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e1v1artin Silver Member Nikonian since 02nd Aug 2012Sun 12-May-13 04:22 AM
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"New body to get back AF on the old 80-400"
Sun 12-May-13 04:23 AM by e1v1artin

Lakewood, US
          

I'm relatively new to DSLR and i have been shooting with a D5100. I wanted to make the leap into bird/wildlife photography so I decided to pick up the original 80-400 AF. Unfortunately, I didn't do my homework enough and its seems that I lost AF with this lense and this body combo. Any recommendations of a new body that I could pick up in order to gain back the AF function on this lense? Budget is a problem and i'm basically looking for the cheapest upgrade at this time. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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JosephK Silver Member Nikonian since 17th Apr 2006Sun 12-May-13 06:36 AM
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#1. "RE: New body to get back AF on the old 80-400"
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Seattle, WA, US
          

You need a body with an AF motor in it. Something from these:
Any of the D70/D80/D90 line
Any of the D7000/D7100 line
Any of the D200/D300 line
Any of the FX bodies

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Joseph K
Seattle, WA, USA

D700, D200, D70S, 24-70mm f/2.8, VR 70-200mm f/2.8 II,
50mm f/1.4 D, 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR, 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 DX

  

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jamesvoortman Silver Member Nikonian since 06th Sep 2004Sun 12-May-13 05:53 PM
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#2. "RE: New body to get back AF on the old 80-400"
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Sun 12-May-13 06:01 PM by jamesvoortman

Durban, ZA
          

As Joseph K has listed....
The D50 is another option, but very dated now.

In order to get something with a similar or better blend of resolution and ISO sensitivity than your D5100 you should avoid the D70, D80, D200...but if the budget is limited, D200 would be the best choice of these.

From personal experience the D300/D300s works quite well with that lens. D300/D300s has a better AF system than D7000 but in other respects the D7000 has some advantages, principally its newer sensor and higher resolution.

Bear in mind that this lens is highly geared due to the heavy mechanical load of moving the whole front barrel portion to focus, so the AF is very slow and not really suitable for birds in flight on any camera body

In my gallery are some shots taken on the D70 and D300 with the same lens

A D7000 or D7100 would be the best choice overall IMO.

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blw Moderator Awarded for his high level of expertise in various areas Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004Sun 12-May-13 10:36 PM
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#3. "RE: New body to get back AF on the old 80-400"
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Richmond, US
          

Strictly speaking there are also the D1, D1h, D1x, D2h and D2x that have focus motors. They're DX. Budget aside, the D300 is definitely the best of the used machines, although a D7100 is sure to outperform pretty much everything not current.

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e1v1artin Silver Member Nikonian since 02nd Aug 2012Mon 13-May-13 03:00 AM
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#4. "RE: New body to get back AF on the old 80-400"
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Lakewood, US
          

thanks for the recommendations everyone. I went with a D7000. can't wait!

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MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007Mon 13-May-13 08:24 PM
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#5. "RE: New body to get back AF on the old 80-400"
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US
          

Hi Eric,

Every Nikon DSLR with the exception of the: D40, D40X, D60, D3000, D3100, D3200, D5000, D5100, and D5200 which do not have AF motors built into the camera body will fully support AF on the AF 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED VR or any other screwdriver type AF lens.

If you are looking for a camera with a sensor as good or better than your D5100, your choices are limited to the D7000 and D7100 aside from the much more expensive FX bodies.

Best Regards,
Marty

  

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