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#1 Brian Carlson

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Posted 01 November 2016 - 06:35 AM

I have a d500 and have done the research to know I can use an older AF lens now and save some money over the newer AF-S. What I don't know is what the performance is like. Does anyone know if there is similar performance in the AF or not? Since the model numbers on the lenses are the same I don't know how to research this.

 

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#2 blekenbleu

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Posted 31 January 2017 - 01:46 PM

Instead of AF-S, Nikkor screw drive lenses will have AF designations.

If neither (e.g. only AI or AI-S) , then not autofocus.

Some AF screw drive lenses can focus more quickly than AF-S replacements with focus motors.

Screw drive lash (lost motion) can exacerbate hunting, tho..

 

Being a premium body, a D500 should focus well with either AF or AF-S, provided optics allow.

Some lenses get updated as much for improved phase detection autofocus compatibility as image quality.

In general, smaller apertures and longer focal lengths are more problematic for phase detection autofocus.

 

I expect a good copy of any lens reported to autofocus well

with any relatively modern Nikon body should be fine on a D500.

 

This article claims that autofocus speed concerns are exaggerated: http://www.amateurni...ns-and-why.html



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Posted 03 February 2017 - 10:49 AM

Why would you use old lenses on a high end body?

You are spending a lot on a body, why go cheap on lenses?

 

They will probably work, but these old lenses were not made for high MP cameras.

The sharpness of all lenses have increased a lot in the last 10 years. So I would advise to start looking for newer version of lenses.

Probably the same can be said about AF and image stabilisation performance.

 

 

Do you have a d500 or d5100? Your profile says a D5100 and your post says D500.

This makes a difference, as the D5100 probably doesn't work with the old AF lenses (no AF engine in the body).

The D500 as high end camera does have it.



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Posted 03 February 2017 - 11:45 AM

Why?  For example, VR is not much help for birds in flight, and internal focus primes do not pump dust.

Nikon does not offer primes longer than 300mm that most would consider easily hand-holdable.

When spending ~ $1500 for a D500, another $2500 or so for lens + teleconverter can be daunting.



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Posted 06 February 2017 - 05:33 AM

Why?  For example, VR is not much help for birds in flight, and internal focus primes do not pump dust.

Nikon does not offer primes longer than 300mm that most would consider easily hand-holdable.

When spending ~ $1500 for a D500, another $2500 or so for lens + teleconverter can be daunting.

 

I can understand you will start using used lenses from the previous generation, but 20 year old lenses? Lenses which are not made for the high resolution cameras?

 

Also for birds in flight you want to have good AF. The newer lenses will most likely perform better on a D500.

While VR is not always useful, but there could be situation that it could help, therefore I wouldn't dismiss it that quickly. 

 

Also there are some very affordable lenses for wild life photography (Nikon 200-500, Sigma & Tamron 150-600) which are in the $1000-$2000 range and will be significantly better then anything available in of the older lenses series, except the very expensive primes.

 

I don't see any reason why to use those old lenses, except if you like the rendering of these. (Or you already have an old lens and don't want to buy a new one)



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Posted 07 February 2017 - 03:35 PM

Cheap reverse ring set up for someone wanting to do mega close macro...maybeeee.




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