Nikon - Nikor??

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  1. Bogey

    Bogey TPF Noob!

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    Hello,

    I hate to start out with a stupid question, but I bought a D80 kit at Costco last year and well, they sell stuff, but don't really explain stuff. Both my lenses say "Nikon" on them, but I've read where they could be Nikor?? What is the difference between the two? I assume Nikon makes Nikor? (man, I'm showing my stupidity!)

    Qestion #2:
    I've had the camera about a year, I've taken a ton of pics, but I need to start expanding what I do. My "goal" is to take pics of waterfowl in flight. I'm intersted in getting a 200 - 400 lens. I've found a "Nikor" for around $1,350. I'm not ready to buy quite yet, I need to learn more about WHAT I'm buying...(and doing)

    Any help/suggestions would be most appreciated!

    Thank you,

    Bogey
     
  2. jkernitzki

    jkernitzki TPF Noob!

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    Nikkor is Nikon. That used to be the high-end glass, but nearly all Nikon lenses are labeled Nikkor now. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikkor


    Can't help with #2, I don't know the Nikon side (Canon guy...)
     
  3. itoncool

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    Nikon is the brand, the system and the camera name
    Nikkor is the lens (Nikkor is made by Nikon) - not Nikor -

    the AF-S 200-400VR f/4 IF ED is one of Nikkor greatest, and if this is what you are getting then I doubt it will cost "only" US$ 1,350 in useable condition, because I think at least you should spend minimum US$ 5,000 to get a new one.
     
  4. Helen B

    Helen B TPF Noob!

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    Quite an important extra 'k'. There are some low quality auxiliary lenses sold as 'Nikor' that have nothing to do with Nikon, and I presume that they are marked that way to attempt to fool people. There are also good quality stainless steel developing tanks with the Nikor brand. As far as I know these have nothing to do with the Nikon Corporation (their old name was Nippon Kogaku KK) either, but I don't know that for sure. Nikor tanks were marketed by Honeywell in the USA.

    In the past Nikon did sell some lenses at the lower end of their range that were not called 'Nikkor'.

    Best,
    Helen
     
  5. Bogey

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    Thanks very much for the help on question #1!

    Does this info help for question #2? Nikon Zoom Telephoto AF VR Zoom Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED Autofocus Lens - this is one of the lens I'm looking at for around $1,400

    Can anyone give me some feedback on this lens?

    THANKS!
     
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    kundalini Been spending a lot of time on here!

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  7. Bogey

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    thank you that was helpful!
     

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