Nikon D80 body only, with Nikkor 35-70 2.8d from my N70 film camera. Supposed to work with full support but, when Aperture Priority is selected and I move the aperture ring on the lens away from 2.8, I get an F EE message on the screen of the viewfinder and monitor
Everything thing else works the way it should. No mention in book about needing special setup for Aperture pri. just turn the wheel to 'A' is all it says!
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Re: aperture priority malfunction
You can use the film lens with the D80, but it it not react to the same settings as it did with the film body, the multiplier factor for the focal length is going to be different and it may be stopped down a bit. When you are shooting in aperture mode are you adjusting your shutter and ISO? The camera and the lens have to be communicating the same info to one another inorder for it to work. First set the camera back to auto mode the check the shot to see the settings (f-stop, shutter speed) test them with different ISO's to see what the camera thinks the settings should be, then go back to manual on the camera and lens and try the shutter priority mode with the aperture ring set at the 2.8 to see if it works then change to Aperture mode with the same settings that can take the picture. If it doesn't work keep in mind som of the older D lenses will drop some functionality (like aperture) in certain configurations. You can verfify compatibilty of your specific lens on Nikon's support site.
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If you are using an older lens the aperture ring will be close to the camera body when the lens is on the camera. In order to set the aperture with a D80 and older lens you must set the aperture ring to "22" or the highest number on the aperture ring available. For newer lenses there is no aperture ring. You set the aperture by setting the dial on the top left of the D80 to "A" for Aperture Priority. You then set the aperture by rotating the front dial on the right side of the camera under the shutter release button. On older lenses, after setting the aperture ring to the highest number, you then set the aperture in the same manner.
You have not stated which model camera body you have so I can only give you general Nikon information. There is a range over which the automatic settings will work for each camera. In addition, Nikon bodies have multiple sensitivity ranges. On the D90 for example, go into the "Shooting Menu" and open the "ISO sensitivity settings." You will see "maximum sensitivity" and "minimum shutter speed" menus along with the "ISO sensitivity auto control" options. Turn off the auto control option and manually set the maximum (ISO) sensitivity and minimum shutter speed. Also, the Shooting Menu also has "High ISO NR" settings that can be used to accommodate most lighting situations. You need to look in your camera's manual for all the details. The Nikon website has manuals available for all the Nikon products.
The sensor on the D80 is smaller than a piece of 35mm film. This means the camera will only use the center portion of the image cast by the lens. This reduces the angle of view, effectively increasing the focal length. The 35-70mm will give you an angle of view similar to a 52-105mm lens on a film camera. Likewise the 70-210mm lens will give you an angle of view similar to a 105-315mm lens.
I don't think you're going to see much difference in sharpness between the two lenses, because they're both such good lenses.
You can use the lens in any exposure mode. Leave the aperture ring set at f/22. Control the aperture from the camera body, the same way you do it with the 18-135mm. The zoom doesn't have an aperture ring --- so just set the ring on the 50mm to f/22 and then pretend it doesn't have one either.
I found this in my D80 manual regarding non-cpu lenses and their limitations:
The non-CPU lenses listed below may be used, but only when the camera is in mode M. Selecting another mode disables the shutter release. Aperture must be adjusted manually via the lens aperture ring and the camera autofocus system, metering, electronic analog exposure display,
** and TTL flash control can not be used. **
Except where otherwise noted, the electronic range fi nder can be used with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster. • AI-modifi ed, AI-, AI-S, or Series E Nikkor • Medical Nikkor 120 mm f/4 (can only be used at shutter speeds slower than 1/180 s) • Refl ex Nikkor (electronic range fi nder can not be used) • PC Nikkor (electronic range fi nder can not be used when shifting or tilting lens) • AI-type teleconverter * • PB-6 Bellows focusing attachment (attach in vertical orientation; can be used in horizontal orientation once attached) * • Auto extension rings (PK 11A, 12, 13; PN-11) * * Electronic range fi nder can be used if maximum effective aperture is f/5.6 or faster.
There is a great deal of info in the manual about the use of other compatible Nikon devices. If you have lost your manual, you can view / download it here:
In all but aperture priority mode and manual modes you must set this lens to it's minimum aperture setting (i.e. highest number) to allow the camera body to fully control the aperture for you.
You'll also get this problem when using certain Nikon bodies which rely solely on electronic communication of the lens settings to the camera body (e.g. Nikon F75) as they lack the ability to read the mechanical linkages on the rear of the lens.
This is an easy one. With the battery grip attached, you can only have either Shutter Priority or Aperture Priority work properly. You can change it with the custom function settings of the camera. So you can change it to work with Aperture Priority if you use that more so then shutter priority won't work.