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will my lens be compatible with a digital body?

by chloedallas / January 1, 2010 1:25 PM PST

i am an amateurish photographer and i have a nikon n80 with a nikon af 24-85mm 1:2.8-4 D lens (dont judge)(not the one that came with the n80 originally)

im looking to buy a digital SLR body.
how can i tell if my lens will be compatible? do i have to stick to nikon? should i stick to nikon? theres no need to suggest specific lenses (unless you feel so inclined - in which case im looking for something basic with at least 10-12 megapixels)

really, im just wondering how in general i can tell if a lens will be compatible with a digital body (some models online have a tab that says "compatible lenses" but i want to know for all the other cameras out there without a convenient tab)

thanks in advance for any advice!

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yes and no

It'll work on all the current Nikon cameras, but it won't auto focus on the entry level models. It seems to be a decent lens, but it's focal length, on a crop sensor camera, makes it not a good one lens option because of the lack of wide angle.

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entry level?
by chloedallas / January 2, 2010 2:00 AM PST
In reply to: yes and no

what are the entry level models? i definitely want autofocus.

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by kalel33-20416052469708587370302374692233 / January 2, 2010 3:40 AM PST
In reply to: entry level?

The D3000 and D5000. Also, the older D60 and D40 won't AF with the lens.

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