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Vivitar telephoto lense 500mm

I saw a used vivitar telephoto lens with range to 500mm and wondered if it would work with my Nikon D90 SLR

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Yes and no. If it doesn't come with one, you'll need a T-adapter for Nikon in order to mount the lens (you can get one from Vivitar, as well as from other manufacturers). The lens is not an autofocus lens, so obviously you will have to focus manually. It's also a mirror lens so it has a fixed aperture. It's what Nikon classifies as a non-CPU lens, so you cannot use the D90's exposure meter. You will have to shoot in Manual mode.

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Installing the Rokinon 500mm/1000mm f/8.0 Mirror Lens for Nikon


This lens does not have the electronics to communicate with the camera. You have to use the camera on the Manual exposure mode (turn the mode dial to M) and set the aperture and shutter speed yourself. You will not get any metering help from the camera's light meter, but you can use the histogram to fine-tune your exposure. You also have to focus the camera manually.

You'll want to use a tripod or other support, as the lens will magnify every bit of camera shake.

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Are there any Vivitar digital cameras that will accept a vivitar 70-210 lens from a 35mm camera?


No. Vivitar currently does not make any digital cameras with interchangeable lenses. They do make a film camera with interchangeable lenses:
http://www.vivitar.com/products/8/professional-and-slr/34/v3800-50

Depending on the mount on the lens, it may fit a number of digital cameras from another manufacturer. For example, if the lens has a Nikon mount then it will fit onto every Nikon digital SLR model, though perhaps not all features will work with every model.

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I have a vivitar 62mm camera lens, is there any value to this lens? It was used on a Cannon AE-1 35mm camera.


That is one peculiar focal length- in fact, I think you have given us the filter thread size (62mm diameter fitting filter). So I can't comment on the lens as I am not sure what it is.

There are some Canon digital cameras that can take the lenses from the old SLR film camera range, so if this is an interesting lens, like a zoom or telephoto, it might be worth something. Most film camera stuff now is unwanted, unless it is collectable. A Vivitar lens with a Canon mount is not collectable. These were less expensive third party lenses, not the top whack Canon made ones.

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I am going to purchase Nikon D90. Which kind of lens is primarily required for me- one 18-105mm or two lenses consisting of one 18-55mm and another 55-200mm ?


That's up to you. All three of them are fine lenses. The 18-105mm covers a useful range by itself and makes for a wonderful "walking about" lens. But it only goes up to 105mm. If you want a longer lens to take pictures of things farther away, it won't do it.

The 18-55mm and 55-200mm together cover a longer range. The downside is that it's two lenses, so it's more you have to carry around and you will lose some time changing between them.

There are other combinations. I personally have the 18-105mm and the 70-300mm, which gives me more reach than the 200mm. Nikon also has an 18-200mm lens, which in one lens covers the range you're considering with two lenses.

As I said first, the decision is yours. Only you know how much range you need for the pictures you want to take, how much weight you're willing to carry, and possibly most important, how much money you're willing to spend.

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Just got a 500mm f8.0 Telephoto Lens for my Nikon D90. When I connect it according to the instructions I am certain I have mounted the lens properly to my camera, I have a universal T mount to connect to...


The lens lacks the electronics to communicate with the camera. You must switch the camera to Manual exposure mode by turning the mode dial to M. The lens has only aperture, f/8, and so you have to control the exposure by changing the shutter speed and/or ISO. Unfortunately, the D90's light meter will not give you any help here.

You can get a general idea of the exposure by using another lens before mounting the 500mm. From there you can fine-tune the exposure by using the histogram display on the LCD monitor. This is how I do it with my D90 and 500mm lens.

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Do all nikon lenses mount the same or are the digital cameras difrent? I own a nikon 6006 camera and want to know if i can use my lenses with the D90 or do I need to get diffrent lenses?


Yes and no. Physically they will all fit (with very rare exceptions, such as the 6mm f/2.8 fisheye).

Most Nikon dSLRs have a sensor that is smaller than a frame of 35mm film. What this means is that you end up using only the central area of each lens. In effect this means that each of your lenses is effectively 1.5 times longer. A 200mm lens on a digital camera will give you the same angle of view a 300mm lens on a film camera gives you. The D3 family and the D700 are the exceptions, behaving similar to a film camera in this respect.

Older Nikon lenses do not have the electronic circuitry necessary to communicate with newer cameras. In the case of the D90, this means that such lenses will not communicate with the camera's exposure meter. They can still be used in Manual mode, but without assistance from the meter. You'll need to move up to a D300 if you want to meter with such lenses.

Bear in mind that lens technology continues to improve every year. Given an old lens and a new lens of similar focal length (or zoom range), the new lens will almost invariably outperform the old one.

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WILL THIS MODEL JELL WELL WITH THE NIKON 50mm LENSES (NORMAL) & OTHER BRANDS OF 50mm LENSES (NORMAL) THAT IS WITH NIKON D90 DSLR


Hello,
The Nikon D90 works well with the Nikon AF 50mm lenses and most other brand Nikon fit AF lenses. If they are not AF you will lose autofocus and metering.
Do you know that on the D90 the lens becomes a 75mm but the aperture stays the same, so for instance the 50mm f/1.8 is a 75mm f/1.8.

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I want to use fairly telephoto lens in D3 slr nikon camera


You don't say what sort of telephoto you want to buy or how much money you want to spend but basically anything longer than a 50 mm is regarded as telephoto.
A staring point for you maybe the lens listed below: Nikon Telephoto Zoom 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED AF-S VR
It importantly has VR or "Vibration Reduction" on it to reduce camera blur when hand holding telephoto shots. This is just a staring point... You need to work out what you want to photograph Cheers Ian

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I'm planning to buy a DSLR but confused what to buy


You have named several excellent digital SLR cameras aimed at the top end of the amateur/semi professional market.
I have the Nikon D200 and have been very pleased with it.
As stated by JCDill, you must really decide what you want and can afford. The camera body you choose will commit you down one path or another. For example, if you choose Canon, only Canon or OEM (Other Equipment Manufacturers) such as Sigma lenses will fit your camera body. Canon have a good reputation for their auto-focus, while Nikon make lenses that are the envy of others.
If this is your first digital SLR then you might be best buying an entry level body with a multi-purpose zoom lens such as the Nikon D40. There is a lot to learn.
If you are converting from film SLR and already have a set of lenses, then the cameras you mentioned will probably be able to use your existing lenses (but this is less so with Canon than Nikon). I was ecstatic to disover that my old Nikon 500mm mirror lens works in manual mode (with metering displayed) on my Nikon D200 but would not work properly on my Nikon D70.
I hope this helps.

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