That's a reoccuring myth. I'm not sure how the Canon cameras get along with pre-EOS lenses but my D-300 works quite nicely with the manual lenses I have. Beginning with the D200 / D2 on all pro / semi-pro models you just need to set the widest aperture in the camera's settings and you'll have the right info for exposure/aperture in the EXIF info and also automatic exposure works as expected (e.g. comparing to how it works on a F3).
Auto exposure is highly overrated btw ;-)
--- In PanoToolsNG@yahoogroups.com, "prague" wrote:
> this is only because nikon cameras are "dumb" in this particular way - they can't just use auto exposure with any kind of manual lens (the way canon cameras can), right? :)
> --- In PanoToolsNG@yahoogroups.com, "panovrx" <panovrx@> wrote:
> > http://www.dpreview.com/news/2011/11/25/samyang8nikon