Nikon body questions

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Chris Eller, Oct 13, 2003.

  1. Chris Eller

    Chris Eller Guest

    Greetings all.

    I hope this is a simple question. I have access now to several lenses
    that are a mixture of AF and MF (non-CPU) types. I have an N60 (F60) body
    that does the job for the most part (very much a hobbyist).

    Now, the N60 doesn't appear to be able to meter through a non-CPU lens; it
    does fine with the CPU lenses on all settings from Auto to M. Of course
    with the older non-CPU lenses I have to roll over to M, but I also loose

    So, I guess I'm asking if there is a body out there that can meter and
    better handle the peculiarities of using both CPU and non-CPU lenses; N90,
    F100, etc?? I know the full manual bodies like the FM2 will handle most
    every lens (not the G series) and I'm comfortable with a FM2; however, as
    my wife and friends may have to take a few shots at times, I'd like to
    stick with a body that has more automation as an option.

    Any thoughts out there? Specific example of lens that gives me the
    metering problem is a recently aquired 500mm/8 reflex. Working with the
    fixed f/8 and not having a meter is a bit of an adventure, but the first
    roll I shot came out not too badly.

    Of course, I can probably keep the N60 and get a meter, but having more
    equipment is mot a move towards keeping it as simple as possible for use
    by people other than me.

    Thank you all in advance!

    Chris Eller, Oct 13, 2003
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    Max Perl Guest

    I am quite sure the N90 is compatible with AI/AIS lenses and 100% you can
    then on a F100 but matrix metering will not work....only center weighted
    metering is
    possible....and spot. Same on F5. But the F4 can do matrix metering with
    AI/AIS lenses.
    But not AI'ed lenses. So a F4 is a possibility?......nice camera and rather
    cheap these
    As far I have heard....the D2H can do matrix metering with AIS lenses. That
    is a step in
    the right direction.

    Max Perl, Oct 13, 2003
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    Lourens Smak Guest

    The F70 is similar to the F60 and does meter with "old" lenses. The only
    thing you lose is matrix-metering; spot and average metering work. (same
    with F90 I think)

    The body that does it all is the F4, but that's maybe a bit too much for's quite a step up from the F60. It's one of the few bodies that
    offers matrix-metering will all lenses.

    The F70 is relatively cheap 2nd-hand because it has an unconventional
    user-interface. But, it works surprisingly well for some people. It's
    design makes it easy to switch from let's say, A-mode with
    matrix-metering, to M with spotmetering, and back.

    Lourens Smak, Oct 13, 2003
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    jriegle Guest

    You may want to save and get a F100. Why? For compatibility with the new and
    the old lenses. If you get an older camera that is AF, it wont be compatible
    with Nikon's VR. You may want a VR lens some day.
    jriegle, Oct 13, 2003
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