Small Nikon for Big lens

Discussion in 'UK Photography' started by john stone, Dec 7, 2012.

  1. john stone

    john stone Guest

    A friend has a Nikon SLR and some good lenses, I dont want to carry around a
    big SLR and since he lends me some of his lenses; what is an
    in-expensive/second-hand small Nikon you would recommend that I can buy that
    will take these Nikon Lens? Thanks.
    john stone, Dec 7, 2012
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    Woody Guest

    This is not so simple as it might seem.

    First what sort of Nikon does your friend use - film or digital -
    and which model.

    You can use most (but not all) film lenses on a digital body
    provided the lens is of the 'right' type.

    Nikon now use focussing motors in the lens - so called HyperSonic
    Motor or HSM - but if your friends camera is of an older type
    then it will need a body that has the focus motor in the body
    which are still available but either secondhand or very much up

    In Nikonville there really isn't much in what you might call
    'small' bodies but there are smaller bodies.

    Come back with the info and I or someone else will put you on the
    right track. You need to get the body type and the <exact> and
    full model number of the lenses.
    Woody, Dec 7, 2012
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    Alex Monro Guest

    HSM is the Sigma term. Nikon calls (most of) their lenses with in built
    focus motors AutoFocus-Silent wave motor or AF-S.

    Some Nikon Digital SLRs have a sensor about 2/3 the size of a standard
    35mm film frame, known as a DX size sensor. The full size sensors are
    known as FX. You can use an FX lens on a DX camera, but if you use a
    DX lens on an FX camera, it'll only use the centre part of the sensor,
    so you lose more than half the pixels.

    We really need to know more details of your friend's lenses to give
    sensible advice.
    Alex Monro, Dec 7, 2012
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    john stone Guest


    Thanks. It's a digital model D90 and a D800
    john stone, Dec 8, 2012
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    Paul Giverin Guest

    "details of your friend's lenses"
    Paul Giverin, Dec 8, 2012
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    Woody Guest

    Snatch his arm off - damn quick!

    Both cameras will handle older and newer lenses as they both have
    focus motors in the body.

    But (and here is the catch) the D90 takes DX lenses only whereas
    the D800 - which is full frame as m'learned friend has noted -
    will use DX or FX lenses.

    He may have used older lenses on the D90 so before you buy a body
    have a look at the lens mount. If there is what looks like a
    small flat screwhead at about the 5 o'clock position on the mount
    you will need a body with a built-in focus motor such as the D90
    or a used D80. If the screwhead is missing - there are just the
    four (five?) tiny cross-head screws that hold the lens together -
    then you will have a Silent-Wave or HSM lens which will probably
    be also marked as such.

    If it is the latter then the world is your oyster as they say.
    Any of the Nikon 3000/5000/7000 series will fit, as will the D40
    and D60. It really comes down to what features you want. I bought
    my daughter a D60 from which she has produced some superb
    pictures and she is a happy snapper! If you can afford it I would
    go fo the D90 body as, like all of the above, it is in Nikon's
    now standard 'small' body but is in what might be called the
    semi-pro class being built more robustly and having more of the
    features a pro would find useful. (Do you get the impression I
    wish I had one? You bet!) If not then look at the 3200 which has
    a 24Mp sensor.

    Good luck.
    Woody, Dec 8, 2012
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