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Can I use an SLR lens with a Micro Four Thirds camera?

How to tell if your telephoto lens is compatible

Like to use the lens from a digital SLR on a Micro Four Thirds camera? Our Helproom Expert explains how.

QUESTION I'd like to use a Nikon digital SLR telephoto lens with a Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10 Micro Four Thirds camera. Can I simply purchase a lens adaptor? June Spalding

HELPROOM ANSWER Without knowing the specific model of telephoto lens, it's not possible to say with certainty that it will be adaptable to the Micro Four Thirds format. However, the majority of Nikon SLR lenses can be used successfully with a suitable adaptor.

You're unlikely to find comprehensive lists of which lenses work with which adaptors. Your best bet is to approach the manufacturer of the adaptor with your lens specifics or search online forums for someone who has tried the same combo.

Among the Nikon lenses that aren't compatible are the G lenses, which have no aperture ring. The adapted lens will be working in a fully manual mode; the camera won't be able to change the aperture and you'll need to use the ring to adjust it. Other problems may occur if the lens is too deep for the G10's slender body. Note that third-party adaptors are not officially supported by camera makers.

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