I have an old N60 35mm film camera. I have quite a few AF lenses for them. I am interested in getting back into photography, but would like to upgrade to a digital SLR. However, I would love to use my old lneses on new cameras. I was wondering if anyone could tell me which newer cameras my lenses would fit.
I checked your profile but it was blank. What lenses do you have?
Personally, depending on what DSLR you buy (what's your budget) you may be better off with a DX only lenses. Film lenses are equiv to an FX sized sensor, a DX body can use DX lenses and FX (or film) lenses but there will be a 1.5x image crop due to the smaller sensor size: a 50mm lens in film = a 75mm lens on a DX DSLR (D90...)
Note some lower line DSLRs only have full compatibility with AF-S lenses where the motor is built into the lens; not having the screw-type (helicoil???) motor built in to the body is a cost savings. So AF with older non-AFS lenses won't be possible.
I purchased all my lenses around 2001-2003, but I have no clue what type they are. Unfortunately, I don't have them at the moment due to a recent move. I don't care too much about having to manually focus my lenses. I'm really only concerned with the picture quality and the cropping issue you're talking about.
I'm sorry I don't have more information, but I appreciate your input. Knowing the motor issue will help me to solve my problem when I review camera bodies.
>Hi Derek, > >I assume you don't have AF-S lenses, means with build-in >motor. > >This means you Need a D90 or D7000 at least. > >
Are these the most recent models? If so, would you mind explaining how more recent models would work better with older lenses? I haven't done much with photography since high school, so I am not up to speed at all. Thanks!
Welcome to Nikonians! Yes, the D90 and D7000 are current models. Both have AF motors built into the camera body and therefore will support AF with older Nikon F mount AF lenses. The current D3000, D5000, and D3100 bodies do not have AF motors built into the camera body and require the newer AF-S type lenses that have AF motors built into the lens for focusing. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
IMHO I would select the D50 or D90 (if you can afford it). The D40/60 need motorized lenses which are expensive, and the D70 uses a CF card not the more reliable SD. Quantaray, Sigma, Tokina and Tamron lenses of various vintages will all work, the Nikon lenses are a bit better. Enjoy.