Re: Old AF micro Nikkor 55mm on a D3100

    Fun read, and even learned a bit about some people's history here!
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  10. #20
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    Re: Old AF micro Nikkor 55mm on a D3100

    Yes, it was a nostalgic read for me today. I am a bit surprised that no one picked up on why I was confused about the aperture not corresponding with the range on the dial.
    It is because I had the lens focussed right in close, and I couldn't achieve f2.8, I think it was noted that the aperture range was shifting 2 stops. I now know that this is a characteristic of all macro lenses.
    Brad


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