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Stupid lens on D60? (500mm Cad)

blw

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"RE: Stupid lens on D60? (500mm Cad)"

blw Moderator Awarded for his high level of expertise in various areas Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004
Mon 05-Sep-11 12:27 PM

You've gotten good advice as to the reality of non-CPU lenses and also as to why non-CPU lenses aren't well supported on the D60 and other entry-spec bodies.

However, your experience here may actually be working against you. If you are like me, with a long history of film usage, it would simply not occur to you to simply take a picture, look at it and adjust the shutter speed and ISO to get a better/correct exposure and shoot again. In film days that'd have been a ridiculous waste of film, to say nothing of a slow turnaround. But now with digital you can see the situation three seconds later, adjust and have the shot ten seconds later. You can even delete the test shot and all you've lost is a tiny bit of electricity from the rechargeable battery. Of course it's not as instantaneous as aperture preferred auto, but...

Years ago I found myself in precisely this situation - 500/f8 non-CPU lens (although mine is a Tamron and I had a Nikkor too), a D100, and an interest in birding. Faced with the choice of not shooting or learning to cope, I discovered that it's actually not so hard to calibrate in a given lighting environment and then keep shooting in manual mode, just like we did back in the days with an Exacta VX-IIb or a non-metering Nikon F. Eventually I put enough nickels into one cookie jar to buy a body that does meter with such lenses, but in the meantime I got thousands of frames that I would never have gotten on film...

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