Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Attaching a Nikon F AIS lens to Lumix GH1

Nikon F AIS lenses, with an aperture ring, are easy to use on Micro Four Thirds cameras. Adapters are cheap and easy to get. Attaching and removing the adapter and lens is shown in this video, using a Panasonic Lumix GH1 as an example:

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The lens shown in this example is a compact Nikon 50mm f/1.8 AIS. It can easily be used for macro photography as well, when using macro extension rings.


3 comments:

  1. Hello - I am considering upgrading my old Nikon D40 to a GH1 so I can shoot HD video with a DSLR.

    If I use an adapter with a Nikon series E 50mm f/1.8 AIS lens will it auto-focus/auto-meter? Or will I have to control everything manually?

    How do adapted lenses behave when shooting photos vs. when filming video on the GH1?

    Thanks!

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  2. There's no way you can autofocus with a Nikon E-series AIS lens on a GH1. First of all, the lens is manual focus to begin with. Second, no adapter exists which will give you autofocus with legacy lenses. And if such a thing will ever be made, the autofocus will be much too slow to be practically useful.

    You will be able to use automatic metering, though. The E-series lens has an aperture ring, which is useful when using it on a GH1, or another Micro Four Thirds camera.

    I would suggest getting a proper Micro Four Thirds standard lens, which will be much easier to use. Using adapted legacy lenses requires quite a bit of competence and dedication.

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