Which is better for the D70? D or G Nikon Lens...cont inside

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Maintane, Jan 19, 2005.

  1. Maintane

    Maintane Guest

    I am looking at the 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6 for my D70. Is the D or G series
    better or is there no difference? I realize that there are better, faster
    lenses out there, but this one is more in my price range. I had considered
    the 70-300, but think I would prefer a lense that I can keep on the camera
    the majority of the time.



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    Maintane, Jan 19, 2005
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    C J Campbell Guest

    Nikon USA's web site has this in their FAQ:

    Until recently only inexpensive Nikon lenses where available as AF- G
    lenses, however Nikon has now launched several new AF-G lenses including the
    professional AF-S VR70-200mm F2.8G IF ED and will continue to introduce new
    AF-G lens across the Nikkor range. The only difference between Nikon AF-D
    and AF-G lenses is that AF-G have no aperture ring. Studies reveal that few
    Professionals are now using lenses with aperture rings, the ability to
    electronically adjust exposures by 1/3 stop via the command dials far
    outperforms manual ring adjustment, however experienced the user may be.
    A substantial weight saving is a secondary benefit too; G-type lenses, like
    D-type lenses, transmit distance information to the camera for 3D Matrix
    metering systems. The absence of an aperture ring affects the compatibility
    of the lens with certain cameras, see the chart below of camera exposure
    mode compatibility with G type lenses:

    Mode P S A M
    D1 series, D100, D70, F5, F100, N80, N75, N65, N55, N60, N50, N4004,
    N4004s, N5005, PRONEA S, PRONEA 6i. Y Y Y Y
    F4, N90/s, N70, N8008/s, N6000 Y Y N N
    N6006, N2020, N2000, F, F2, F3, F3AF, FE, FE2, FM, FM2/n, FM3a, FA N
    N N N

    Y= Compatible N= Incompatible**

    * Includes Vari-Program and AUTO mode depending on model

    **The lens can physically be attached to the camera, but will not functio
    C J Campbell, Jan 19, 2005
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  3. For the D70 and virtually all Nikon dSLRs (and film SLRs) released over the
    4 or 5 years, it makes absolutely no difference whether or not one uses a
    "D" or "G" lens. On thjose cameras the aperture ring is completely useless -
    you can't use it to control aperture under any circumstances. "D" lenses
    also have the disadvantage of having to lock the aperture ring at it's
    minimum aperture in order to use them on all Nikon dSLRs. If you don't, or
    if it accidently becomes unlocked and moves off the minimum aperture
    setting, the camera will return a lens error when you turn it on.

    Howard McCollister, Jan 19, 2005
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