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NIKON DSLR lens compatability question

by ajmcb33 / February 14, 2010 3:14 AM PST

I am looking to buy a Nikon DSLR for my wife as a birthday gift and have done some research but cannot find out one critical question. I have a number of existing (and expensive) Nikon 35 mm lenses that I was wondering if I could use with the SLR's body. Can someone out there point me in the right direction?


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go to Nikon website
by Joliet Eddie / February 14, 2010 6:49 AM PST

They have compatibility charts for their lenses and current production cameras.

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They will all work
by kalel33-20416052469708587370302374692233 / February 14, 2010 7:43 AM PST
In reply to: go to Nikon website

But they probably won't autofocus on the D5000 or D3000. Both of those cameras do not have a focusing motor in the body, so it relies on the lens to have a focusing motor. If you want a lens to have autofocus on those then you need to look for AF-S lens.

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Your lenses are probably not the AF-S lense;
by jump1127 / February 14, 2010 4:52 PM PST

therefore, the auto-focusing will not work if you use with Nikon D3000, D5000. So, try something like Nikon D300 or above for a better camera's control.

Nikon D300 or above has some control over the older lenses, such as vignetting and soft edge. I did test 35mm F2 that revealed vignetting on Nikon D70-80, but Nikon D300 and D3S. The old Nikon lenses have more vivid color, but more flare and ghosting when shooting with Nikon DSLR against the light. The new Nano coating lenses have managed this problem far better against the older lenses. Yet, I like the color of older Nikon lenses. Other than that, you must understand that DX DSLR camera will be the plus on the zoom and minus on the wide angle view. Choose well and good luck.

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