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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Lens motor(inside the lens) could be damaged already. The D40x focusing system is dependent on the lens, just like any other Nikon Dx camera except for the ones that has built-in motor to its body, e.g. D90, D7000. Try a different lens, most likely it should work
That is exactly why the auto-focus (AF) does not work with that lens on this camera. The D40, D40X, D60, D3000, D3100 and D5000 lack an AF motor built into the camera. These cameras will require that the lens have the AF motor to work as expected.
You can review a complete list of lenses (as of 8/2010) that have a built in AF motor here.
I'd take it to a "good' repair station for that. It may not be in the viewfinder , but on the sensor, and that is very touchy. When I bought mine, I put the zoom lens on and have never taken it off cause of dust.
The D40x will not timestamp the image itself.
The date and time are contained in the JPG metadata, which you can access when you look at the picture, or can imprint when getting the pictures processed.
Hi. No you can't shoot by viewing the LCD, only by using the eye-level viewfinder. Some SLR cameras have "live-view", which lets you use either the eye-level finder or the LCD. It really isn't a very good method of shooting with an SLR, as you first have to lock the mirror up, compose your shot, then drop the mirror back down. Using the eye-level finder also blocks out the bright light that makes the LCD difficult to use in sunlight. Hope this helps answer your question.