How to use a Tamron 50th Anniversary 24-135mm macro lens on a Nikon D3100

4 months 1 week ago #684887 by Canth
I was gifted a Tamron 50th Anniversary 24-135mm macro lens and was wondering if there was any way to use adapters to be able to use it on my Nikon D3100.  

Is this possible or am I just dreaming?  Thanks!


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4 months 1 week ago #684888 by Screamin Scott
If it's a Nikon mount, it will mount just fine. With your camera it would need to have a focus motor built into the lens in order to autofocus. If it's some other mount then you are out of luck as Nikon cameras have a long registration distance and an adapter would have to have a lens in the adapter in order to achieve infinity focus and it likely won't be able to autofocus either...

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4 months 1 week ago #684889 by Canth
Thanks for quick reply. I'm somewhat new to this so how do I determine what camera body the lens will fit? It's not a Nikon lens because it doesn't quite fit.


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4 months 1 week ago #684890 by Nikon Shooter
The original box will have the mount it is meant to fit.

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4 months 1 week ago #684891 by Canth
Unfortunately, I don't have the box. Will there be markings on the lens itself?


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4 months 1 week ago #684894 by Nikon Shooter
Being exclusively a Nikon shooter (obviously!)
I don't know much about other brands.

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4 months 1 week ago #684911 by Screamin Scott
Got any images of the lens mount? See this link. It looks like this is a film era lens, meaning even if it was a Nikon mount, it has no built in focus motor and it wouldn't autofocus with your camera...

https://lens-db.com/tamron-sp-af-24-135mm-f35-56-ad-aspherical-macro-290d-2001/

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4 months 1 week ago - 4 months 1 week ago #684914 by garyrhook
Perhaps showing us a photo or two of the lens?

There are very few options for mounting non-F-mount lenses on a Nikon body. M42 works, but not much else, AFAIK.

But yes, show us the lens.

Also: go to the link provided by Scott, above. The lens is rated as "film" era, and came in 4 mounts. A bit of googling shows the Pentax (K mount) and Minolta (A mount) lenses can, with an adapter, be used on Nikon bodies. Manual focus, of course, as stated above.

No Canon lenses of any vintage can be used on a Nikon body.

So: we're back to "show us photos".


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4 months 1 week ago #684926 by Screamin Scott

garyrhook wrote: Perhaps showing us a photo or two of the lens?

There are very few options for mounting non-F-mount lenses on a Nikon body. M42 works, but not much else, AFAIK.

But yes, show us the lens.

Also: go to the link provided by Scott, above. The lens is rated as "film" era, and came in 4 mounts. A bit of googling shows the Pentax (K mount) and Minolta (A mount) lenses can, with an adapter, be used on Nikon bodies. Manual focus, of course, as stated above.

No Canon lenses of any vintage can be used on a Nikon body.

So: we're back to "show us photos".


 There are adapters that will allow the Pentax and Minolta mounts to be used, but a pure mechanical adapter on those will not allow for infinity focus and an optical adapter (with an element to allow for infinity focus) will suffer in IQ. Best to just acquire Nikon F mount lenses rather than try to adapt.... Adapted lenses are more easily used with mirrorless bodies...

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4 months 1 week ago #684999 by Canth
Pictures of the lens should be attached.
Make: NIKON CORPORATION
Model: NIKON D3100
ISO: 360
Aperture: f/5.3
Shutter speed: 1/60 sec
Captured: Thu, 14 May 2020 9:10am
Make: NIKON CORPORATION
Model: NIKON D3100
ISO: 280
Aperture: f/5.3
Shutter speed: 1/60 sec
Captured: Thu, 14 May 2020 13:09pm
Make: NIKON CORPORATION
Model: NIKON D3100
ISO: 400
Aperture: f/5.3
Shutter speed: 1/60 sec
Captured: Thu, 14 May 2020 13:09pm
Make: NIKON CORPORATION
Model: NIKON D3100
ISO: 400
Aperture: f/5.3
Shutter speed: 1/60 sec
Captured: Thu, 14 May 2020 13:09pm
Make: NIKON CORPORATION
Model: NIKON D3100
ISO: 450
Aperture: f/5.3
Shutter speed: 1/60 sec
Captured: Thu, 14 May 2020 13:10pm


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4 months 1 week ago #685002 by Screamin Scott
It appears to be a Pentax mount....

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4 months 1 week ago - 4 months 1 week ago #685006 by garyrhook

Screamin Scott wrote: It appears to be a Pentax mount....


I knew someone would be able to tell.

Which means that an adapter is possible (I found a Fotodiox immediately) for a Nikon DSLR, which will likely provide a serviceable manual lens.

Suggest you look for something modern, and Nikon-centric, in any event.


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4 months 1 week ago #685007 by Screamin Scott
No AF and no metering when using an adapter and if the adapter has no optical element, then no infinity focus. I went that route years ago and stopped as it was too restrictive.. As Gary said, better to look for something newer with a Nikon mount and an in-lens focus motor...

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4 months 1 week ago #685010 by Canth
You guys are amazing.

Is this a Pentax K mount?


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4 months 6 days ago - 4 months 6 days ago #685011 by Screamin Scott
It appears to be due to the protruding aperture follower tab. Minolta mounts have a small cutout on one of the flanges and Canon uses a "breech lock" system IIRC...

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