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Since with the inception of Nippon Kogaku until the current Nikon Corporation - they were probably hundreds of camera models as well as million of Nikkor optics being sold thus far. It is very hard to satisfy everyone intention when each surfer coming to this Pictorial History Website (first created since 1997). Over the last few years, I have constructed quite a number of sites featuring a selective Nikon camera models (Nikon F(based on Mike Liu's previous effort, the Nikon F2 series, F3 Series, Nikon F4, NIkon F5, the digital SLR series as well as the midrange models such as Nikon FM series, FA, FE series, Nikkormat/Nikomat and the compact EM/FG/FG20 etc..). Each of these featured model has their respective Message Board to support specific owner of each camera types. However, there are a number of very good Nikon SLRs (as well as the film and/or Digital compacts wer quite exciting too. But due to various reasons, I cannot featured them one by one. This Message Board was created just for that purpose - to provide a gateway for those that were not being featured. You may use it for whatever you think suitable - questions & answers (Q&A) or just make good use of it to share experience among one another. The use of this section of the photography SITE is not confined soly for this purpose, you may also make use of it for other photographic matters. Some of the remarks presented within the pictorial history site was entirely personal and I do not wish to influence any decision prior to any potential purchases or disposal of your equipment. You may make use of this convenience here to present your own views as well. Enjoy.

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1. From : Neo (
Url : http://
Date : 02:16 PM Friday 14 December, 2007

K. :- Nikon FG with 50mm and looking for an alternate zoom lens for Portrait and Close-up/macro.

I would suggest a manual focus Nikon 80-200mm f/4.5 Ai or 80-200mm f/4.0s. Since your FG is not an autofocus camera, so, I guess AF is not a priority. On top of that, AF lenses are more expensive. Between the f/4.5 and f/4.0 - difference is a slight reduce of lens speed BUT I would rather advise you to take the f/4.0s. Firstly, FG offers Program (P) AE (with Aperture Priority AE + Manual), P mode offers slight advantage of auto senses the focal length to set for higher shutter speed in P mode and an Ai-S spec zoom automated the process. The 80-200 f/4.0s has a built-in macro mechanism to allow you to shoot close-up to approx. 1:4 ratio but th
e bigger advantage is the working distance of a telephoto zoom between subject and the lens, so it offers a more comfortable shooting distance rather than leeching the lens to the subject.

you can find both the lenses mentioned (I didn't know there was an AI-S f/4.5 until I read them (SIMPLY A GREAT GREAT and IMPORTANT NIKON INFO SITE):
The first is the f/4.5 Ai and the f/4.0s at the latter link.

2. From : Kellie (
Url : http://
Date : 03:51 AM Friday 14 December, 2007

I have a Nikon FG-20 camera with the standard 50mm lens. I am looking to get a zoom lens to be able to do more close-ups and portrait photography. Can you tell me what types of lenses would fit this camera?

3. From : PJPA (
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Date : 06:12 PM Friday 07 December, 2007

Hi Rick, Thank you very much for your help. I thought that I might find a corretion eyepiece for my EM, but as you say, after so many years it may be close to impossible, even if they did exist. All my hopes were that they might be compatible with some modern model... I'm afraid I'll really have to get used to wearing my glasses while taking pictures. It's not a problem with how I see, though, but with not feeling comfortable when the glass touches the camera. Glasses are so awkward to me that I don't even wear them unless I must drive!

I'll go to my optometrist and hope that he'll understand what I'm looking for when I tell him about that 1 m. I haven't got bifocals, since I only suffer from myopia (no hypermetropia, no astigmatism, nothing else), which I suppose will make things easier. But I cannot tell how comfortable my view is at 1 meter. It depends on the size of the letters! :-)

4. From : Ken (
Url : http://
Date : 04:42 PM Friday 07 December, 2007

This was posted by Mr Yap that explained partially of your Q:

" of manual focus Nikkor lenses on Nikon Digital SLR cameras is there. Higher end models offers excellent backward compatibility with MF Nikkor lenses. Newer models doesn't show exposure data even if they can be used in certain exposure modes or some entry models such as D40 - it even don't accept MF Nikkor. Nikon Europe has the spec sheets that says f0r the 10Mpixels Nikon D40X:

Nikon F mount with AF coupling and AF contacts Type G or D AF Nikkor
1) AF-S, AF-I: All functions supported,
2) Other Type G or D AF Nikkor: All functions supported except autofocus,
3) PC Micro-Nikkor 85mm f/2.8D: Can only be used in mode M; all other functions supported except autofocus,
4) Other AF Nikkor (Excluding lenses for F3AF)/AI-P Nikkor: All functions supported except autofocus and 3D Color Matrix Metering II,
5): Non-CPU: Can be used in mode M, but exposure meter does not function; electronic rangefinder can be used if maximum aperture is f/5.6 or faster. (IX Nikkor lenses can not be used).

If I didn't read it wrongly, the part on the G-Spec AF Nikkor was not fully supported as it will revert AF back to MF was a joke ! I can understand older MF Nikkor may not be fully compatible as the camera was an AF camera. But the AF-D and AF G behavior is something that I cannot accept....".

From what I understand, D80, D70(s) can accept the older Ai (minimum spec - for non -Ai lenses, you need to modify to Ai) Nikkor lenses and still be able to take pictures at M and Aperture Priority AE mode; however, Nikon strangely didn't designed the camera to show the info on the LCD, that is all.

5. From : Protap Dutta (
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Date : 02:04 AM Thursday 06 December, 2007

I HAVE NIKON FTN camera with normal & 2.8 wide lenses. Now I want to have one Nikon D40, D40x, D80. I like to know will those LENSES WILL FIT THIS NEW DIGITAL CAMERA BODY.

6. From : rick oleson (
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Date : 10:21 AM Sunday 02 December, 2007


You're right, the EM does not have any built-in diopter adjustment on the viewfinder. I think that eyepiece correction lenses were made to fit the EM/FG series, but finding one that suits your needs at this point would be a daunting task.

Generally, eyeglasses are prescribed for good distance vision, and if you have bifocals the close-up distance is generally about 1/2 meter or so. The 1 meter apparent distance of a viewfinder unfortunately falls midway in between, and if your eyes do not comfortably adjust to that difference you may well have trouble. If you have progressive multifocal lenses, there may be a zone in the middle that works.

You might want to explain this situation to your optometrist, and possibly see if you could get some glasses made for photography.... a good combination would be a bifocal with the main lens set normally for distance vision and the close-up part set for comfortable viewing at 1 meter. I'm not sure how easy it will be to get that, but it seems like it shouldn't be too hard once the doctor understands what you need.

7. From : Jorgen Lissner (
Url : http://
Date : 03:47 AM Saturday 01 December, 2007

Hi I am looking for a remote shutter release for the Nikon F-401X. There does not seem to be any. The camera does not accept a cable release so how do I take pictures if I do not want to touch the camera??

8. From : PJPA (
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Date : 05:18 PM Friday 30 November, 2007


I've always wanted to take up photography, and only lately have I decided to take my mother's old equipment out of the drawer, its main article being a Nikon EM camera. When looking for more information than that in the instruction booklet I've found this site and its superb user manual. Thanks a lot for it! I've learnt a lot! There's only a problem, and I haven't been able to find an answer to it. I don't know whether this is the right place to ask, but I thought this information might be useful for others, too.

I cannot really get used to using the camera with my glasses on. I haven't been able to find any information about correction eyepieces for this model. Can you tell me whether there is such an accesory? I've found some info at Nikon's web site about having to have one's sight checked for a distance of 1 m... Is that the usual way of prescribing? I'm short-sighted, and I've got 3.75 diopters. Does that mean that I should use a -4.0 eyepiece? I've read something about a one-diopter lens already in the cameras, but I don't know whether that would mean that I need a -5.0 eyepiece... I don't think the EM has any built-in correction system.

Thank you very much!

9. From : Kakaman (
Url :
Date : 01:23 AM Thursday 29 November, 2007

May be this site can help you:

10. From : rick oleson (
Url : http://
Date : 11:45 AM Tuesday 27 November, 2007

Hi Mattia:

The 55/1.2 exists in both Non-AI and AI versions, but the great majority are Non-AI mounts.... and from your reference to the term "Nikkor-S", which was used on earlier lenses, I assume that yours is a Non-AI mount.

Non-AI lenses, as manufactured, should not be mounted on the FE2: the rear edge of the aperture ring of the lens presses against the tab on the coupling ring around the lens mount on the body, and it is possible to damage the camera body by over-stressing the coupling ring. At best, the meter will not give accurate readings if you manage to mount the lens safely.

However, it may get more complicated than that: very many Non-AI lenses have been modified, either by machining the rear edge of the aperture ring or by replacing the entire aperture ring using a conversion kit that was sold by Nikon for many years. You may have a lens that was not originally compatible with the FE2 but has been converted, in which case it would be perfectly usable.

I'm sorry for the complex, non-explanation, but Nikon came up with this mount, not me. If you have a digital camera, please take a clear photo of the back end of your lens and email it to me at the above address. If I can get a look at the back of the lens I can tell you whether it's okay to use it on your camera. There is something of an explanation of the Nikon lens mount changes of the 1970s at the attached URL link, but it might just make it all more confusing than it already is.

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