Lushnikov Dandelion for Nikon

Please note that Lushnikov’s dandelion is for Nikon and Canon, as well as for other systems. This review presents exactly Dandelion Lushnikova for Nikon AF.

Lushnikov dandelion for Nikon. Poster.

Lushnikov dandelion for Nikon. Poster.

Lushnikov's dandelion is brilliant invention Russian inventor and amateur photographer Viktor Lushnikov, which gives a second life to manual optics and speeds up the work with manual lenses. The invention is popular even in the West, where it is known under the name 'Dandelion For Nikon By Victor Lushnikov '. A manual lens is a lens without CPU contacts on the lens.

What is so ingenious about it - but the fact that it allows you to make a not quite 'old' one from an old non-autofocus lens. Of course, to make autofocus from a manual lens is a matter only for a photo guru, but it is quite possible to make a pseudo-autofocus.

Example photo on a lens with a dandelion

Example photo on a lens with a dandelion

Let's start with the task:

When using any manual optics in younger Nikon cameras, such as D40, D40x, D50, D60, D70, D70s, D80, D90, D100, D3000, D3100, D3200, D5000, D5100, D5200, D3300, D5300 metering will not work. That is, if the lens does not have a chip for communicating with the camera, then the camera will simply refuse to measure exposure. Due to the lack of metering, it will not be possible to use the camera in any mode other than mode-M. This imposes its limitations on the speed of the photographer. Who has older cameras by type Nikon D200, D300, D2x, D3s, D700, D7000 - so take care of the measurement exposure no reason. True, there is a tendency that the steeper the camera, the less sophisticated a person is in manual lenses, which can be easily replaced with sophisticated autofocus analogs. Attention, old manual lenses really work on younger Nikon cameras only in manual camera control mode.

Example photo on a lens with a dandelion

Example photo on a lens with a dandelion

On junior Nikon cameras will have to determine the metering exposure by eye or by histogram. With experience, you can pretty well guess the shutter speed / aperture / ISO, but with any change in lighting you need to constantly rebuild and “shoot”. For example, the sun went behind the cloud and the shutter speed needs to be adjusted almost twice.

Nikon AF Lushnikov Dandelion allows Nikon cameras to automatically measure exposure.

How he does it? Very simply, he communicates with the camera and the camera thinks that it has a “native” lens with certain data on it.

Example photo on a lens with a dandelion

Example photo on a lens with a dandelion

Data: focal length and aperture can be programmed into a dandelion. This is done very simply according to the instructions. Programming is done by a set of pictures with certain shutter speeds.

As a result, you can program real lens datato be transmitted in EXIF snapshot module. It is really very convenient.

Example photo on a lens with a dandelion Lushnikov

Example photo on a lens with a dandelion Lushnikov

For older cameras, this function is also very convenient, as it allows you to program only a certain number of lenses inside the camera. And programming the lens for each camera is extra time, in contrast to the one-time programming of the dandelion on the lens.

Example photo on a lens with a dandelion Lushnikov

Example photo on a lens with a dandelion Lushnikov

If you have a manual lens with a blinking aperture, like old Nikon lenses AI-S,AI, Non-ai, Pre-ai, then you can make it so that you can control the iris from the camera itself. This is generally a great feature that is not available even in older Nikon camerasif you don't use Lushnikov's Dandelion. Actually, I will explain - set the aperture will be possible in the camera, as for a regular Nikon aft-focus lens. For an example, I will give Kaleinar-5Non which I installed this Dandelion. I performed the installation myself.

For Kaleinar-5n, the dandelion is programmed by setting the maximum and minimum aperture, after which the diaphragm can be controlled from the camera using the control dial. My Nikon D90 works in any mode, even automatic (Auto - green zone).

Example photo on a lens with a dandelion Lushnikov

Example photo on a lens with a dandelion Lushnikov

Another indispensable plus is pseudo-auto focus (focus trap). That is, if you focus in focus mode AF-S and AF-A and press the shutter button completely, the camera will take a picture only when it is confident in the exact focus. Very comfortably - pressed the button and slowly turn the focus ring until the shutter releases. On trial Kaleinar-5n with a dandelion in AF-S mode with automatic selection of the focusing area, there were about 20% misses, in AF-S mode and single-point focusing there were almost no misses.

Also, autofocus mode can be turned off either using the camera or programmatically (as if the switch on the lens itself).

Example photo on a lens with a dandelion Lushnikov

Example photo on a lens with a dandelion Lushnikov

Of course, there are also disadvantages of dandelion:

  1. Not the easiest installation technique. Although it’s easy to cope with.
  2. Measurement Errors exposure when working with auto iris, especially on closed apertures.
  3. Measurement Errors exposure when working with flash. Errors within normal limits even in FP mode.
Dandelion shot with a dandelion

Dandelion shot with a dandelion

There are far fewer drawbacks than opportunities. The article contains photographs taken with matrix metering at the camera Nikon D90 and with an upgraded lens. The photo shows the amendments to exposure of EXIF. Strong correction should be done after closing the aperture at F8.0. This is most likely due to the not completely linear aperture for the MS lens. Kaleinar-5N.

My experience:

I don't use dandelion on either Canon or Nikon cameras. Learning to use old lenses without modifying them on modern Nikon and Canon cameras is as easy as shelling pears. Detailed instructions on using old lenses on any SLR or system camera can be found in the section 'How to use old lenses on modern Nikon cameras?'


Lushnikov Dandelion for Nikon AF allows for all modern digital SLR cameras from Nikon get measured exposure and use the camera at least - in aperture priority, and as a maximum - in any available mode on the mode dial :). For a range of lenses (especially for H mount) It is possible to control the diaphragm directly from the camera. And also we get sound focus confirmation and the ability to take photos only when the lens reaches accurate focus. Still appears possibility of focus adjustment... Lushnikov's Dandelion is a great inexpensive option to upgrade your old lens.

Where to buy?

As strange as it may sound, it is easiest to buy such a chip nowadays on Aliexpress: with a chip without a lens here, with lens and chip here. Why a lens?

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Comments: 426, on the topic: Dandelion Lushnikova for Nikon

  • Alexey

    I want to install a chip on helios 81n, but I could not find where to buy it. Everywhere, including Ali, only adapters with threaded lenses are offered. At least buy an adapter and tear it off ...

    • Andrii

      Right now it costs 601 UAH. But not everyone can google search.

      • Alexey

        Poke. Preferably in the ruble zone (Russian)

        • Andrei

          Excuse me, which zone is it? You have them there ... how is it in Russian ... a lot.

      • Alexey

        Although I found it ... In Oryol. Lushnikov's website costs 1200.

  • Ernie

    Tell me, please, without this chip on manual optics, it will not be possible to turn on the autofocus trap on the Nikon D600? As I understand it, Nikon deliberately bypassed this possibility and the focus confirmation priority does not work on manual lenses?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      yes it won't work

  • Arthur

    What if I have a zoom lens? As far as I understand, the dandelion can only be programmed for 1 focal length. Or is there still a way to program it?

    • B. R. P.


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