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What adapter do i need to make a vivitar 52MM wide angle lens work with a Nikon D-3000 with a 18-135MM lens?

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If you can fit a filter to the front of your lens, you could buy a wide angle adapter like a 0.5, with the screw size that fits your filter screw.
But the wide angle front lenses, were designed for compact camera's and video camera's And although the 18 mm could become like 12 mm, but you will introduce colour fringing, distortion and more , that can't be corrected in normal programs like Lightroom.
I used a wide angle 0,5x (52mm) Hama and a tele 1,5x from cannon, on my video and later on my canon powershot G9, to find I was looking for a DSLR. I never was quiet pleased with the results.

And yes, sometimes you can't go farther back, but then I shoot 2 or 3 pictures.
Now I use a 12 - 24 on my Nikon DSLR. Now I get the pictures I want in a quality that fits.
My 0,5 and 1,5 are somewhere in a box. I payed the same (new) for both as for my Sigma 12-24. With the sigma I do have fun.

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SOURCE: old vivitar lens to adapt to a new digital camera

In order to know whether the mount on the lens will work correctly with the camera body, you need to provide the model of the lens, not just the serial number.

Many manufacturers (Vivitar included) make lenses that will mount SLR cameras. Sigma, Nikkor (Nikon), Quantaray, Vivitar all make lenses that will mount Nikon bodies. Nikon-mountable lenses will also mount Fuji bodies. Please indicate model number of lenses.

Chances are, however, they will NOT mount to the SLR bodies you have chosen. You can take your lenses to Ritz or Wolf Camera (any camera shop for that matter) and see which will work. What you are really looking for is whether the camera will be able to use features such as auto-focus and aperture from the body (if the lens doesn't have an aperture ring).

Posted on Mar 28, 2008

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SOURCE: Older Vivitar 28mm Lens on New Nikon D50 Digital Camera

Bob, there are several reasons why this won't work, mainly cost

An older manual focus wide angle will work in the manual mode on a D50. The can be had very cheap on eBay and the like.

Converting one that has a Canon FD mount to a Nikon is possible, but you would need one with a Nikon mount for parts. The focal plane distances are different between Nikon and Canon. An adapter for this is not possible without adding optics to compensate

Kevin

Posted on Apr 04, 2008

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SOURCE: vivtar 20mm wide angle lens #22100295

This lens was manufactured by Kino (aka Kiron) made in 2001. I will try to find out it's compatibility list and post it here when I have it.

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I will try to help you, but please understand that my experience is with Nikon film cameras. Assuming that the D60 works in a manner similar to a Nikon 35 mm body and that Sigma macro lens work like Nikon macro lens, you should be able to determine the usable subject to lens distance by experimentation. First, make sure the lens is in the macro mode. To do this you must set the auto-focus mode control to the manual focus mode (see your manual). On Nikon lenses, you must first set the focus ring to infinity, then move slider switch, which has two positions marked; "normal" and "macro., to the macro position. You should now be able to rotate the focus ring to the macro range. Use the zoom ring to zoom in and out and focus with the focus ring. The the range over which the lens to subject to lens distance will yield an in focus image will be rather limited and in the range of an inch or so to 6 or 8 inches.

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SOURCE: 24mm1:2auto wide angle the lens is coming apart

With all due respect, your lens is not worth repairing unless you are already experienced in making lens repairs, and from your question you clearly aren't. The Vivitar 24mm f2 and the f2.8 versions are not the easiest of lenses to start learning on. The fault is either due to wear (new spares no longer available, used spares in very short supply) or one or more loose/missing internal fasteners (probably the focussing ring limiters), but investigating and accurately fixing the cause is not cost effective.

You can buy a replacement on auction websites for anywhere between £30 and £80, and for about £20 to £60 less if you're prepared to accept the f2.8 version which is one stop slower at maximum aperture. Even at the higher price you'll find that it's cheaper than having your lens professionally fixed (or even for paying for a diagnostic strip-down only to be told it's irreparable). However, you can offset some of the cost by selling your lens in it's current condition and honestly described as being for spares or repair. As it's the faster f2 model it's always in demand and will appeal to those who have the skills to restore it to working condition. Another one to search for (and much easier to find) is the excellent Tamron 24mm f2.5 which typically sells for around £20 to £35, although you may have to spend more to obtain the correct interchangeable Adaptall-2 mount for your camera (but you can get most of that back when you sell the unwanted mount supplied with the lens). As the maximum aperture is f2.5 the lens is only about a half a stop slower than yours.

I hope that my reply has helped, if so please rate my answer.

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What adapter do i need to make a vivitar 52MM wide angle lens work with a Nikon D-3000 with a 18-135MM lens?


I'm afraid this will not work.
The filter size from the Nikon is 67 mm. and your vivvitar had a 52 mm tread. The step down convertor from 67 to 52 will block to much to use the wide-angle convertor.
I think you still will see a wider part in the centre of the frame, but in the end, the vignetting that takes place, will leave you with only a part of the picture to use. What stays will be smaller than what you pick up with the lens in the 18 mm setting.

Just try what you see, when you just hold the vivitar in front of the lens and shoot a picture. Take care you don't scratch the front lens of your 18-135. put a cheap UV filter, when you want to test.
See you only have a circular picture with this test.

I have a 12-24 lens and only use it once a year, so if you don't have a special purpose for a wide angle, don't bother buying one.

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The nikon d80 you pointed out is a solid good camera. Id suggest buying it, if you are sure your lenses fit, didnt bother to check But I know Nikon is the way to go!

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The M42 mount was used by several camera manufacturers, most notably Pentax. Nikon is not one of them.
Vivitar made many lenses with a T-mount. This consists of a screw mount on the lens and a suitable adapter, depending on the camera body. This allows a lens to be used with different cameras simply by changing the adapter.
If your lenses are T-mount, then yes, there are adapters available. One source is here.
Be aware that you'll probably lose any metering capability when using any lens with this adapter. You'll have to use a separate light meter or else view the resulting picture on the display and adjust the exposure appropriately.

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Will a Vivitar 58 mm UV filter attach to a Nikon d3100 18-55mm lens?


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Is the Vivitar 21mm 3.8 a good lens for Nikon?


For what you can buy them for these days, they're excellent and were usually made by Kiron who made excellent lenses in their own name and also for Tokina and Vivitar.

But unless you're using a full frame Nikon (i.e. 35mm or the full frame digital professional bodies) then it's nothing special as it has the same angle of view as a 31.5mm lens (close enough to a 28mm for discussion purposes). A 28mm f3.8 offers no advantage over many of the kit zoom lenses which come with many Nikons and with the huge advances in optical design since the 21mm Vivitar was made are likely to be optically superior.

On balance, if your Nikon is a 35mm film SLR or a full frame sensor version then go for it as it's a fantastic super-wide angle lens. With anything else, it simply doesn't make much sense. What it will still do though is offer fantastic depth of field which will be lacking in relative terms on a 28mm lens designed for APS-C sensors.

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Canon on nikon


The Canon lenses are FD mount which means that you will need to get an adaptor to convert the FD mount to fit the F mount on the Nikon. An example of the mount can be seen here:

http://www.rugift.com/photocameras/canon-fd-nikon-adapter.htm

As for the speedlights the hotshoe mount will accept them on your Nikon, put them on with fresh batteries and try them out.

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Conversion lenses & filters


These screw on the front of the plastic lens adapter and adjust the focal length. On the side of the adapter lenses it will quote the ratio. My wide angle says 0.66x so just multiply the range of focal lengths by this figure and you will see that it adjusts the camera zoom accordingly - making the image wider and probably also increasing the depth of field (what is in focus). Similarly a 1.5 tele will inrease the range of focal lengths to make the lens "longer" eg higher magnification , useful for astro photography - shots of the moon and terrestrial long distance work but detracting from the depth of field, eg the range of distance over which objects are in focus will be reduced.

The wide angle will allow you to come in close and get WIDE objects fully in-frame- hence "wide angle", while the telephoto will give you better overall maginification of the image but will probably increase the MINIMUM focal length - eg you may not be able to focus on objects closer than >2m (instead of ~1).

The screw-on adapter lenses I found were cheap in a Jessops sale use a 52mm thread, while the S5500 provides a 55mm internal thread. I use an appropriate 55mm to 52mm step down ring adapter. There is slight vignetting (shading around the edge of an image) at certain combinations of zoom, but generally these are very useful accessories.

As these are adapter lenses on the front of an already powerful 10x zoom that must be optically compromised at the price of this camera, there maybe some colour fringeing around bright images. If you want a better solution you really need to get a DSLR. Overall a good solution for the price.


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This lens was manufactured by Kino (aka Kiron) made in 2001. I will try to find out it's compatibility list and post it here when I have it.

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Older Vivitar 28mm Lens on New Nikon D50 Digital Camera


Bob, there are several reasons why this won't work, mainly cost

An older manual focus wide angle will work in the manual mode on a D50. The can be had very cheap on eBay and the like.

Converting one that has a Canon FD mount to a Nikon is possible, but you would need one with a Nikon mount for parts. The focal plane distances are different between Nikon and Canon. An adapter for this is not possible without adding optics to compensate

Kevin

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