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#1 Joshua Dannais

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Posted 30 May 2007 - 03:13 PM

Will any Nikon lens fit on an NPR? I want to get a wide angle lens to use on an NPR, but are there only certain Nikon lenses that will mount to the NPR, if so which are they?

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#2 Scott Bryant

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Posted 30 May 2007 - 03:56 PM

Well i think you would need a mount conversion (its something like nikon f to the CA or C-mount) and you would need a completely manual nikon lens which you control the aperture and focusing. I haven't ever heard of Nikons fitting directly onto the npr.
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#3 Ian Marks

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Posted 30 May 2007 - 04:11 PM

Of course you can use Nikon lenses on an NPR. The NPR has a two lens turret, with a CA-1 (Eclair) bayonet on one and a C-mount on the other. Buy yourself an inexpensive C-to-Nikon mount adapter, put your manual focus Nikkor lens on, and your're good to go.

However, a wide-angle Nikon mount lens for your camera doesn't really make sense, other than (possibly) the Russian 8mm Peleng, which is really a circular fisheye lens for 35mm stills photography and is a real compromise for cine use (slow, hard to filter, and lots of barrel distortion).

You have a very versatile camera as far as lenses are concerned. You can buy a wide angle cine lens in a CA-1 mount and use that, or pick up a CA-1 to Arri (standard or bayonet, your choice) adapter, and use one of the many excellent wide angles in an arri mount (Zeiss, Schneider, Kinoptik, Optar, whatever). OR, buy a nice wide angle in a C-mount and use that. No point in bothering with Nikon mount lenses below about 24mm, IMHO.
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#4 Joshua Dannais

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Posted 31 May 2007 - 03:46 PM

Thanks for all the great advise...I'm going to look into all the options a little more.
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Posted 31 May 2007 - 03:54 PM

sorry, I forgot to ask if someone can briefly explain the difference between a C mount and a CA-1 mount.

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#6 chuck colburn

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Posted 31 May 2007 - 03:59 PM

http://members.aol.c...r16mm/specs.htm
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#7 Joshua Dannais

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Posted 31 May 2007 - 06:18 PM

thanks for the link
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