no nikon f/4

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    Is there a reason why there doesnt seem to be any nikon mount lenses that are f4. Is that a canon thing only or am i missing something.
     
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    There are...but they're more expensive...most go down to 2.8 as well...

    Or do you want 4.0 instead of 2.8?

    There's the 12-24mm
    200-400mm
    200mm
    300mm
    400mm
    500mm
    600mm
    etc, etc, etc...

    Just look around and you'll find em.
     
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    I have no idea what you are talking about.

    Current production has:

    200mm f/4 IF-ED Micro
    300mm f/4 AF-S
    500mm f/4G ED VR
    500mm f/4 IF-ED II
    600mm f/4G ED VR
    600mm f/4 IF-ED II
    12-24 G f/4 IF-ED
    200-400 f/4 IF-ED

    There may be even more than that, but those are some that come to mind.
     
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    Sorry i meant more in the normal range :). Like a 17-40 or 17-85 or so.
     
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    The reason i ask is im probably getting a d80 or d200 soon, and i'm looking to get a high quality starter lens but dont want the jump in price that the 2.8's cause. Might just end up going with a couple primes instead.
     
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    You don't need f/4 for a starter lens most times.

    You can get lenses like the 3.5-5.6 in most ranges...and they aren't horrible.


    However...there are some 2.8 lenses that aren't TOO expensive.

    There is no point in making a cheap zoom a constant f/4...
    cause it'd be cheap as hell to make up for the fact it's f/4
    Making a fast lens and making a zoom a constant aperture both cost money...so you can't have good/fast/cheap in the same zoom lens.

    Now...if you want a starter lens, I'm sure you will be fine with a variable maximum aperture in most cases.
     
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    i dont really care for variable aperture. 5.6 is just too slow in a lot of cases for me, i do a lot of night-time and low light photography, sounds like prime might be the way to go.
     
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    D200's open up a large list of AI non-autofocus lenses for very cheap
     
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    Even if they are easier to manufacture and thereby giving you more lens for the money? Even if at the wide angle you get better than f/4?

    What you're saying to me makes little sense.
     
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    when i shooting in low light a lot of the time im zoomed in fully or almost fully, so im going to be shooting at the 5.6 end of the aperture is what i meant.
     
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    So get a lens that can do F/2.8 and set it to F/4. 3rd party lenses are a VERY strong option for you in this area.

    There is just no reason to lmit yourself to a F/4 prime unless it is a very long telephoto.

    For a little more than the price of a kit lens you can have an excellent constant aperture F/2.8 and get superior results.

    No need to get a nice camera like a D200 and slap a slow and low quality or kit lens on it!
     
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    no i meant f4 zoom if i go prime ill get faster, the variable doesnt seem to bad either, i keep forgetting i can just up the iso lol.
     

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