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I have a Nikon D80 50mm camera with a 52mm Haze filter. I would like to attach some 58mm lenses that I have but not sure which adapters I need. The 58mm lenses have male threads that would attach to the camera body and the camera body (and 52mm filter) has female threads. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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Can you describe the lenses you're trying to mount a little more clearly? –  mattdm Jul 29 '12 at 20:28

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The "52mm" refers only to the size of the filter, and has nothing to do with which lenses you can use on your camera.

Your Nikon D80 will accept (almost) any lens that uses the Nikon F mount (the bayonet mount at the rear of the lens). It will operate best with autofocus lenses (AF or AF-S) lenses having a "D" or a "G" in the model name. (The "D" indicates that the lens transmits focal distance information to the camera for metering purposes; the "G" indicates that the lens is a newer design having no manual aperture ring.) In manual focus mode, you can also use AI-S (automatic aperture indexing, with the aperture controlled from the camera body) and AI (auto-indexing, but the aperture must be set on the lens). Some older lenses will be of a "non-CPU" type (they don't have the electronics to tell the camera what they are and what they're doing), and will require you to do everything manually.

As long as you stick to recent-vintage autofocus lenses made for the Nikon F mount, whether full-frame or "DX" models, you should be able to use all of your camera's features.

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I have a Nikon D80 50mm camera

I think you mean you have a Nikon D80 camera body with a 50mm lens. The Camera isn't 50mm. The measurements you mention are of somewhat unrelated elements.

  • 50mm - this is the focal length
  • 52mm - this is the diameter of the filter mount on the lens.
  • 58mm - It is unclear what you mean, but this could be throat-diameter of 2nd lens.

For completeness sake, I'll mention another camera dimension that is usually measured in mm

  • 35mm - this is the old small-format film-camera size used for popular Film SLRs. It refers to the width of the film. Some DSLR's have a "full-frame" sensor which is equivalent in area to the area exposed on this film by so-called 35mm film cameras. Nikon call this sensor size FX. The D80 has a smaller sensor than this knows as APS-C which Nikon call DX. Nikon's F mount is used for both FX and DX lenses

the camera body (and 52mm filter) has female threads.

The D80 body doesn't have threads in its lens mount, it has lugs.

Bayonet mounts

The Nikon D80 has a bayonet lens-mount not a threaded screw mount. The D80 lens mount is called Nikon-F and has a throat diameter of 44mm.

Canon EOS cameras have a throat diameter of 58mm.

You cannot mount a Canon Lens on a Nikon body using a simple adapter because the Nikon's throat is too narrow and because Canon lenses are designed to be mounted closer to the sensors focal plane than Nikon bodies permit.

Screw mounts

Screw mounts for lenses were used on older film cameras. A popular size was M42. I don't think there was a popular 58 mm screw mount for lenses.

There are adapters for mounting M42 lenses on Nikon bodies but for the reasons given above, they have their own lens elements built ion to compensate for the increased distance between sensor and lens. This makes them more expensive and is likley to degrade the image quality a bit.

Screw mounts are still used to mount filters on the front of lenses. Many smaller Nikon lenses have a 52mm screw thread for filters. This is irrelevant to your problem unless you are reversing the lens for macro work.

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Your question is confusing because you do not say what your 58mm refers to.

If what you have is a Nikon-mount lens with 58mm focal-length then you have to replace the 50mm on the camera. This is what other answers are talking about.

What I suspect is that you do not have a real lens but an accessory optics (like a close-up diopter) and that one has a 58mm thread. Since your lens has a 52mm filter, what you need is a 52mm to 58mm step-up ring. This costs around $10 and replaces the haze filter, giving a 58mm thread to which you attach the accessory optic.

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Thank you all so much for your responses. I'll try to clarify what I have and see if that will help get to the bottom of this (although, I think that Itai might be on to something here!) So I have a Nikon D80 body with a Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm lens with a Tiffen 52 mm Haze-1 filter. I have a few Zeikos and Neewer 58mm Macro and wide angle lenses that I would like to attach, but seem to be way too big to fit onto both the Tiffen filter and Nikkor lens. Does this make sense? Thank you all for your input, I really appreciate it! –  Mowood Jul 30 '12 at 2:25
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Those are not real lenses, they are not designed that to work alone on the camera which is why they have a thread rather than a mount. They are accessory optics and what you need is the step-up ring as indicated in this answer. –  Itai Jul 30 '12 at 2:55

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