Can a Nikor Film lens work on a Nikon DSLR?

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Neil Jones, Mar 26, 2008.

  1. Neil Jones

    Neil Jones Guest


    For a while now I have only been playing with digital point and shoot
    cameras. I would like to get back to using the SLR camera.

    I have a Nikon 6006 AF camera which was purchased in early 90's. I
    purchased several lenses for the camera. The best of those lenses is
    the Nikon ED AF Nikkor 80-200 F/2.8. Will this lens work on a Nikon DSLR?

    If it does not work with the newer cameras, then what is a good asking
    price to sell this lens?

    Thank you in advance for any information or advice.

    Neil Jones, Mar 26, 2008
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    frederick Guest

    Yes - it is an excellent lens on a Nikon DSLR, with one reservation:
    It won't auto-focus on Nikon D40 and D40x models, or the new D60 -
    budget priced dslrs that don't have a focus motor in the camera body.
    It will auto-focus on D50/70/70s/100/200/300 and all D1 and D2 series
    There are several versions of the AF-D lens, all with the same "optical
    formula", perhaps better coatings on newer versions. Focus speed goes
    from acceptable (older "push-pull") to fast (later "two-ring" version
    with tripod collar). The only better lenses of this type are the 80-200
    AFs (with built in focus motor), and 70-200 VR (image stabilised lens).
    The 80-200 AF-D has outstanding optical quality at 80-135mm @ f2.8,
    average performance (usable, but with some SA/CA) at 200mm f2.8.
    Your other AF lenses should also work with no problem (subject to same
    limitation with AF on D40/40x/60). Manual focus lenses will also work,
    but with some possible limitations depending on camera body. Really old
    "pre-AI" lenses may require often simple "AI conversion" to mount on the
    camera body.
    frederick, Mar 26, 2008
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    Focus Guest

    Eh, you forgot the best Nikon so far: D3 !
    Focus, Mar 26, 2008
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    Frank Arthur Guest

    Neil- you can use the lenses that you used on your Nikon 6006 AF
    with your new Nikon DSLR camera bodies.
    Frank Arthur, Mar 26, 2008
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    frederick Guest

    I did too. I make a conscious effort to try to forget it - it isn't
    worth dying for to buy one (My wife would surely kill me if I did).
    frederick, Mar 26, 2008
  6. A namesake of yours just posted exactly the same question in Please see there for an answer, I am not going to
    retype it here.

    Jürgen Exner, Mar 26, 2008
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    Focus Guest

    Focus, Mar 26, 2008
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    Pudentame Guest

    Should work with at least some of them.

    There's a compatibility chart here:

    Be sure to check the footnotes.
    Pudentame, Mar 27, 2008
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    Tony Polson Guest

    The lens will work on any Nikon DSLR. However, with the D40, D40X or
    D60, all except the last AF-S version of the lens will not offer
    autofocus because those cameras lack the in-body focusing motor and
    rely on the in-lens motor fitted to AF-S lenses.

    Optically, the 80-200mm f/2.8 AF Nikkor is a fine lens. It came in
    four versions. The original version was a "one touch lens" - with
    focusing and zooming on one ring. The second version, the AF Nikkor
    80-200mm f/2.8D, was also a one touch lens. It added the "D" distance
    feature designed to help with flash photography. Look for a "D" after
    the 2.8 on the lens barrel.

    The third version had a revised optical design, separate zoom and
    focusing rings and the "D" feature. The fourth version, which was
    sold simultaneously with the third version and did not replace it, had
    a slightly different optical design, separate zoom and focusing tings,
    the "D" feature and the AF-S "Silent Wave" motor. Only this last
    version will give autofocus on the D40, D40X and D60.

    There is a weakness in the first version (one touch zoom, no "D"
    feature) in that the ribbon cable that joins the in-lens "chip" to the
    contacts in the lens mount is prone to break. Spares are no longer
    available, and the option of using a cable from a lens being broken up
    for spares is not a good one as the ribbon cables are all weak. The
    cable from the outwardly similar one touch "D" lens will not fit.

    I think Nikon probably ordered what they thought were a reasonable
    number of spare ribbon cables but they were used up all too quickly.

    This fault does not affect the one touch "D" version, nor does it
    affect either of the two touch versions.

    The AF Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8 has been replaced by the AF-Nikkor
    70-200mm F2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR. Optically, it improves resolution
    off-axis and performs better at close distances. But these
    improvements are relatively small. The main difference is in the
    addition of the VR feature - vibration reduction.

    If you want to sell your lens, search on eBay for the prices of
    completed items. The used prices of the earliest version are low,
    reflecting the high risk of ribbon cable failure and the inability to
    repair it. Good luck!
    Tony Polson, Mar 27, 2008
  10. AF Nikkors will fit, AF, and meter on dSLR Nikon bodies D80 and above, but
    not meter or AF on the less expensive bodies unless the lenses are "G", "S", or "I"
    (which it is unlikely your lenses are). Bodies below the D200 will not meter with
    non-AF lenses - so it is likely that your lenses will work well on a D80, a very
    nice body. Remember that all your lenses will have a crop factor of 1:1.5, since
    the sensor is smaller than the FF film size. The 80-200 f2.8 Nikkor is a fine lens
    (and I have one for sale, at,
    for an idea of a price for one tested and in really nice condition, if you decide to
    sell [but don't! ;-]).
    David Ruether, Mar 27, 2008
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