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D40x Camera with mirror lens = black pictures

I have the Nikon D40X camera and just bought a Phoenix 500mm f/8 MF mirror lens, which was told it would work with the d40x. I used the adapter to attach this mirror lens to my camera, placed the setting on "M" (manual), but when I focus on a distant subject and snap the picture, it comes up black. How can I correct?

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  • kadcock Apr 02, 2008

    Since I am new to this type of camera - how do I change the exposures?

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Usually tele lenses need longer exposure,and mirror lenses need more than normal lenses.Try with 1sec, half sec,( 2 in the speed dial, not 2" ) or quarter sec (4 in the speed dial) exposures.

One more thing, you need good sturdy stands to hold cameras.

Posted on Apr 02, 2008

  • Chandrasekhar Ramaraj
    Chandrasekhar Ramaraj Apr 02, 2008

    Set the mode dial to manual"M" Then rotate the wheel near shutter press button,you will see the changing .If you want to change the aperture keep press the small button near the shutter button and rotate the wheel the aperture will change.
    Or you better set the dial to AUTO (green), then try the exposing with a stand.

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