I'm a serious beginner, and one of the things I have the hardest time understanding is the multitude of lens types. I own an N80, a 28-80G, and a 70-300G. I really don't know what the "G" means, but the price was right, and I figured that it was good enough to learn on. Now I am interested in getting a micro lens. Again, price is a major consideration. I've looked on EBay, and there are several 60mm D lenses and one that is not a D lens. The one that is not a D is going for quite a bit less. Why is this? I read something about an extra pin in the mount for the D lenses used for the 3D matrix metering. Does that mean that a non-D lens wouldn't allow me to meter?
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Hiyas My Limited understanding of D lenses. Try using an exsamble is with flash pictures. A D type lens will tell the camera it's focal length and distance to subject. The Camera then adjusts Flash strength for best exsposure. It makes for easy flash photography. Otherwise using tables of distance and film ISO and making adjustments on the flash unit is required. A D lens for non-flash situations is less important, Because its the camera does the exsposure calculations and doesn't care much how far the subject is. G Type lens I didn't know about, did search found a useful web site on Nikon Lenses. http://www.cs.kau.se/~nicke/private/photo/af/ Turns out G-Type has no Aperture Ring and is limited to use with the newer Nikon cameras only that have AE capabilities. What D lenses to recommend, needs a repost Regards Kntfst
Hi, D type of lenses submit to the camera info about focusing distanec of the lens, what is sopposed to improve TTL flash photography. I own several lenses, some of them are D type, but I have not noticed any difference among them when using flash photography. Personally, I would not mind if the lens is D or not D, and if the same lens, non D type would be $5 cheaper than D type, I would pick non D type. Bye, David G.
The 70-300 is a D type lens, which means it can tell the camera distance etc... It just does not contain the aperture ring, hence the G in the lens. It si quite stupid of nikon to NOT make this clear. At their website, it clearly says the 70-300G lens is a D-type lens without the aperture ring.
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The Distance information is used in all photographic situations, with or without the flash. When using a D lens with flash, you have 3D matrix balanced fill flash, without a D lens you have matrix balanced fill flash. Whether using D or non-D lenses, the flash unit is set up the same way, the only difference is there is no distance to main subject information. The main control over the flash (in matrix fill balanced fill flash) is the pre flash pulses and the reflective light from the subject, to the film and reflected back to the flash sensors in the bottom of the camera. Without D type lenses there is no difference in settings on the flash, if it is a SB-26 or 28; unless you want to go full manual or compensate. For an excellent explanation of how the system operates, the Magic Lantern Guide does a great job. The camera does use the distance information from a D lens during normal non-flash operation; however, unless you’re shooting portraits and have a sharp eye, you will most likely never be able to tell the differences between a D and non-D lens.
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