Off-brand lenses with N/F80
I bought an N80 a couple of weeks ago, and was wondering if anyone else has had similar experiences with off-brand lenses.
12 years ago, when I had a lot less money in hand, I bought a second hand Nikon 4004 with store-brand zoom lenses (ProSpec (JCPenney department store, USA) 35-70 zoom and a 80-200 zoom). Both are working well in the 4004 body, but when attached to the N80, the N80 body gets completely confused. The metering circuitry seems to juggle wildly among f-stop and shutter settings. In addition, the 35-70 autofocuses remarkably slowly - even slower than in the lethargic 4004, if you can believe that.
I imagine it is due to off-brand out-of-spec lens circuitry desigin - my Nikkors (50mm 1.8, 70-300D ED zoom) are performing perfectly. Has anyone else had similar experiences with non-Nikkors in the N80?
#1. "RE: Off-brand lenses with N/F80" | In response to Reply # 0jrp Charter MemberTue 10-Oct-00 09:55 PM
No, I have not had such experience. However I can tell you that the N80/F80 was designed to work with good AF lenses, with Nikon mount and circuitry. I would stick to either Nikkor or Tokina lenses. There have been some reports like yours with other brands.
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#2. "RE: Off-brand lenses with N/F80" | In response to Reply # 0wkrones Registered since 18th Jan 2003Fri 13-Oct-00 10:13 PM
I recently bought a Sigma 28mm-200mm Hyperfocal (the new one that's getting decent reviews) for my new N80, and it seems to be working fine, I'm glad to say.
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#3. "RE: Off-brand lenses with N/F80" | In response to Reply # 0sutherll Basic MemberSat 14-Oct-00 01:30 AM
I use a Sigma 28-105 F2.8-4 with my F80. I am happy with this lens, however in my experience third party lenses are never 100% compatible. Focusing is usually slower and they are more prone to hunting. Not all third party manufacturers have D compatibility in all their Nikon mount lenses. Not all third party manufacturers are licensed to use Nikon technology in their lens circuitry.
As a rule of thumb, allways buy Nikon lenses. However if you are on a tight budget, then third party lenses would be an attractive alternative.