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Now another popular mount is a Nikon F mount, as the name implies this is the type of mount used on Nikon Still and DSLR video cameras. It's a amount that's been around for a long time, so if you're coming from a photo background or if one of your parents shot a lot of stills on a Nikon camera in the 70s or 80s, there's a decent chance that you have some old Nikon glass around, that could be used on F-Mount cameras of today. And not just F-Mount cameras, if you get an adapter mount, you can use it on a bunch of other types of cameras, just like this Canon 7D right here.
The Nikon F-mounts look a little similar to PL-mounts, only they have three phalanges instead of four. The phalanges are these little clover leaf designs. I like to think of them as the Nikon F-mount being a three-leaf clover. And the PL-mounts as four-leaf clovers, because you're lucky if you have the budget to afford a set of PL-mount lenses. Some of the most common video capable DSLRs that use Nikon F-mounts are the Nikon D90, Nikon D800, and the Nikon D4 cameras. But it seems like there are new Nikon video models dropping every month.
So this is, by no means, a complete list. Similar to the Canon EFS lenses, Nikon F-mounts are a good versatile and affordable option, and there are a lot of used Nikon lenses on the market so check around on eBay. So Nikon F-mounts are yet another good option for indie film makers on a budget.
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