I am an avid amateur beginning a multi-year process of upgrading all my gear (timeline dependant on cash flow). It's all 12-15 years old. I currently have the following:
FG w/ MDE
From what I've read here and elsewhere, it's better to put good lenses on a lesser body than the other way around, so I'm starting with the lenses. It doesn't seem to make much sense to buy new/used MF lenses at this point, though, if a new AF body is in my future. (I have no problem using the FG - can't knock the reliability - but I think I will inevitably upgrade to a newer body as FG parts are getting more rare.) My question is this; is there any inherent problems with putting new AF lenses on an FG or other old bodies? Or is that simply a crazy thing to do? I shoot mostly family/travel/nature.
I'm sure there's others out there in my situation, so any advice would be of great interest.
#1. "RE: Upgrade advice please" | In response to Reply # 0va3rrr Basic MemberTue 02-Jan-01 03:54 PM
I have an FG and a new F80, I have all primes for the FG and a 28-80mm and 70-300mm ED AF zooms for my F80. I use my AF zooms on my FG body all the time especialy the 70-300mmED. They are a bit darker in the viewfinder because the minimum apertures are smaller than the primes. I love my little FG it goes with me where ever I go and tend to baby the F80. I was just shooting some slides of birds from my blind with the F80 and must say that you can't beat the autofocus in some cases. It's nice to have both cameras and for me I would be lost without one. I must add that the manual focus lenses won't work properly on the F80, It won't meter and you must take a reading from a light meter or another camera. If I could afford it right now here is what I would do with my system: Keep the bodies I have, buy a good used FE2 along with a 300mm F4.5 IF ED AIS, swap my AF28-80 for a AF28-105mm and buy a 50mm f1.8 also I have a SB-16B but would buy a SB-28 just for the F80.
And yes I will start upgrading my AF system before the Manual system.
Happy new year and good luck,
#2. "RE: Upgrade advice please" | In response to Reply # 1N80 Charter MemberWed 03-Jan-01 12:18 AM
I agree with RV. I went through the same situation but only had the 50mm 1.8 for my FG. I got a decent price on the FG and needed the money so I sold it, along with an SB-16. I initially bought a Tamron 28-200 to go on the FG but it had such a short throw for focusing (not a problem in AF mode) it was almost impossible except for absolute stills. Many AF lenses have a short focus throw in manual focus mode, including the Nikon 28-200 and the 28-105. The 70-300ED has a reasonably long and useful throw to it. So, my advice, move up to AF, buy good AF lenses and keep your old FG if you can afford to. I wish I still had mine but the used camera shop offered me nearly as much as I paid for, so I couldn't resist.
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#3. "RE: Upgrade advice please" | In response to Reply # 2jnscbl Basic MemberWed 03-Jan-01 12:57 PM
I have seen a lot of arguments about which is best, AF or MF. My personal solution is both. Anything new that you buy, get AF. But if you run across a bargain on an older AI prime lens, don't let it slip through your fingers.---scott
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