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D3100 nikon fitted with a vivitar series 1 lense. i can't

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D3100 nikon fitted with a vivitar series 1 lense. i can't seem to get a picture . just a black screen what am i doing wrong. i have it in manual and am using a tripod long shutter time
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Camera and Video
Expert:  Russell A. replied 5 months ago.

Hi,

The FD/FL mount was mechanical only. There's no electronic communication between the lens and the body as you'd have with a current Nikon lens. You can't autofocus. You have to set the aperture with the lens's aperture ring. Your D3100 cannot meter accurately with this lens. You can't shoot in any modes other than M because the body can't tell the lens what aperture to use.

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Expert:  Russell A. replied 5 months ago.

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