Nikon Compatibility question

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by jamezynj, Oct 2, 2008.

  1. jamezynj

    jamezynj Guest

    I have a Nikon zoom AF-Nikkor 80-400mm 1:4.5-5.6D that works fine on
    my Nikon D50.

    I won a Nikon D-60 and the lens will not work in AF mode on it. I
    tried to change the mode to AF on the D60, but it says "This option is
    not available with current settings." Any help getting it to work
    appreciated.

    Thanks
     
    jamezynj, Oct 2, 2008
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    Peter Guest


    Try posting your question here:
    http://www.flickr.com/groups/d40slr/

    You might also want to try Nikon technical support.

    HTH
     
    Peter, Oct 2, 2008
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    ~Echo, Oct 2, 2008
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  4. Maybe I'm thinking too simply, here, but wouldn't this likely be because
    the lens does not have a focus motor, as the D60 requires for AF?
     
    Blinky the Shark, Oct 3, 2008
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    Joel Guest

    I don't own Nikon but I read the man mentions "Nikon D60" then I am pretty
    sure he means the Nikon D60 *not* the lens. Because if it's the lens then
    the AF shouldn't work with other Nikon body.

    I am making a wild guess here.

    - In order to have AF feature and other, the BODY will have to have the PIN
    (electronic connector) in order to turn the LENS

    - Then the lens will have to have the PIN as well.

    So, if the lens has the PINS but the D60 doesn't then there won't be AF.
    If the D60 has the PINs but the lens doesn't then there is no AF for D60 and
    no AF for *all* Nikon bodies.
     
    Joel, Oct 3, 2008
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  6. May I simplify?

    His D60 body: AF is by electronic sigs to in-lens focus motor.

    His lens: AF is by mechanical drive from camera.
     
    Blinky the Shark, Oct 3, 2008
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    null Guest

    Well strictly speaking it is not the D series that restricts AF on the D60,
    but whether or not it is an AF-S or AF-I lens. Having said that though it
    looks like the only current D lens that is AF-S is the 300mm f/4.

    I'm somewhat POed at Nikon for going to the G lenses, even for macro lenses,
    because that makes them pretty much useless with extension rings and
    bellows.
     
    null, Oct 3, 2008
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  8. But he said the lens worked in AF mode with a D50.
    I may be wrong, but I thought the D50 required the AF motors and drive
    mechanism to be inside the lens, as just like the D40 and D60, it doesn't
    have its own AF motors.
     
    \(used to be\) Fat Sam, Oct 3, 2008
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  9. Ah, I stand corrected in my response to Blinky, less than 10 seconds ago.
    I wish I'd read this before posting it, LOL.
     
    \(used to be\) Fat Sam, Oct 3, 2008
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    Chris H Guest

    Chris H, Oct 3, 2008
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    Joel Guest

    *If* both have the feature but he can't get it to work, then there must be
    either

    - Something is wrong with his D60

    - He may not the option enabled.

    And he is the only one with the right answer.
     
    Joel, Oct 3, 2008
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    Joel Guest

    But at least I can guess, and I bet the OP may find the answer, not?
     
    Joel, Oct 3, 2008
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  13. Yes, he did.
    Yes, you are. The D50 has both autofocus contacts (for in-lens motor) and
    AF drive (mechanical).

    The D40/D40X/D60 don't have the mechanical drive. The one that lens needs.
     
    Blinky the Shark, Oct 3, 2008
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  14. The lens requires in-camera AF motor.

    The D60 only provides AF contacts for in-lens AF motor.

    It's that simple.
    It's not up to him.
    No, anyone who can read the specs for the lens and the camera can have the
    right answer. But I'm tired of repeating it here.
     
    Blinky the Shark, Oct 3, 2008
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  15. He could find it here. It's been stated several times, by more than one
    poster: the D60 can't AF that lens. By design.
     
    Blinky the Shark, Oct 3, 2008
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    Peter Guest


    You may be right. But I am not familiar with the D60, so I suggest to the OP
    another place he might get a reasonable answer.
     
    Peter, Oct 4, 2008
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    Peter Guest

    Peter, Oct 4, 2008
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    Peter Guest

    Peter, Oct 4, 2008
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  19. I am right, and he's received the reasonable and correct answer here
    several times. I was just trying to be gentle and not sound condescending.

    I own a D60; and I'm capable of reading the specs on the lens in question.
     
    Blinky the Shark, Oct 4, 2008
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