Nikon Zoom-Nikkor 43-86mm 1:3.5 Ai lens – Video Tests

31 Jan

In this episode I do a short set of video samples using the Nikon Zoom-Nikkor 43-86mm 1:3.5 Ai lens. This may be an old lens but it can still shoot some great video when coupled with a modern DSLR! Nikon 43-86mm 1:3.5 Ai Zoom-Nikkor lens: This lens will work great on DX Nikon DSLRs for video or photos in Manual mode (‘M’ on the dial) only with Live view turned on. -soon I will post a video with a trick I found out to get them to work without Live View, comment if you need to know now! Please check your compatibility first! For Canon or other DSLRs, or micro four thirds cameras please look into lens adapters, they are a great option to get some inexpensive older Nikon glass on whatever you shoot with. Adapter to use Nikon lenses on Canon DSLRS: Adapter to use Nikon lenses on Micro Four Thirds: Adapter to use Nikon lenses on Sony NEX E ———Links Amazing site with Nikon lens specs, look-up a lens by serial number range etc. ———Music Retrigger: 8-Bit Ninjas: ———Gear Used: Nikon D5100: Nikon 35mm 1.8G: Rode Videomic: Nikon 43-86mm ƒ3.5 AI Zoom-Nikkor lens: Final Cut Pro X: S01E05


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  1. FromTheRawVideo

    January 31, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    Get a basic body and focus more on lenses!
    As for what camera to get – The new D3200 is a great body for the price! I use a D5100 which I love, a friend of mine has the D7000 which is an awesome body as well.
    Canon T3i and 7D, and Sony NEX7 are great cameras. Canon 5D MKII(I) or Nikon D800 if your loaded!

  2. FromTheRawVideo

    January 31, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    The error message your talking about might be the one with some cheaper memory cards, “Video recording has stopped” it will happen from time to time, always go with SD cards class 10 or above for video.

  3. FromTheRawVideo

    January 31, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    It all depends on the lens you are using, the newer plastic lenses will sometimes click when you get to the end of the zoom range, and on my new 35mm 1.8g you can hear a scraping sound when manual focusing, my mic hasn’t picked it up yet, especially if you use an external mic or field recorder. Older metal lenses have really smooth zoom and focus and make less noise too! I love old lenses – but no auto anything, so it forces you to learn your stuff!

  4. TeflonPimp

    January 31, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    Do nikon cameras make a noise when you zoom in and out? I read some nikon digital slr cameras have a common error message. Please tell me which nikon model would be good.

  5. Lawrence Bezuska

    January 31, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    nice buttons