I bought new DX lenses for my D5100. Now I'm wondering if there is any use/advantage of my older lenses I had from the time when I used my F60 film SLR.
My new lenses:
AF-S 55-300 DX VR Zoom Lense
AF-S 18-55 DX VR Kit lens
AF-3 35mm DX f/1.8G Prime Lens
My old lenses:
Nikkor 28~80 F3.5 ~ f/5.6 f-AF-D
Sigma 100-300mm F4.5-6.7 AF-DL
I tried them on for size and they mount well. They are of course manual focus which is something I can live with if there is any advantage to these lenses. Would my Sigma be a better long zoom for distant objects?
Otherwise I suppose I can try to sell this set to someone still interested in film photography. I still have a couple of unexposed rolls of film and a couple of unopened batteries (but they would be circa 2001).
#1. "RE: Benefit of older lens" | In response to Reply # 0benveniste Nikonian since 25th Nov 2002Sun 06-Jan-13 11:13 AM
While many older "screwdriver" and manual focus lenses can be used to good effect on a D5100, that's less true for entry-level lenses like your 28-80mm and 100-300mm.
The 28-80mm came in two different versions. The first version had a very thin, hard plastic ring for manual focus right next to the filter ring. The second has a slightly wider focus ring a bit further down the barrel, and also has slightly better optics. Both are lightweight and overlap the focal ranges of your two DX zooms. Either can produce nice shots when stopped down a bit. For some shoots, using a 28-80mm may allow you to avoid changing lenses at a critical time, but I think you'll find that advantage is outweighed by the autofocus and VR features of your new lenses.
The Sigma has less range and is slower at all focal lengths than your 55-300mm. It's shorter, lighter, and uses smaller filters, but for a DX camera offers little else. For much of its range, you may find that focus confirmation ("green dot") is unreliable except in very bright light. I've never used the lens, but I can't imagine it outperforming a 55-300mm.
Both of these lenses typically sell for about $40-$60 in the used market. The 28-80mm will provide autofocus operation with most higher end Nikon dSLR bodies, but I'm not sure about the Sigma.
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