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I finally got my Nikon F to Canon EF adapter, and it works wonderfully. I played around with it a bit yesterday, learning the ins and outs of the two Nikon lenses I picked up and the macro adapter that came with them:
The 75-150mm lens is simply awesome. It’s a short range for telephoto, and a bit long for average situations (works out to 120-240mm in full-frame terms on this camera), but it is absolutely perfect for intimate “across the yard” shots of things that are outside of your “threat zone” like skittish animals. The push-pull focal length/focus ring is easy to work quickly to zoom in and focus – and I suspect with just a little practice I’ll be manually zoom-focusing just as fast as the auto-lenses can. It “feels right” to me, right off the bat, and with the camera locked in Av (aperture priority) mode, the camera lets me manually set the f-stops on the lens and automagically figures out the exposure time to match what the lens is set at when I push the shutter – no need to do stop-down metering:
The above shows two shots quickly squeezed off with me twisting the f-stop ring from full closed to full open between shots. The camera intelligently figured out the exposure time and gave two shots that only differ in depth of field focus. This is using the el-cheapo adapter that *does not* have the contacts and chipset that supposedly fools the camera into thinking that it has a compatible lens attached. I’m impressed!
What’s more impressive is what the 2x Macro adapter does with this particular 75-150mm lens. I actually have two “2x” adapters which I thought did the same thing, but the one marked “macro” actually does what it says: it magnifies the lens output by 2x, but also pulls the focus point much closer to the lens – from about 1 foot minimum down to 4-6 inches, for some pretty good close-up work:
and that makes me very happy.
Unfortunately, when I moved the F-EF adapter over to the 500mm lens, I found out too late that the 500mm is actually an M42 mount lens with a Nikon adapter already on it. that M42-Nikon F adapter has a tiny locking pin that locked the F-EF adapter to it like a vise, and I can’t get them separated now. So I guess my F-EF adapter is now an M42-EF adapter, and I have to go order another F-EF adapter :P
But that’s OK. Using the bazooka-like 500mm lens is something that’s going to take a great deal of practice. Here’s a couple bad examples of what I was able to do with it:
So, after an hour or so of fiddling, I’m not taking really great pics with these two Nikon manual lenses and the macro adapter yet, but I’m learning a bit what they *can* do, and what I still need to learn. The extreme range of what these lenses will probably be able to do is quite exciting!
These lenses also show up the fact that my camera’s sensor is fairly dirty, showing as slightly darker blobs that are in the same places no matter what lens I use. That means I’ll have to visit an actual camera store to get it cleaned, which in turn means I’ll get exposed to the temptation of *accessories*. Lord help me.
Thrifting Report: I visited a thrift store that I rarely go to, the “Mesa Thrift” on Main Street, and found that they have a *whole shelf* of photography gear. 6 or 7 lenses, 2 full manual camera sets and miscellaneous filters and flashes. I bought out the few 52mm filters they had, including a weird “vari-color” filter that shifts from green to red depending on how you twist the setting ring, but the lens prices were a tad high, and they seemed to have mostly Canon “FD” mount lenses, which are weirdly one of the very few lenses that are difficult to adapt to the Canon EF-mount system. I passed ‘em up.
I’d just visited the closest Goodwill a couple of days ago and something bugged me about a thing I saw there, so I had to go back. You see, I’d seen a large gold-colored metal suitcase locked up in the glass “good stuff” case and asked the clerk what it was. “Some kinda band instrument” was the reply, and I passed on making her pull it out and open it. That was a mistake.
See, it gnawed at me, and the more I thought about it, the more it looked like one of those metal suitcases that photographers stored their really good lenses in. I had to go back, not really expecting it to still be there 2 days later. When I went in, it was *an entirely different* gold case that caught my eye, one instantly recognizable gold tweed suitcase that says “1950′s Smith-Corona”. And indeed, that’s what it was:
Types good, no stickiness, even had a good ribbon – but badly water-damaged in the back and missing the right platen knob. Not worth the $30 they wanted in that condition.
So I give the Silent a pass and move on to the glass case, where the curious *other* gold suitcase still awaited. This time I got the clerk to clear a path and haul the thing out so I could see for myself.
Imagine my surprise and delight:
A healthy mix of Nikon lenses and filters and stuff that appears to date from the 60′s-70′s. The lenses are pre-auto-anything, fully manual ones, complete with ring-set F-stops. Very exciting. This is the big, heavy, all-metal, fully manual type of glass that I remember from my High School Newspaper and Yearbook days in the early 80′s. I took a risk going for Nikon F-mount lenses, but I’d just read Streamlines Deluxe’s post where he has fun with an M42-mount lens mounted via adapter to his Canon D50, and I felt it was worth the gamble if I could find a Nikon F to Canon EF adapter. Turns out to have been a good gamble – that appears to be an easy conversion requiring a $15 bayonet adapter, and I have one already winging it’s way here.
In the photo above, note the Agfa Lucimeter-S. No, that isn’t a Satan-Detector, it’s a fantastic old light meter in perfect, still working state. There’s a pack of magnification lenses, and a Vivitar 2x Tele converter:
That’s, what – 6 lenses of various kinds in less than a week, all from local thrift stores, and at a price that just one would set me back on eBay. I wonder if my Typewriter Bone works on camera gear now too? :D
The latest round of thriftin’ for lenses has netted me an almost complete kit of Canon EF lenses, quite a few miscellaneous filters, a brand new spare battery charger and as a side effect of the way I’m picking up spare bits, one long-range 35mm SLR kit complete with a brand-new battery and 4 fresh rolls of film – all for under a c-note.
I’ve read about Sigma being willing to “re-chip” old lenses to make them compatible for modern DSLRs, but further investigation says they’ve stopped doing this since about 2011. No big deal, the other two lenses were worth what I paid for the whole kit, and I suppose it won’t kill me to have a decent film rig handy for backup.
I also picked up a set of Hoya magnification filters in +1, +2 and +4 that fit the EF lenses (but not the EF-S lens). That might help make up for my lack of a good macro lens, we’ll see. Anyway, I’ve been playing around and figuring stuff out and it’s a huge kick! Thrift store lens shopping is da bomb!
Update: I just found this hack for this exact older kit lens that turns it into a hypercharged macro lens, just by removing the front glass ring. If I get tired of this $14.99 lens the way it is, I will probably try this out. I will definitely do so if I find another just like it.
Typospherians near Milwaukee, WI – here’s your chance to drum up some more good press for our hobby!
As posted HERE in the Yahoo Portable Typewriter Forum:
I’ve been asked by Meg Jones of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel if I’d be willing
to be interviewed for an article on Typewriter Collectors. She asked if I knew
more typospherian types in Milwaukee, WI. I said I would post here and ask as I
haven’t met too many.
If you are in Milwaukee or nearby (i.e., Milwaukee County-ish or Racine, or
similar) and would be interested in talking to Ms. Jones, she asks you to please
contact her at
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel