I’ve bought a used Nikon AF 28mm f/2.8D, but it doesn’t seem to be com­pat­i­ble with my D600, as the viewfinder dis­plays an fEE er­ror

Ken Stu­art, via email

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Ja­son says… Un­like mod­ern G-type lenses, older D-type lenses fea­ture an aper­ture con­trol ring. When used with dig­i­tal SLRs, you need to set the aper­ture ring to its nar­row­est value, typ­i­cally marked in or­ange. Com­mu­ni­ca­tion is then en­abled with the cam­era, so the lens works prop­erly in PASM shoot­ing modes and scene modes. The aper­ture re­mains wide open for bright view­ing through the viewfinder, but is stopped down to the cor­rect value by the cam­era im­me­di­ately prior to the shut­ter open­ing.

If you ad­just the aper­ture ring on the lens to any­thing other than its nar­row­est set­ting, you’ll see the fEE er­ror mes­sage and won’t be able to re­lease the shut­ter. In purely man­ual lenses (not Nikon AF-D lenses), you can re­duce the aper­ture us­ing the lens’s aper­ture ring, and the me­ter­ing sys­tem works ac­cord­ingly, en­abling cor­rect ex­po­sures, al­beit with a dark­ened viewfinder im­age.

You’ll no­tice a small safety lock switch with an or­ange marker, which can be en­gaged to lock the lens to it nar­row­est aper­ture

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