I am going to order a lens today for my D40x and I have heard that only Nikkor AF lenses are compatible to it. I tried a Quantaray with it once but I had to focus it manually. Is this the case with all lenses other than the Nikkor AF? I would love to get the 18-200 VR from Nikon but it just isn't in my budet at the moment (baby on the wa I am mostly interested in large zoom range. My next choice would be the Nikkor 70-300 But $500 bucks is pretty expensive as well. Then I read a review of the cheap Nikkor VR 55-200 and it said that although it was plasticy feeling it was very sharp (in good light) and well worth the money. That sounds like a good lens for me considering the price. Can anyone give me any advice? If I can get a good lens that is comparable to the Nikkor 18-200 or 70-300 from another maker that will work with my D40X at a good price that would be great. Thanks in advance for any help!
#1. "RE: Lens Choices" | In response to Reply # 0ruca2k8 Registered since 27th Feb 2008Thu 14-Aug-08 08:27 AM
At the top of the forum there's a listing of all lenses that AF on the D40-series cameras.
Basically, you need a lens with a built-in motor in order to AF on our bodies.
In Sigma terms, that usually means HSM-lenses, but that's not 100% true. Some non-HSM Sigma's actually have a motor, just not an HSM motor. There are also Tamrons.
I wouldn't move away from Nikon (AF-S is actually what you should look for in Nikon's), Sigma and Tamron, unless some other maker has something very specific.
#2. "RE: Lens Choices" | In response to Reply # 0blw Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004Thu 14-Aug-08 11:53 AM
Also beware that some Nikon AF lenses also don't AF on your camera! As noted, you need a lens with a focusing motor in it.
Some good recommendations:
- Nikon 18-55 AFS + Nikon 55-200 AFS VR. Basic but good quality.
- Sigma 18-200 HSM OS. Like the Nikon 18-200VR but less expensive and, oddly enough, better built. (And yes I do own the Nikon.) OS is similar to Nikon VR, and HSM is similar to Nikon AFS. Comparable optical quality, too. Slightly heavier. Has a zoom lock to prevent the notorious 18-200VR's "zoom creep" while walking around. More money than the above combination but more flexible and no lenses to change. My impression is that the Sigma 18-200 OS is readily available for around $450.
- Nikon 18-55 AFS + Nikon 70-300 AFS VR. More expensive than the 18-200 OS, but gives you longer range (300mm vs 200mm). Depending on your needs and tastes, you may find that indispensable or you may find it irrelevant.
- Nikon 18-55 AFS + Sigma 70-300. Sigma have a new 70-300 model that has an internal motor (link here) that is much less expensive and does not include OS. This combination is the least expensive and the longest range, but it has the least low-light capability of the group. Ignore the price you see at their web site, this is widely available for $200. Just be sure that you get one with the internal motor: In the past year, Sigma has offered at least four different models of 70-300 that fit Nikon, and at least two of them did not have internal motors.
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#3. "RE: Lens Choices" | In response to Reply # 0spanglerokapi Nikonian since 22nd May 2008Thu 14-Aug-08 05:13 PM
Just bought a Sigma 70-300mm for my wife's D40. Good value for money for a budget lens, thought the AF is a little slow (as its not HSM), and the "macro" facility is useful. As another correspondent noted make sure you get the latest motorised version, there are lots of the older version on EBay and these will not AF.
Regards, Andrew (UK)
#4. "RE: Lens Choices" | In response to Reply # 3prescott_anthony Registered since 08th Aug 2008Fri 15-Aug-08 06:26 AM
Hey thank you guys for the great information! You guys have been very helpful in making my decision and I have decided to go with the Sigma 18-200 HSM OS. It is really great to have a place like this with people who are willing to share advice and help out their fellow enthusiasts! Thanks again guys!