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Lenses for F5 and D3

Discussion in 'Nikon Chat' started by GlennM, Feb 16, 2012.

  1. GlennM

    GlennM Well-Known Member

    Hello,

    This question may seem a little mundane to most, but I am totally new to Nikon, and in view of the various fittings, and sensor sizes I just wanted a simple confirmation of the following;

    Can I use the same AF F mount lenses on both the F5 and the D3?

    Thank you for your time and replies.

    Best Regards

    GlennM
     
  2. AlecM

    AlecM MiniMe

    Hi Glenn,
    Basically, the F mount is a standard size and shape that, since 1959 all Nikon SLRs and DSLRs have used and use.
    The basic rule is, on the models you have, all lenses will work, though if they are modern ones, you'll go for FX rather than DX. I would check out the G lenses (no aperture ring) first too. I think the D3 will be fine, but not sure about F5.
    Clearly, if they are MF lenses, you won't have autofocus, but I believe both the D3 and F5 have built in motors to drive the older AF-D autofocus lenses (some of the newer, lower spec DSLRs can only use the AF-S lenses to autofocus).
    There are so many variants, THIS might explain better than I can!
    :D
     
  3. GlennM

    GlennM Well-Known Member

    Alec,

    Many thanks for your very detailed response, and the web link which is very useful.

    Time has come to take the plunge and buy a Nikon.

    Best Regards

    GlennM
     
  4. Fen

    Fen Well-Known Member

    Welcome to the Dark Side :D
     
  5. GlennM

    GlennM Well-Known Member

    Thanks Fen....................I am sure you used to be a regular on the Olympus chat ??!!??

    I take it you have crossed over as well

    Best Regards

    GlennM
     
  6. Fen

    Fen Well-Known Member

    Not an Olympus user... I used to hang around the Minolta and Canon areas but got rid of my Canon digital stuff and went to Nikon when the D3 came out. Superb camera!
     
  7. AlecM

    AlecM MiniMe

    ...and I've just bought an OM10 and a couple of lenses to play with!!

    All about feel with cameras - Nikon is best (for me!) but I'm happy to make room for others.
     
  8. AlecM

    AlecM MiniMe

    Go for it- great cameras, even greater lenses!
    Plenty of info in here to get you started and keep you going too.
    :D
     
  9. GlennM

    GlennM Well-Known Member

    Fen,

    I have been thinking of buying the D3, but then got waylaid this afternoon by an article on the new D800, I will have to wait longer and save more, why do they give us such choices.........

    BR

    Glenn
     
  10. GlennM

    GlennM Well-Known Member

    Thanks again Alec, I hope you have fun with the OM. I have a modest collection of OM stuff including the legendary Zuiko SHIFT 24mm f/3.5 which is awesome for wide cityscape scenes. Going forward I intend to keep the bulk of my OM collection, maybe just thin it down a bit, I have five OM bodies and two 200mm lenses neither of which I have ever used, and 21, 24 and 28mm lenses (I am sure one can go) and put the monies towards some nice prime Nikkors.

    I understand the main zoom to have is the new Nikkor 28-300mm VR, and when I win the lottery the Nikkor 14 - 24mm f2.8.

    Now that the decision has been made it's going to be fun to get to know a new system, and experiment and no doubt I will be in and out of here with some questions.

    Thanks for your thoughts and advice

    All the best

    GlennM
     
  11. Fen

    Fen Well-Known Member

    I don't know anything about the 28-300mm VR, but Nikon have the 'Holy Trinity' of lenses.

    They are:

    14-24mm f/2.8G ED AF-S NIKKOR - £1299.00

    24-70mm f/2.8G ED AF-S NIKKOR - £1215.00

    AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II - £1599.00

    I've got the first two, the 24-70mm is hardly ever off my camera! That combined with the D3 and you've got the perfect weapon for event shoots :cool:
     
  12. AlecM

    AlecM MiniMe

    I now have all three of these and I would honestly say - aside from needing any specialist kit (macro / tilt / super fast / telephoto) 99% of your needs will be met, especially paired with the D3. They are called the holy trinity, because when you tell your wife / bank manager / partner you have bought three new lenses they will cry 'Holy *********' when you reveal the price!

    I don't know about the 28-300 specifically, but I'd be wary of any lens with quite such a focal range. there will be a lot of optical compromises there. It may look to cover all bases in one go, but (and again I have not specific proof) I'm certain it won't be of the same quality as two or three lenses covering the same range (again, this will depend on the price point).
    :)
     
  13. Fen

    Fen Well-Known Member

    *plots a method of getting AlecM's AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II without him knowing it has gone missing*
     
  14. AlecM

    AlecM MiniMe

    ...now I wonder when that nice man will send my 70-200 back? He did say he only wanted to look at it!!



    But my, what big teeth he had! ;)
     
  15. Learning

    Learning Ethelred the Ill-Named

    I don't understand why anybody going to the expense of a D800 would use a 28-300. I would think that even with a D3 the optical imperfections in the lens would be the limiting factor for image quality.
     
  16. GlennM

    GlennM Well-Known Member


    I must admit that looking at the overall coverage of this zoom, there must be some compromises, however, I am new to Nikkor lenses, and as I understand it the lens I quoted is a newish product, incorporating the latest Nikkor technology.

    This article by Ken Rockwell (http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/28-300mm.htm) sings it's praises but I was really looking for some validation from genuine everyday Nikon users that this lens is truly as good as is supposed to be.

    For what it is worth I understand the RRP to be around £900.

    BR

    Glenn
     
    Last edited: Feb 17, 2012
  17. GlennM

    GlennM Well-Known Member

    Fen and Alec,

    Many thanks for your comments on the holy trinity, the 14-24mm f/2.8G ED AF-S NIKKOR was already on my list, and will hopefully be an early acquisition. Yesterday I was looking at the huge range of lenses made, and I am glad I now know which are the best, so that's the wish list sorted. The Financial Director (wife) and bank manager are not going to like it........... but then I always remind her I could always have an expensive hobby............like flying.

    Thanks again for your help

    BR

    Glenn
     
  18. Learning

    Learning Ethelred the Ill-Named

    A long time ago I sang the praises of the Nikon 18-200. Unfortunately I share a weakness with Ken R. We both seem to be impressed by things new. I now know better. wide ratio zooms for anything other than cine/video cameras are at best optimistic but normally sadly lacking in image quality. The latest DSLRS from any manufacturer are very demanding on the capabilities of their lenses and owners.
    The holy trinity are another matter altogether. Actually they are part of a quartet, but the cost of the final member 200-400 is a bit much unless you are a real addict.
     
    Last edited: Feb 17, 2012
  19. AlecM

    AlecM MiniMe

    I'll have to contest that ;) I have the holy quartet and it's all f2.8 - the final one being the 300mm VRII. Its a cracking lens. But I do admit to being very biased.....;)

    Haven't got the 200-400; hmm a weakness in my armoury perhaps.......:D
     
  20. mediaman

    mediaman Well-Known Member

    Have not got the 200-400, but do have the 80-400 [1P change from £1200 ]
     

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