I have a Vivitar 75-205mm f/3.8 MC Macro Focusing Zoom Lens with a Minolta MD mount.

Would the Nikon AI Mount from the same lens (Vivitar 75-205mm f/3.8 MC Macro Focusing Zoom Lens Nikon AI Mount) interchange with my lens?

I can purchase the damaged lens (w/ Nikon mount) for $6.00.

Cameras - Nikon D40X and D3200. Lens with MD mount is practically new, still in the box. Lens w/ Nikon mount has aperture issues, damaged l.ens and bent filter ring.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Might be - check if you can get a service manual on one of the usual sites (butkus etc.), some of these lenses are indeed modular in construction.... the 70-210/f3.5 (kino precision) is known to be... \$\endgroup\$ Feb 4, 2019 at 20:16

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The only way to know for certain whether the mounts can be switched is to try. You may even find that the "damaged" lens is perfectly usable as is.

If the lenses are the same model with different mounts, it is likely they share much of the same construction so that the mounts can be switched. However, different mounts often have mechanical linkages that work differently, which could complicate switching them.

If you do try to switch the mounts, the aperture ring will likely have to be switched as well. Take care not to lose any parts, such as the ball bearing that gives the aperture its click.

If you can find service manuals, you may be able to determine whether it is worth the effort.


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