D40 with older lenses?

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  1. ecnal

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    I have a couple older lenses from my FM2 film SLR. It's fully manual, as are the lenses. Any chance there's any way to use them with a D40, or am I screwed?

    I know that I would have to control everything, it's fine. Fun for learning/experimenting. But all my D40 says is 'No lens attached!'.

    I'm sad. :(
     
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    Have to switch it over to manual mode, along with manual focus as well.

    Should work!
     
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    Yes the older lenses will work. You need to turn that little dial to 'M' to use it in the manual mode. I have a D40 and regularly use the 30 year old f/1.8 50mm that my parents gave me.
     
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    +1 to the above posts. I've used an old 55mm 1.2 on my old D40. Works fine in Manual mode.
     
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    BTW, "manual mode" should be "manual exposure mode".

    Also, unlike using manual exposure with your AF-s kit lens on the D40, when you use older AI and AI-s Nikkor (e.g. those that were in use when the FM2 was current) there is not metering at all. You will have to find some other way to determine exposure.
     
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    Thanks guys. Not sure why I didn't think to put it in M. The lens still takes some nice pictures, however it's the kind that has the slider to zoom/focus and that has a life of its own when the camera's at an angle. Ohwell!
     

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