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: 422, on the topic: Dandelion Lushnikova for Nikon

  • Alexander

    Does it make sense to use a “dandelion” with Geleos 40-2 on Nikon D600? If the focus trap does not work there, then how can “dandelion” help with this at all?

    • Andrey Kuryanov

      On the D600, the dandelion trap works, sound confirmation also works, focus point selection works, the flash in TTL mode works. Checked personally.

  • Andrey Kuryanov

    Attention to everyone who wants to buy Dandelion in Ukraine and in other countries.
    Since November 1, 2014 all dandelions and adapters are located in the city of Mukachevo, Transcarpathian region, Ukraine.
    The ability to send to any settlement in Ukraine through UkrPoshta and New Mail has been fully restored. So, I send to any other countries by international mail.
    For ordering dandelions, adapters with Lushnikov dandelion and manual lenses, please contact: oduvan1969@gmail.com
    The price of dandelions and dandelion adapters with me, as always, is lower than that of any “competitor”, pre-sale service and technical support for my customers is carried out in full.

  • Paul

    For self-stickers, I recommend buying online from the site http://store.tagotech.com/index.php?currency=USD&cPath=22_80&sort=3a
    they provide a warranty on the chips. chip price for nikon 25 Dollars !!! The chips are fully programmable and work perfectly. I took it in this store but only through Ebay. Since Andrei did not grow together due to payment. Tagotech supports almost all possible methods of Internet payment (European), so I recommend it to those from Europe.

  • Vladimir

    Arkady, please clarify all the same the moment with programming the focal subject to crop. Sorry, but after reading the article and comments to the unequivocal conclusion did not come. In one comment you write that you programmed taking into account crop, and in another you suggested leaving the FR of the lens excluding crop. My case is an Arsat H 1: 2 50 mm lens. Camera Nikon D5200. What is all the same focal programming 50 mm or 75 mm ??? Thank you in advance and apologize if I still missed something.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      something you missed, you need to set 50 mm

      • Vladimir

        Thank you.

  • Vlad

    Hello Arkady and forum users!
    I faced such a situation. The chips are glued to two komura lenses, I wear them on fuji s3 and Nikon d200, everything works as promised by the manufacturer, I wear them on Nikon d3, I can't see them, and therefore there is no possibility of chip settings and there is no focus confirmation sound ... be wrong, tell me pliz ...

  • Eugene

    If you have a manual lens with a blinking aperture, like the old Nikon AI-S, AI, Non-Ai, Pre-AI lenses, you can make it so that you can control the aperture from the camera itself. This is generally a wonderful feature that is not available even in older Nikon cameras, unless you use Lushnikov Dandelion. Actually, I’ll explain that it will be possible to set the aperture in the camera, as for a regular Nikon aft-focus lens. (C)

    I can’t understand how it will be implemented with the lens?
    Should the number 16 be constantly on the lens then? If it will be 2, and in fotik I will put 8, then how will it work up to 8?
    D3100

    • Eugene

      Already figured out, Google helped.

  • Vlad

    Who ordered from anyone in Ukraine? Share info, plz. Except Kuryanov.

  • Novel

    tell me where you can buy Dandelion Lushnikova for Nikon please give a link

  • Uchqun

    Hello! Arkady. I have a Nicot D40x aparot from my match from the beginning the match works 1 time then it doesn’t work. If you know help me. In dubovich matches works well, what can I do?

  • anonym

    Hello, tell me, please, on a Nikon D5100 and a Jupiter 37-A lens, is it better to purchase an M42 or KP-A / N adapter ??

    • Alexey

      KP-A / N

  • Dmitriy

    Could the adapter with a non-reprogrammable chip be the cause of back focus? How to understand what mows, if the lens and the carcass are only one?

  • anonym

    Hello!
    Tell me, please, which adapter is needed for Nikon d5100 for the Helios 44-3 lens? Thank you in advance!

  • tatiana

    And another lamer question, but I still can't find the answer to it (Does Lushnikov's dandelion give the ability to focus to infinity? Nikon D7100 carcass. As I understand it, Canon, Sonya and Pentax have no such problem with M42 ... I don’t want to because of the loss of quality, I’m looking for a solution with the ability to focus to infinity for Nikon ... Thank you very much for your answer!

    • Jury

      Dandelion and focus on infinity are not connected in any way. You can achieve infinity focus in Nikon with the M42 lens: by remaking the lens, remaking the lensless adapter, using the lens adapter.

      • tatiana

        Thank you, so I understood everything correctly (It's better to immediately sprinkle ashes on my head or change the brand of the camera, I don’t know which is easier ... there are no craftsmen in Europe who saw through Primoplans and Oristons ((and I was very fond of them ...

    • Lynx

      Nikon's dandelion gives auto-exposure, but “focus confirmation” works with any lens.
      Canon has - on the contrary - auto exposure with any lens, and focus confirmation only with a chip.
      .........
      if the lenses are with M42, then either an adapter with a chip or redo the lens.

      • tatiana

        Thanks for the feedback! And the canons, sony and pentax have no problems with infinity, did I also understand that correctly? The simplest adapter and is that enough?

        • Lynx

          Yes, and Nikon does not, if you do not put all the garbage of Soviet glasses in a row. )))
          Jupiter 37, perhaps the only thing that is worth putting on them is Nikon, and it has no problems with infinity.
          ……
          Sony and Canon do not, Pentax I do not know.
          .....
          but the lenses you indicated in general may turn out to be rangefinder, and not mirror-like, and then there will be no infinity on either Nikon or Canon. only macro))))

          • tatiana

            Oriston and Primoplan is German optics, Meyer Optik Görlitz, 50 and 58 mm, I talked about them. Nikon just has problems with infinity (From the Soviet I put Helios 81-N, I would not call it garbage, it's a good lens. :)

            • Lynx

              without perepilki they will not rise to infinity.
              Whether it's worth cutting good objectives for the sake of it - I'm not sure.

        • Igor

          Pentax is considered the most friendly to manual glasses. You don’t need a chip, you need an adapter ring. Only they are different, so that there is infinity, you just need to look for a ring that is inserted into the camera mount and do not protrude outside. If there is a skirt with a larger diameter, then they protrude about 1 mm (the width of that pancake skirt) and infinity is lost. And like your Helios 81N, I modified it a little and it is inserted into my Pentax with infinity without an adapter.

          • tatiana

            Yes, I already found information about Pentax) you are lucky that there are no difficulties with the M42 :-) After Helios and examples of photos on old optics, I realized that I would not calm down until I tried a lot of it. And to buy several good lenses and use them only 2 meters of focusing on Nikon ... Therefore, I am throwing around, while I see the option of buying a Sony mirrorless camera specifically for old lenses. Although the plans were to buy a full frame of Nikon ...

            • Igor

              Sony’s mirrorless camera would probably be a good choice. I myself still hold the Olympus mirrorless. Pentax chose considering the possibilities of working with manual optics, but there is still a car of pluses. Now I’m switching to K5iis and selling the K50 slowly, although its potential is enough. I wish you success in choosing!

              • tatiana

                Thank you very much for your wish! I really like Olympus, but their matrix size is even smaller than the standard crop, that is, the focal size will not increase by one and a half, but twice with the old optics, so I tend to Sony .... And I got used to the weight of my Nikon, and the lightness and compactness of mirrorless cameras even scare a little) And where can you see your photos? :)

            • Igor

              I will answer above because, already further, the blog engine does not support increasing the depth of answers.
              I think you are on the right track: Sony mirrorless. I bought Olympus for a long time. Compactness is definitely useful, it is often convenient. True, often with manual glasses, compactness is lost due to the size of the adapters. Rangefinder lenses are usually more compact and adapters to them are small. I also reworked a couple of lenses from movie cameras: excellent result and dimensions. I expose my photos in few places, I do not consider myself a master, I study ...
              Good luck and good staff!

              • tatiana

                I will unsubscribe :)) I ordered your K-50 yesterday plus an adapter ring, I look forward to it :) Of course, I wanted K-3, but two top crop (plus the existing Nikon D7100) does not work out at all) I decided not to use mirrorless cameras contact, rely on Sony’s fastest autofocus with old manual glasses, there wouldn’t be a charge, there’s enough charge for a hundred frames, the applications in the camera to improve the picture look more like a player, not a camera) so here :)

            • Igor

              Again, I will unsubscribe above, since there is no possibility below. Congratulations, I wish you good shots. If in AV mode, then usually you need to set the exposure compensation to about +1,5 EV. If the lens has an unpainted skirt at the end (so that the contacts are short), then the exposure can still be measured with the “green button”. You will get 2 DSLRs. I keep my blindfold because of its compactness and the ability to use rangefinder optics. Good luck to you!

              • tatiana

                Thank you very much for your valuable advice! Yes, I shoot mostly on AV, so I'll take it into account. While I am reading the thread dedicated to K-50 at the Penta Club, I see that Nikon does not have many settings at all, everything is different, but I hope to figure it out. I will also ask, is the sound confirmation of autofocus with old lenses a naive dream? (this is already offtopic, Lushnikov's dandelion and Pentax are not connected in any way)
                And yes, it turns out two SLRs from different systems are not rational at all. :)

            • Igor

              Sound confirmation will be. Really gone from the topic, it is necessary to minimize our topic here. There are a lot of topics at the Pentaclub, a lot of things have been chewed up, I am there too, but there are many more advanced ones that are whiter than me, so someone will answer questions, do not be shy. All the best!

    • Lynx

      *amendment:
      if you use lenses with M42, then the chip does not take on infinity.
      You need to use either an adapter with a lens. or to saw through the lens, not everyone will succeed

  • Elena

    Hello! I have a Nikon 3100, I bought a manual lens, I used it fine, and now the window “Lock the lens at the smallest relative aperture using the manual ring has come out. aperture selection (max. f / number). ”and I don’t know what to do. How to remove it, what to do? I used it for a month before, there were no problems. Thank you

    • Nikita

      You accidentally moved the aperture ring on the lens. Put it on the highest number. 16 or 22, how many you have ... Then everything will work.

    • BB

      Or switch the device to the 'M' mode

  • Vladimir

    Good day. I have Nikon D40 + Helios 44-2, I want to put a dandelion on this lens. Because with sharpness through the viewfinder, I smear in 70% of cases, especially if God forbid to put F-2,0. My Helios focuses to infinity without any lenses, it’s just an ordinary M42-NikonF adapter, I think something was done inside the lens, since I bought it already with infinity for Nikon. QUESTION: Does the presence of a dandelion on the adapter, the inability to focus indefinitely not affect in any way? I just don’t fully understand exactly how this focusing problem is solved on helios. thanks

    • KalekseyG

      It will not have any effect on infinity. And focusing is much more convenient, plus software adjustment gives awesome accuracy. The main thing is that your infinity was not due to twisting the rear lenses, otherwise people like to do this from laziness.

    • BB

      In general, it is more reliable to use LV, then without Lushnikov's norms., Though the battery eats heavily.

      • Vladimir

        So it is so. But unfortunately there is no LiveViev on Nikon D40, so it's just a dandelion ...

  • Vladimir

    I think I still changed the adjustment ring to a thinner one, because the aperture ring is tight. As I understood from the video, it starts to jam if you put a ring too thin or even remove it.

  • anonym

    I read that Chinese clones of "dandelions" often have shoals and other disadvantages.
    Is this really so? And where then can you buy real original ones?

    And a question for Arkady: in the conclusions you wrote that this is a cool thing, but you do not use it yourself.
    Why? Any minuses?

    • KalekseyG

      There are no Chinese clones, it is the Chinese who buy large quantities from Lushnikov. Buy from him on the website. Arkady AF has lenses, and the carcasses of the profes - they all ground themselves and they don't need a chip. And in general, it's a cool thing for old Nikono lenses - they turn out like relatives with disabled AF

    • anonym

      I will try to answer for Arkady! Arkady just has his hand full, as they say, and he just doesn’t need a dandelion, he quickly selects shutter speed by eye and also focuses well on the eye!

      • Oleg

        And so it often misses the eye when focusing and part of the photos goes to the trash. It is quite common. There is an option for focusing through the lav view with the loop function. Well, an excerpt? You take a test shot and select the desired shutter speed. I read a lot that dandelion often misses

        • KalekseyG

          I photographed a lot - the dandelion does not miss

      • KalekseyG

        Arkady wrote here not so long ago that he doesn’t have manual lenses at all, why does he need a dandelion?

  • anonym

    But what about many complaints about “dandelions” bought on Aliexpress if they buy from Lushnikov?
    It turns out that the Chinese still make their clones.

    And by the way, I'm sorry, but I don’t really believe that the Chinese are buying from Lushnikov.
    Rather, he buys from them, place an order with them, because, as you know, he does not have his own production in Russia, so he invents it in Russia, but makes it all the same in China.

    Even the famous Russian microprocessor "Elbrus", such as the pride of Russia, is still made in China.

  • Valery

    Good day! I decided to add a "couple" of my thoughts about dandelion !!! The invention is really ingenious, thanks to V. Lushnikov! But the service is simply disgusting. I have a lot of questions at once 1. Why can't an inventor sell his chips on ebay himself? Then intermediaries like Andrey wouldn't appear speculating with their mega knowledge. If Lushnikov sells his chips and answers the questions briefly and unambiguously, like, read the instructions, everything is written there, and if the chip does not work, then you are just doing something wrong! everything will be described in detail from A to Z! Why should I guess that the chip cannot be leaned against for testing without a lens and it can burn out? Where is it written that in order to enter the programming mode by 3 shots with exposures 1s 5s and 1s, you must first turn off the preliminary viewing photos? Where is it written in order to take a picture at a shutter speed of 1s or 5s, first you need to focus, otherwise the picture will not be? Why can not you write that the aperture on the camera always remains the same as it was programmed if the lens is without a jumper! WHY should buyers search all the internet, YouTube to finally customize their purchased chip? And what kind of nonsense, such as a denial of a guarantee, if the chip is not pasted by Lushnikov or Kuryanov? For example, I put my $ 200 lens in a box and send it to these gentlemen, I pay a lot of money for shipping, I risk not seeing my lens anymore! Why such difficulties? I agree with one Internet user who wrote that this is done specifically to mislead people and the subsequent speculation with knowledge and additional earnings! This product is imposed in one way or another !!! I live in Europe and if I buy a product via the Internet without seeing or feeling it and not being able to check its working capacity - I must have detailed instructions on how it works and how it works in the case of a chip program! In the courtyard of the 21st century, you can shoot a detailed video and post it on the Internet - where it will be shown and told how and what to do and what not to do so as not to lose the guarantee! I would like it to be read by V. Lushnikov and a brilliant master with a bunch of unpaid secrets on the sticker and dandelion programming A. Kuryanov. I wrote a lot but still again about the main thing! I would very much like the chip to be sold on ebay by Lushnikov himself at a reasonable price, and not through second third hands for 30 euros or more! I would like more detailed instructions and a video about the sticker and programming! And of course, more culture of communication with customers! The invention is really worthwhile, and if the inventor sells it, then he should be interested in asking him less and less questions and the number of sales becoming more and more! Thanks for the invention to V. Lushnikov!

    • KalekseyG

      Use live view and don't fool yourself if you don't want to think, look for information and are afraid that you are being deceived everywhere. And about the guarantee - did you hold the chip in your hands? to break it as nefig zafig, so there is no guarantee.

    • Maxim Glier

      Touches the word "must" in your petition)))
      The dandelion is essentially a "pirate" device. I don't know if it's patented or not, but anyway, it's just a trick for the camera.
      And to demand something else from the inventor of this useful little thing besides its invention is ridiculous.
      Do you want - take on all the distribution and logistics of the dandelion, as from Kuryanov, what is in the way? You will, I feel, then be rude to everyone around you. for the amusement of adequate amateur photographers.

  • anonym

    where does live view? the chip is needed to get exposure metering and pseudo-autofocus ...

  • Petro

    above everything is correctly said - you need to describe everything in detail .... in some countries in the instructions for the microwave they write that it is impossible to dry animals in it - cats for example ... then there were cases!

  • anonym

    Tell me !!!! Did anyone come across defective dandelions? When Sticking correctly on the camera, the inscription- The lens is not attached!

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Most likely not quite correct gluing. Perhaps not compatible with new cameras.

    • KalekseyG

      On my nikon 50 / 1.4 is strange. 5200, 3100 is working. d40 no

  • anonym

    Thanks for the answers! Especially to Arkady himself! You are doing a wonderful job! Nikon D3200 ordered the camera for Tair 11A to paste it on the KP-A / N adapter; it’s not possible to stick it correctly according to my first education, I’m a turner and believe me I’ve done more complicated things in life than a dandelion sticker! The lens is not attached! He wrote to the seller about the problem and he sent me another one! The second turned out to be a worker — pasted as well as the first one according to the pattern! I liked everything — there are no complaints about the dandelion and Lushnikov! And the devil jerked me to order one more for Jupiter37A well, so that there was a chip on each lens! I got the third chip already and now again it’s not a task. The camera writes fatal words. THE LENS IS NOT CONNECTED! Therefore, it turns out in my case every second defective!? I note the chip did not connect to the contacts until it was glued-so you can’t do it, it will burn! Has anyone faced a similar situation ??

  • Alexey

    I ask for advice if there is a difference between Lushnikov’s dandelion and this Chinese ???? http://ali.pub/2i8cmn it's just a third cheaper than dandelion! on ebay for a dandelion they ask $ 30 and this $ 20 is true it will have to be removed from the transition ring!

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Ask this one from Lushnikov and his office. representatives :)

  • Alexey

    Thanks! I figured it out myself ... the non-programmable chip is programmed for the 2.8 50mm lens, therefore, it is sold already glued to the ring and is already designed for a certain flange distance for lenses with M42 thread. Therefore, there are no alternatives only Lushnikov's dandelion

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