Wed 20-Mar-13 02:51 AM | edited Wed 20-Mar-13 03:18 AM by autoexer
I do not have any AF lens!!, at least not FX (my D70 has a DX one). The reason I wanted an F4 for its ability to use MF lens. I was thinking maybe one would be fun... I have a 20mm, 28mm, 50mm, 105mm, 200mm (a non-AI "Q"!), and a 300mm; all prime MF lens; zooms - 35-105mm, 80-200. I find the 105mm macro on the FA 90% with the 50 and 28 splitting the rest.
So, I was thinking maybe an 85mm f/1.8 AF??? or go zooming with a 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5??
or really cheap - 35-105mm f/3.5-4.5 AF late macro for $79.00, or a 28-85mm f/3.5-4.5 AF for $53.00, both EX or better @ KEH!!!
or a 50mm f/1.8
it's cold out here in WI - need some arm chair thinking
These all have aperture rings, AF-S, no VR and hence will work on any DSLR you may buy in the future (D3x00 and D5x00 especially), the instant MF over-ride of an AF-S lens, and so on. Basically, they work perfectly on all AF and MF cameras ever made (you can even get a coupling prong added for pre-AI bodies).
>I'd check out all of these: > >AF-S 17-35 f/2.8D >AF-S 28-70 f/2.8D >AF-S 80-200 f/2.8D >AF-S 300 f/4D > >These all have aperture rings, AF-S, no VR and hence will work >on any DSLR you may buy in the future (D3x00 and D5x00 >especially), the instant MF over-ride of an AF-S lens, and so >on. Basically, they work perfectly on all AF and MF cameras >ever made (you can even get a coupling prong added for pre-AI >bodies).
thanks! I forgot about the 300mm f/4D AF-S... guess I will start saving....
I have the F4e and have the 28-105mm and the 28-85mm lenses you mentioned. You may want to consider the 24-120mm VR lens which I also have. Yes, it is a G lens (therefore no aperture ring) but it will speed up AF since the F4 can use the AF-S functionality. It also has a wider zoom range but will sacrifice some image quality vs the 28-105mm.
That's a good choice. Here's another: Tamron 24-135 (if you can find one). The focal range is excellent, and the IQ is amazing for a 3rd party lens. I bought one a couple years ago, and it is so good that my friend bought one to use in her studio.
Art, I too just acquired an F4e and matched it to a lens I've had for a while AF 70-300 f4~5.6 D, used it recently at my grandson's graduation. It worked pretty well with a flash, a little dark when I zoomed in but that wasn't the fault of the camera. Checking that auction site, it looks like it can had for around $100.00.