I am a semi-professional photographer and currently have a Nikon D5300.

I have been given a Vivitar lens: 52mm macro NO. 2011606. Can I purchase an adapter to make this work? If so, which one?

Below is an image of what the rear of the lens looks like. enter image description here

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    I'm no expert but like looks like an F-mount to me. Have you tried it? – Tetsujin Jul 23 '20 at 13:31
  • There are Vivitar to Nikon Adapters like this one: amazon.com/Vivitar-Lens-Adapter-Camera-Nikon/dp/B001U3MELY As I don't own one or a Vivtar Lens, I'm however not sure if it is fully compatible – Jonas Jul 23 '20 at 13:44
  • Vivitar made lenses in a wide variety of mounts, including Nikon F. This appears to be a Nikon F mount lens. Be aware that not all Nikon F-mount lenses have the same functionality with all Nikon F-mount bodies. Your D5300 is designed to use more modern F-mount lenses that have partial electronic communication with the camera body. There's no adapter to give an older F-mount lens that ability. – Michael C Jul 23 '20 at 23:27

That depends on what you mean by "make it work."

Vivitar made lenses in a wide variety of mounts, including Nikon F. This appears to be a Nikon F mount lens.

The lens will mount, but the camera cannot control any aspect of the imaging process because the D5300 does not have meter coupling/aperture indexing nor the ability to input non-cpu lens data.

It will be full manual exposure mode, manual aperture control by the lens ring, manual focus, and sunny 16 rule (or a handheld/secondary meter). There will also be no ability to use TTL flash for macro work. And because of the smaller apertures/reduced light and the new style focusing screen, I suspect manual focus will be quite problematic. Manual focus is always a problem for me (eyesight) and I do not think you will find the in-focus indicator accurate enough for critical/macro work... there is no adaptor that will change any of this.

It may be marginally easier to use with live-view.


That lens appears to have an F-mount, so it doesn’t require an adapter — it’s supposed to mount on Nikon SLRs.

But generally speaking, there are very few cases where you can adapt SLR lenses intended for other mounts to Nikon bodies. The flange focus distance (also called the registration distance) is deeper on Nikon SLRs than most other common 35mm format brands. Mounting a lens too far from the camera’s film or sensor plane prevents the lens from focusing at infinity, or some times even at usefully far distances.

For more on this, please see: Can I use lens brand X on interchangeable lens camera brand Y?

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