Switch old AF metal mount onto lens that has plastic mount?

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by elyone, Mar 1, 2008.

  1. Can I take off a metal mount from a lens that I cant even sell on ebay or KEH
    (my old N70 kit lens, AF 35-80) and put it on my 50-200VR? (See I do switch lens
    a lot...)

    From a cursory look, it seems as though all the little screws are in the same
    place, except for one that the metal has that the plastic does NOT. But I am
    probably missing something, right??
  2. And why would you want to do this?

    You will void your warranty.
  3. "But I am probably missing something, right??"

    Probably. Usually each mount has other features that are unique to each lens, particularly in the spring mechanism and levers for the aperture stopdown mechanism. These are usually attached directly to the mount ring, and may not be interchangeable.
  4. My Mama told me I should never to try to make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. I pass the
    advice on to you, Avi.
  5. Why disable the VR capability, rather than selling the VR lens you do not want, or so I assume?

    In fact, you may be able to take off the metal lens mount, YES; but putting it onto the VR lens may not be easy and likely even impossible.

    Why not wash the car in your idle time or take pics instead?
  6. I've had a 55-200VR since they first were released and can't even imagine how many times it's been on and off my cameras. So far, I see absolutely no appreciable wear on the plastic mount. There is indeed a bit of scuffing, but nothing that would make me stay up nights worrying.

    Other than for fear of wearing out the plastic mount, why would you want to do this?

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