Using N80 film lenses with newer Nikon digital cameras?
A friend has a Nikon N80 (film) with a Tamron AF Aspherical LD (IF) 28-200mm zoom lens, f/3.8 to f/5.6. She wants to keep the N80 body, but also add a current generation Nikon digital body - like maybe a D5100 or D7000. What limitations, if any, will the Tamron lens impose? Will its full-frame film optics work with the smaller DX sensor?
Thanks, Nikonians, for any wisdom...
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#1. "RE: Using N80 film lenses with newer Nikon digital cameras?" | In response to Reply # 0avm247 Charter MemberThu 02-Feb-12 05:05 PM
Yes and no.
Mounting the lens: Yes. Her Tamron will mount to a D5100 or D7000.
Metering: Yes. Her Tamron should provide metering with a D5100 or D7000. (Note: older and current AF lenses should have a chip, with electrical contacts in them, if the lens can meter with the N80, then she should be okay with either the D5100 or D7000.)
AF: It depends: D5100 does not have a built in screw drive motor in the camera body, which is what the Tamron needs to AF; it will only AF with AF-I or AF-S silent wave motors. The D7000 has the screw drive motor in the body and can AF with both the screw-drive system and the AF-S silent wave system.
Angle of View: The smaller DX sensor (24mm x 16mm) of a D5100 or D7000 will have a 1.5x crop on the images. A 50mm setting on that lens on her N80 will appear to be a 75mm lens on the D5100 or D7000. Great for telephoto when using FX (or 35mm film lenses) not so great at the wide end: at 28mm on a DX body will appear as a 42mm lens (similar to a "normal lens").
If she really like that focal range, then she should probably invest in an 18-200 DX lens.
DX lenses will vignette on film bodies (smaller image circle).
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#2. "RE: Using N80 film lenses with newer Nikon digital cameras?" | In response to Reply # 1petie3 Registered since 29th Jan 2011Thu 22-Mar-12 03:43 PM
I am particularly happy with the Tamron 28-200 and got 4-5 of them off Ebay for under $50. A couple work fine and are on my D90s for standard. Another couple seem to hunt for focus and need Manual Focus to make them work. They are on my 6006 and N65 etc.
Only problem with the motor lenses they are expensive, you can find a 18-55 or a 55-200 Nikon for around $100 but anything else is $200+.
I had a D40 and D60 and gave them to my kid. I use D50s and D90s and love them to pieces.
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