I finally upgraded from an 8800 to a D300 and since I already had my 35mm lenses, I only purchased a body. My 28-80 lens works fine on my D300, but it doesn't seem to recognize my 70-210. Is it the lens or the camera? It does seem to recognize a friend's 50-300 (?), so am leaning toward the problem being the lens not the camera. I haven't used the lens in probably 5 years and it has been on my 35mm camera all that time, in the case. Any tips? Also, if the tip is to take it to be repaired, anyone know the closest camera repair shop to Flagstaff, AZ?
You need to enter non-CPU lens data in the setup menu when mounting manual focus lenses. You will only be able to enter one focal length and f stop. Until you do this the camera won't recognize the lens.
I know the 50 to 300mm is manual focus but what lens is the 70-210mm?
Read page 196 in the D300 manual. If you don't have the manual you can download it from the Nikon USA site.
Both my lenses are autofocus, and the one I'm borrowing from my friend (something to 300..not sure if it's 50) is also autofocus. The 70-210 is a 35mm lens but is not Non-CPU; that's why I'm confused as to the problem I'm having with it.
>Both my lenses are autofocus, and the one I'm borrowing from >my friend (something to 300..not sure if it's 50) is also >autofocus. The 70-210 is a 35mm lens but is not Non-CPU; >that's why I'm confused as to the problem I'm having with it. > > >Thanks for any help!
Is the 50 to 300mm lens a Nikon? If so it has to be manual focus. Nikon never made that lens as an AF. Maybe you have the AF 70-300mm. Nikon made the 70-210mm zooms as both manual and auto focus. That's why I asked. If it is an AF lens make sure the contacts on the lens are clean. When you turn on the camera with it attached do you get an error message? If so make sure the lens is locked to the smallest aperture like f32. I have both the f4 and the f4-f5.6 AF 70-210MM AF lenses and they work fine on my D300.
Scara36. Take the time to fill out your profile so any of us can see what you have. Your friend may well have a 55-300 mm Dx zoom which is not a bad lens at all and is indeed an AF.
I shoot locally with several friends who have a variety of older N lenses, the 70-210 is among them in a couple of configurations and their lenses work well on the D300, etc. Could be the contacts as others have suggested. Or maybe you have the f-stop misadjusted, also as suggested earlier in another post. Good luck.