Hi there folks. As the subject says, I just recently bought a Nikon N80 Film body in great shape. The lens that came with it was an old quantaray thing.. It met an untimely end.. Anyways, I am curious as to what lenses go well with the N80?? Currently I only have a Nikon 35-80 AFD... What can I go with here? Thanks guys for your time!
Sun 24-Aug-08 03:58 AM | edited Sun 24-Aug-08 04:08 AM by JRN80
Thanks. One more question, why am I not able to change the aperture manually on the 35-80 when it's attached to the camera body? (Nikon 35-80 has manual aperture ring) The ring will turn but the aperture stays wide open. In P mode, the numbers will change in the view finder, but the blades are not visually moving. Does the camera control the aperture differently? Just curious.
Sun 24-Aug-08 07:50 AM | edited Sun 24-Aug-08 07:51 AM by happysnappy123
When a lens is mounted to an SLR camera, the aperture is opened to the maximum value in order to minimise the depth-of-view and to let as much light into the viewfinder as possible. This ensures that you get the brightest possible view through the viewfinder for easy composition and also lets you easily see the subject that you are focusing on.
If you need to see the depth-of-field a particular aperture value produces, you will need to use the Depth-of-Field Preview button location to the right side of the lens mount (looking at the camera from the top).
On most of Nikon's newe electronic SLRs (e.g. F55, F60, F65, F75, F80, F100, F5, F6), you select the aperture via either the main command dial or the sub-command dial (refer to your instruction manual for the location of these dials). You will therefore need to lock the aperture ring on your lens to its minimum value (e.g. f/22). A locking switch is provided to ensure that the aperture ring stays locked at the minimum value, otherwise the camera will not function correctly.
Lens selection should be based on what you, personally, intend to shoot rather than what anyone else might suggest. In any case, there are to primary ways to go.
If you like zooms, the already-suggested 28-105 is an excellent all-purpose lens. It was my basic lens when I owned an N80. It covers a nice range and performs well throughout. It's only drawback is that it isn't particulary fast.
Another suggestion is a set of compact primes. I used a 24mm f/2.8, 50mm f.1.8 and 85mm f/1.8 and it covered just about everything I ever wanted to shoot. If you need to go longer, a 180mm f/2.8 is a bargain compared to any Nikkor zoom with a maximum aperture of f.2.8.
as others have suggested, i carried the 28-105mm and the 50mm 1.4 with my N80. both are good choices, and perform very well with the N80. the one thing that i really wanted though, was a wider angle than the 28-105mm allowed me. i think someone mentioned the 18-35mm also. i think that would be a good addition to your bag as well.