I have an old N70 that got me wanting to look at upgrading to something like an N90/F100 body but most of my lenses are DX and go with my D7000, also none have an aperture ring so they don't work well with the N70.
I believe I can use the 70-300 VR on either the N90 or F100 without a problem so just wondering if you only had one lens to stick on one of those film bodies which lens would it be? The only sensible lens I can think about would be something like the Nikkor 50mm 1.4D but would appreciate any other suggestions. Thanks, Scott
Since the 70-300mm VR is a "G" lens, you'd be limited to "P" and "S" modes on the N90. The lens works fine in all modes on an F100, and in fact I've used this combination a couple of times.
If I had only one lens to stick on an F100, it would be the new 24-120mm f/4, but it too is a "G" lens. On an N90, my choice would likely be the 28-70mm f/2.8 AF-S.
A good "budget" alternative for either is the 28-105mm f/3.5~4.5, which is available in the used market for around $225 for a nice copy. That lens had the additional advantage of having a useful close focus capability.
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Tue 24-May-11 01:56 AM | edited Tue 24-May-11 01:56 AM by nhorvat2
> >A good "budget" alternative for either is the >28-105mm f/3.5~4.5, which is available in the used market for >around $225 for a nice copy. That lens had the additional >advantage of having a useful close focus capability. >
+1 for the 28-105mm. I bought two in here (one for me one for my brother-in-law) for $175-$180, in a excellent condition, one without the box.
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The F100 is fully compatable with All AI, AI modified, AIS, AF, AF-D, AF-I, and All non-DX: AF-G and AF-S lenses with the exception of the 80mm f/2.8 and the 200mm f/3.5 made for the F3AF. The D7000 is fully compatible with the above list and All DX type lenses as well. The N90 does not fully support G-type lenses so your options would be more limited. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
thanks, think I am going to try to look for a good F100 and try my luck with that body... my original Nikon I shot with 15 years ago was an N90s, that is what I first learned to shoot on so that was just what I had as a benchmark
>... just wondering if you only had one lens to stick on one of those film bodies which lens would it be?
Back in my film days, my Nikkor 20-35mm f/2.8D was almost permanently glued to my F100. Great combo for my photographic interest (travel, street, reportage). I still own both items. Although hardly used anymore in this digital age, I can't seem to part with them.
BTW, if your looking for an upgrade for a film SLR, I would definitely look for a second hand F100. Very sturdy body, with almost all technology and options incorporated that were available at the end of the film era. Many of them around, look for a good in shape sample.
I'd get an F100, and then everything not DX is available to you. The 50/f/f1.4 D or G are fine choices, but so is the 50/f1.8 D, the 24-120/f4 AFS VR and the 24-70/f2.8 AFS. Considering that the F100 can be had for $250 or so, it's realistically priced. If that's too much consider the N80 instead, which also is compatible with all non-DX lenses. Essentially brand-new copies cost $75 or less.
On the few occasions where I must use film, the F100 is my choice for precisely these reasons. (I have an F2a that I use when I'm shooting film because I decided to...)
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