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General Brand Lens Mount Adapter - Universal Lens (M42) on Nikon AI Body

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The Nikon AI Body to Universal Lens Adapter allows a "Universal" type screw mount lens (M42) to be mounted onto a Nikon AI 35mm SLR camera.

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3.9

(based on 9 reviews)

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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  • Easy to use (4)

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      3.0

      Servicable but not great

      By NM Photographer

      from Albuquerque, NM

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easily Interchangeable

      Cons

      • Blurry Focus

      Best Uses

        Comments about General Brand Nikon AI Body to Universal Lens Adapter:

        The good news is the fit and finish of the adapter are good and it does focus to ininity with the M42 lenses I have. I have tried three Takumars and a Flektogon with the adapter, all mechanically worked without problems.

        The bad news is the extra glass does reduce the clarity of images. I'm new to Nikon, previously using a system that didn't require a glass adapter. The M42s are definitely softer with the adapter. It is servicable until I get Nikon fit primes but the results are not as nice.

        The adapter is a good stop-gap tool for my needs, but not a long term solution.

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        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Does the job

        By TheAlchemist

        from Somerville, MA

        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyday use

          Comments about General Brand Nikon AI Body to Universal Lens Adapter:

          I have an affinity for old Russian made lenses that used the M42 mount. Unfortunately for Nikon that means that you need an adapter with an optical element in it in order to still be able to focus to infinity. Normally I try to avoid putting extra glass between my subject and the sensor of my camera, but decided to give this a try. I was pleased to see it works great. There is a very slight loss of image quality using this adapter over one without a glass element, however I would gladly trade the almost imperceptible loss of IQ for the ability to still focus to infinity. If you are a fan of old M42/Pentax mount lenses and want to use them on your Nikon, this is worth picking up.

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          3.0

          Gets the job mostly done...

          By Ibycus

          from Pittsburgh PA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

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                Comments about General Brand Nikon AI Body to Universal Lens Adapter:

                I use this product with a Nikon d90 and super takumar 50mm 1.4. I've found that its much better than others I've tried but not perfect. There seems to be an issue with it letting the lens reach infinity focus, just doesn't quite get there but almost, and also when the lens is wide open the focus doesn't seem to correspond to what I see in the viewfinder and it gives the image a really ugly soft blur, thats at 1.4. Other than that the adapter works great. The lens is still very usable, just not at 1.4, and for anyone interested I'd say its the best I've found so far. Almost worth the money but perhaps a little over priced for what it is.

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                5.0

                [...]

                By Major Greg

                from Pound, VA 24279

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                      Comments about General Brand Nikon AI Body to Universal Lens Adapter:

                      After coming back from Afghanastan, my son has decided to take a lot of pictures. He bought a Nikon SLR with video. Before I retired from the Army, I was quite the camera buff with a Pentax. I decided to try to find out if I could get something to make my lens work on his camera and I [...] ordered the part that I needed. [...] my son is now using all of my old (but very good) equipment. Thank you [...]

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                      • Yes

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                      3.0

                      Not exactly what was expected

                      By Camera user

                      from Canada

                      About Me Casual Photographer

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                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Wildlife Photos

                          Comments about General Brand Nikon AI Body to Universal Lens Adapter:

                          Attention, it has an optical element (divergent lens)! looks like plastic...?

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                          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Excellent product

                          By Limitone

                          from Farmington, Utah

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Easy to Use

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery

                            Comments about General Brand Nikon AI Body to Universal Lens Adapter:

                            I have a Soligar 400mm telephoto lens that I've had since the 1970's. Thought it would be useless but this conversion piece allows me to use it on my Nikon D40 and I have taken a few photos for a test with it and it seems to work great. I thought it was kind of pricey initially but it appears well worth the cost.

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                            4.0

                            Works with all the old lenses

                            By Jim the old timer

                            from Milwaukee WI

                            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use

                            Cons

                            • None

                            Best Uses

                            • Everyday use

                            Comments about General Brand Nikon AI Body to Universal Lens Adapter:

                            I have 8 old Pentex screw mount lenses that I couldn't part with. The adapter worked as expected. Everything is manual so using the old lenses on my D-90 is just like the old days. A good product at a reasonable price.

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                            4.0

                            Perfect

                            By Scarsdalephotos

                            from NYC

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                            Pros

                            • The right tool for the jo

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Best outdoors

                              Comments about General Brand Nikon AI Body to Universal Lens Adapter:

                              If you have a bunch of old screw-type Pentax (or other) lenses that you want to use on your Nikon (or other)digital SLR, this adaptor makes it easy to use them.

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                              4.0

                              careful with shorter lenses

                              By vic g

                              from minneapolis MN

                              About Me Semi-Professional

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Easy to Use
                              • Improves Function
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Everyday Use
                                • Traveling

                                Comments about General Brand Nikon AI Body to Universal Lens Adapter:

                                it converts lenses well, stays on well, but i had a problem with its glass element jamming my mirror when focused at infinity with my 50mm 1.4 takumar

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