Nikkor Lenses: Nikon to Canon Adapter for DSLR Video

There is a wonderful world of manual lenses out there. This guide is dedicated to using Nikkor lenses on Canon, and other camera mounts. Using a Nikon to Canon adapter you can bring these incredible lenses back to life.

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UPDATE: Disregard the use of paper to tighten the lens adapter to the lens. There are actually small slits on each of the 3 lips that you can widen to tighten the lens adapter. Better yet, check out the Redrock Micro Nikon to EOS adapter which uses 3 screws to adjust play.

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Here is what we will be covering:

  1. [1:45] Different Types of Nikkor Lenses (NON-AI, AI, and AIS)
  2. [5:25] How to Adapter the Nikon Mount to Canon and Others
  3. [9:49] Why Use Manual Nikkors?
  4. [12:50] Where to Buy Nikkor Lenses
  5. [14:20] How to Customize These Lenses for Video

Links and Notes:

  • Nikon compatibility chart I mention in the video can be found here.
  • KEH.com for lenses. Remember EX is the best but if you need to save money and don’t mind a slightly more used lens then the BGN rating will get the price down a little farther. My own rule is if I am spending more than $300 on the lens I get EX or EX+. I’d hate to buy a 50mm F1.2 for $500 at the BGN level and have it be in bad shape.
  • Here is a list of the AIS lenses I have bought from KEH:
  • 28mm F2, 35mm F2, 50mm F1.4, 85mm F2, 100mm F2.8.
  • You might want to check out this article on spotting the difference between NON-AI, AI, and AIS if you do a lot of garage sale or craigslist shopping.

Gear Mention in this video:

Nikon to Canon Adatper
Canon Rear Cap
52-77mm Step-up Ring
Front Lens Cap

Also check out the lens gears from WideOpenCamera.com.

Do you have any tips for adapter Nikkors to different camera mounts?