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?'

Conclusion:

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: 417, on the topic: Dandelion Lushnikova for Nikon

  • Very colorful and juicy spring album. So many humpbacks. If it rains and the sky is gray I will know where to go and how to cheer up))

    I really liked the first cover photo. Gorgeous green background - blur the background 100%. And the last photo in the album with the same parameters.

  • Very cute bird in the grass

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Thank you, the album is not so important here, but the fact that it was shot using an upgraded lens. A big spring album is expected in the near future.

  • Denis

    I do not quite understand about the control of the diaphragm, well, he can’t twist the ring on a piece of iron))

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Aperture control on the Nikon system is possible for lenses of the AI ​​standard (if I am not mistaken), such a standard was for a number of lenses from cameras of the Kiev-19 brand, etc. That is, the lenses must have a "jumper", which is shown in the picture in the review ... The jump is controlled by a protrusion in the camera mount. Look at any of your autofocus lenses, the principle is the same.

  • Gryge

    If possible, insert more photo of how the ovanchik-chik-chik is attached ...

    • Arkady Shapoval

      I'll put it in tomorrow. But for a better understanding I will try to explain. The dandelion is simply set according to the template, glued with its base (bottom) to the Kaleinar ring. The main thing is to make a gap of about one millimeter between the dandelion and the back of the Kaleinar edging.

      • Arkady Shapoval

        Feedback from the reader “It may not work neatly, but it works. Attaching photo ( link) you can post it as an example. I haven't even adjusted it. The dandelion diaphragm exposed itself. The focus was set taking into account the crop on the D90 Nikon. I shot a little indoors and later I shoot outdoors. I used the glue first with a gel moment, then fixed it with superglue, second 505, it spread a little liquid. Between the dandelion and the lens circle, I cut out a layer from the used ATM card, bending it a little. "

  • Victor

    Hello!
    I have a NikonD5000. Tell me where to order this flyout with contacts and what is its price? As I understand it will be mainly manual tuning for the object? Where to get a more detailed methodology for the exact installation and programming of this lotion to Kaleinar 5n.
    Yours faithfully,
    Victor

    • Arkady Shapoval

      You can order for Ukraine in the fotofond.com.ua store, you will find out the price on the website. There will only be manual adjustment to the object, since the engine for torsion of the focuser is not included. There is no exact installation procedure, some information is indicated in my article. Information on programming is on the official website of Victor Lushnikov http://filmprocess.ru/nikon_prog.htm

  • Victor

    how to add your photo to your topic.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Uploading photos is currently unavailable.

  • Victor

    If these photos were taken by Kaleinar 5n, then I did not get anything good in them. Sharpness - no. If he really shoots like that, what is his charm?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      This article is not dedicated to Kaleinar-5n, but to Lushnikov’s dandelion mounted on it. Regarding the advantages of Kaleinar-5n read in relevant article.

  • cap

    Where in Ukraine can I find it?

  • Konstantin

    Wow, it’s sickly it turns out 367 UAH dandelion and a lens of 500 UAH = $ 100 I think a little expensive, although I can be mistaken.

  • Why buy from intermediaries, if you can buy from an official representative of Lushnikov, I have one. Type in google Dandelion in Ukraine and immediately get to my page Lushnikov's site.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Nobody forces to buy anywhere. The article is generally about functionality, not commerce.

  • I answered the question that was asked above:
    cap
    September 20th, 2011 at 11:36 pm · Reply
    Where in Ukraine can I find it?

  • Denis

    This dandelion is a wonderful thing! The functionality is excellent, the workmanship is excellent. I use approx. six months. Not a single problem. I glued the dandelion to a homemade staple that fits into the carcass. As a result, I have a D70 with metering on manual lenses. True, I do not advise anyone to repeat - in the process of making the staples (fitting) I collected a pound of dirt on the matrix. And yet - I had to remove the jump ropes from all lenses (I have all the manuals), tk. they caught on my bracket when attaching / removing the lens. In general, it's best to splurge on a few daubles for each lens. The thing is definitely worth it!

  • Of course, it’s better to buy several Oduvans, especially since I give a discount when buying more than 2 pieces.

  • Vladimir

    Tell me, will exposure metering and flash (built-in or Speedlight SB81) in TTL mode work with a dandelion on a Helios 40N MS lens on a Nikon D600 camera?
    Because without a dandelion, there is no metering and the flash (built-in and SB600) only work in manual mode?
    Thank you.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      will, this is written in an article about dandelion Lushnikov.

  • Vladimir

    Thanks. So I will get a dandelion! :)

  • From 25 to 30 December - Dandelion in Ukraine at a promotional price - UAH 250, promotional Dandelions left only 3 pcs.

  • Since the New Year, the price for Dandelion in Ukraine is the same as in Russia, at Viktor Lushnikov's - 1000 Russian rubles at the exchange rate on the day of purchase + delivery cost in Ukraine. Take the opportunity while the ruble exchange rate has dropped to 250 UAH for 1000 rubles!

    • Arkady Shapoval

      thanks for the info)

  • PERETS

    Hello ...
    I understand correctly ... if I have one M42 ring with glued dandelion ... I can use only one lens ??? or you need to re-program each time when you twist the adapter to another lens .... !!?
    Thanks for the answer…!!

    • Arkady Shapoval

      It will be possible to use with any lens. Programming is not necessary, for example, you can set a 1000mm focal length and aperture of 1.4 without worrying about proper exposure metering at all.

  • PERETS

    but the meaning of the dandelion then disappears ... after all, its main function is to show the correct exposure ...
    ??

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Well, the exposure will be correct for any programmed values, so do not worry about it.

  • PERETS

    and ... well then this question is removed ... kokraz this is what I wanted to hear ...
    and also this ... I have Jupiter 37A and Helios 44 ... Jupiter through M42 everything is fine, but Helios is a terrible BEC focus ... if you take a dandelion and adjust the distance under helios ... then Jupiter will not be correct ... right ??

    • Arkady Shapoval

      no not like this. dandelion anyway, confirms the focus of the camera. If possible, then in more detail, which system, camera.

  • PERETS

    camera nikon D90 ...

    • Arkady Shapoval

      then I advise you to program the dandelion into the “manual mode” of focusing so that the beeper does not peep and if there is also back focus on the green point D90, then the problem is in the lens.

  • PERETS

    Well, at the given moment I have a terrible BEK focus without a dandelion just on the green dot ... I thought dandelions would help ... but if I understood you, then it shouldn't be that way, but a defective lens ... ??

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Yes, the problem is in the lens. Live View to help, or pass in the adjustment.

  • PERETS

    I would be happy ... but only in Poltava they don't do this .. at least I can't find where ... it's probably easier to buy a new one ... (((
    Thanks for helping me figure it out ...

  • It’s quite by accident from Poltava. I’m doing this a bit. If everything is fine in the viewfinder and the picture is not in the viewfinder, then this is something incredible or you have described something wrong or I misunderstood something. You can write well882@gmail.com.

  • altavista

    Is it possible to attach Dandelion to a hollow ring, so that it would be possible to use several Soviet lenses with a N mount and not glue a separate Dandelion on each of them? Which ring can I use for this? Thanks.

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