Hi there everybody , new to the site and have a question to ask about lens compatibility.
I have a Nikon N60 which I have had for nearly 2 years and when I got it it came with Quantary lenses . I know these lenses are cheapies but I have had a great time with them and gotten some pretty decent photos.
I have now decided to step up and buy a new Nikon lens and pretty much have my heart set on the AF Nikkor 28mm f/2.8 D , having read sevral reviews by Staff photographers in magazines etc and spoken to a few other Nikon users .
My question is this .
I am getting conflicting information as to wether I will be able to use all the features of the 28mm with my Nikon N60 . For instance in my N60 Manual it says " D-type AF lenses give you access to all available functions " .
Yet the Nikon website says ....
"Nikon D-type lens technology provides distance information to Nikon F5, N90s,N90, N70 and N50 cameras, making 3D Matrix Metering and Matrix Balanced Fill-Flash possible."
...but no mention of the N60 in there.
Call me fussy but I dont want to spend the $ 200 or so if I wont be able to use all the features of the lens.
Anybody help me out here ? Depending on the answer I may just wait untill the Summer when I plan to upgrade to the N80 .
#1. "Nikkor Lense" | In response to Reply # 0JM Registered since 01st Mar 2007Sat 30-Dec-00 04:15 PM
As a relative new comer to photography I entered with a N70 and an F. The costs of glass to equip these bodies has caused me to follow the guides of many people both sales and shooters leading me to the following concepts:
*Any lens will get an image
*Any image that catches your eye is a good one
*Ya get what ya pay for
From there it gets sticky. Your starter lens has done a good job if you still like its images but, the reputation of the company is not to be as durable or image quality level as other off-brand or Nikkor glass.
I personally have some newer Tamron lenses that fill my needs as well as older, aquired used glass from Vivitar that has offered features I could not have afforded in Nikkor. The Nikkor lenses I carry are all niche fillers for the needs they fill and as such give me the performance I paid for.
In your situation the Nikkor D technology if not used now will be in the future (you said a N80 is in the making) so get it! You loss nothing but stand to gain in the future.
If you buy for the next generation of your kit you don't waste anything only provide additional incentive to more upgrades.
#2. "RE: N60 and Nikon Lens question." | In response to Reply # 0frankie Basic MemberSat 30-Dec-00 04:33 PM
D functionality actually doesn't do anything on an F60. It only comes to play for the flash systems of the higher models. I think even the N65 only has Standard TTL flash.
You should be fine. The N60 will not meter with a manual lens that doesn't have CPU contacts - and that is what you should be looking for.
I'd advise you to go to the store and try it if you can...
I warn everyone - the US Nikon site is a bit of a joke... You should see the Canadian web-site it's even worse...
#3. "RE: N60 and Nikon Lens question." | In response to Reply # 0krf Charter MemberSat 30-Dec-00 04:42 PM
Haven't looked at the Nikon website lately, but I'd say that the omission of N60 in the description of D-type lens technology is because the page hasn't been updated since the N60 was introduced. Website maintenance is often not a real high priority in companies that are not heavily into e-tailing and it is usually delegated to people who are not technically oriented (at least not in anything but web site design). Your quote from the Nikon site doesn't mention the F100 either, which is most definitely "D" compatible.
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