Nikon D80 lenses

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by mrb, Dec 2, 2006.

  1. mrb

    mrb Guest

    I have a selection of Nikon AF lenses for my F601 which I believe are
    compatible with the new D80.

    Are there any disadvantages to using them with the D80 (metering,
    auotfocus) compared to lenses specifically made for digital?

    I am thinking of buying the D80, and would like to save some cash if
    possible by getting the body only.

    mrb, Dec 2, 2006
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    Paul Furman Guest

    Just that they all become longer/cropped by 1.5 (.66) so you'll want new
    wider lens(es) also. A 50mm/1.8 needs to be replaced by a 30mm/1.4 Sigma
    and a wide zoom needs to be a 'digital' meaning cropped 12-24mm Tokina,
    or a 17-55/2.8 Nikkor or a slower 18-70mm.
    Paul Furman, Dec 2, 2006
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    Arch (TX) Guest

    I have 5 lenses that I had purchased years ago for my F4 35mm film
    camera. They work fine on my D100 and D200 and on my Son's D80. Try
    your old lenses on the D80 and see how they do before spending more
    for new ones. Just a suggestion.
    Arch (TX), Dec 2, 2006
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    bmoag Guest

    Because of the crop factor your lenses will seem to have a longer focal
    The advantage of this is that the image sensor is centered in the sweet spot
    of the lens so that lens performance may actually seem enhanced.
    The disadvantage is, as noted above, a 28mm lens is no longer a wide angle
    lens but has the effective coverage of a 42mm lens.
    Get the kit 18-70mm zoom though and you are set for most practical uses.
    bmoag, Dec 3, 2006
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    Bill Guest

    The D80 fully supports all Nikkor AF and AF-S series lenses. Older
    lenses will also mount, but may not meter depending on the lense, such
    as AI series.

    Optically there is no image quality difference between older and newer
    As others have mentioned, the only difference between film and digital
    is the field of view crop that you experience with regular lenses on
    the D80. Have a look at this for a visual explanation:

    All your lenses will seem longer, so you may want to consider a wider
    lense at some point, depending on your needs. You can always get it
    later if you're strapped for cash.
    Bill, Dec 3, 2006
  6. mrb

    mrb Guest

    Thanks for the info.

    95% of the time I use a 28-70 zoom, mainly at 28mm, so I doubt it will wide
    enough on the D80. I'll probably go for the kit with the 18-50 zoom - about
    70GBP cheaper than the 18-70 kit.

    Thanks again.

    mrb, Dec 6, 2006
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    Bill Guest

    If you mean the little 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 kit lense, I've used both it
    and 18-70, and the 18-70 is worth the extra money. It has very good
    optics (sharp enough to use wide open), good zoom range, fast
    autofocus, non-rotating front element for certain filters, etc.

    You may not find these advantageous and that's ok, the 18-55 is fine
    if used within its limitations. But if you do like those features, the
    lense is a great bargain - a gem in the Nikon family.
    Bill, Dec 7, 2006
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    ink Guest

    If I were you, I'd shell out the additional 70 quid - the 18-70 is
    definitely worth it.

    ink, Dec 7, 2006
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    mrb Guest

    It's a Sigma 18-50mm f3.5-5.6 according to the Jessops website, but I may
    take your advice in any case and go for the 18-70.
    Along with my existing 75-300 I'd then have virtually the full range.

    While I'm here, any advice on SD cards?
    For any particular capacity there seems to be quite a range of prices. For
    example, you can get 1GB for as little as £19, and also pay about £73
    (SanDisk Extreme III). What is the difference?


    mrb, Dec 7, 2006
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    Guest Guest

    the nikon 18-70 would be a better choice.
    Guest, Dec 7, 2006
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    Bill Guest

    Definitely go with the Nikon 18-70 then, it is better in every way
    over the Sigma. Jessops would push the Sigma because it has a higher
    markup than the Nikon (read: more money for Jessops).

    I have the Sandisk Extreme III cards because they are noticeably
    faster both in the camera and in the card reader. The Nikon D80 is a
    very fast camera with a fast buffer for memory card reads/writes, so a
    fast card makes a difference in the camera. I'm hoping Sandisk makes
    an Extreme IV version too because I'm pretty sure the D80 will be even
    faster with it, but I'll have to check that if/when it happens. And
    the capacity for over 2GB would be nice too.

    With my previous Canon Rebel XT/350D I used Ultra II cards because the
    camera wasn't fast enough to take advantage of the faster cards, and
    at the time I bought the first card for it I only had a USB1.1 port
    available for a card reader, so I saved a few bucks with the Ultra II
    version. When I bought a new computer last year with USB2 ports, I
    noticed the speed difference with faster cards and started to migrate
    to faster cards so I could download them to my computer faster.

    Note that the D80 has a built-in USB2 port and it's very fast, so even
    if you don't use a card reader, you'll want the faster cards in the

    When I bought the D80, I switched from CF to SD cards, so I bought
    fast cards from the start. This page has data on the speed of the D80
    with various cards:

    Through the drop-down list at the top, you can make comparisons with
    other cameras too.
    Bill, Dec 8, 2006
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