Which DSLR for my Nikkor 50mm 1.4

Discussion in 'Digital Discussion & Q&A' started by DennisVR, Jan 14, 2010.

  1. DennisVR

    DennisVR TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2010
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Belgium
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Recently i bought a Sony HDR-CX505VE Camcorder. Surfing around the net i learned about 35mm adapters, which allow to put photo lenses on your camcorder to get a more cinematic/photographic look. So i got a Handy35 and a Nikkor 50mm 1.4(i believe AI) from ebay.
    Results of this setup can be seen here: Dennis Van Roeyen's videos on Vimeo

    But being so excited about this lens i would like to put it on a DSLR. But i want to limit my budget to 200euro. From what i read glass is more important than body anyway.

    I think a Nikon D70 might fit the bill. I read some good reviews. But since most reviews originate from the time the D70 was released, what's today's opinion on a Nikon D70 to get started in DSLR land. Or would you recommend another DSLR ? I also read a D70 won't be able to do any metering with this lens, but what does that have as a consequence ?
     
  2. Garbz

    Garbz No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2003
    Messages:
    9,713
    Likes Received:
    203
    Location:
    Brisbane, Australia
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    The D70 was a fine camera, but it doesn't compare feature nor quality wise to today's entry level cameras. The problem though is the bottom 3 or so models of camera (including the D40 and D60) will not autofocus with that lens. You need a camera with an in body AF motor. So even though the new offerings are good and better than the D70, unless you're willing to expand your budget you may not do too much better.
     
  3. EJKelehan

    EJKelehan TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2009
    Messages:
    24
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Elk Ridge, MD
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    The D90 will be the cheapest camera that is still in production that will autofocus with that lens. You are looking at $700ish for the D90 body only.
     
  4. DennisVR

    DennisVR TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2010
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Belgium
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    What about the D200 or D700 ?
     
  5. EJKelehan

    EJKelehan TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2009
    Messages:
    24
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Elk Ridge, MD
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    The d700 will start around $2300 new, and the D200, which I don't know too much about, seems to go used for about $700-$1000. i would recommend buying a newer camera though, as technology is advancing in leaps and bounds.
     
  6. DennisVR

    DennisVR TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2010
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Belgium
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Wait a minute. That lens is a manual focus lens, how would any camera be able to autofocus with it ?
     
  7. iskoos

    iskoos TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2009
    Messages:
    187
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Orlando, FL
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
  8. EJKelehan

    EJKelehan TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2009
    Messages:
    24
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Elk Ridge, MD
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    oh geez, i missed the AI reference, so yes, it should mount on any camera but will definitely be manual focus.
     
  9. Dwig

    Dwig TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2009
    Messages:
    1,261
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Key West FL
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Actually, the OP said "AI (I guess)" so there is no way to say with any certainty that it would mount on all Nikon DSLRs. If his guess is correct it will, but if the lens is actually pre-AI and unconverted it won't mount on any Nikon DSLR other than the D40, D40x, D60, D3000, and D5000.

    Dennis VR: If you want an accurate answer please either post a set of pictures of the lens in question or state exactly which of the many (some 6+ variants of the Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 you have.
     

Share This Page

Search tags for this page
ais 50 1.4 review
,
d70 & nikkor 50 f1.4 ais
,
how to mount nikon 50mm f1.4 ai to dslr
,

nikkor 50 1.4 ais review

,

nikkor 50mm 1.4 ai

,
nikon 50 1.4 dslt compatibility
,

nikon 50mm f/1.4 ai compatibility

,
nikon lens 50mm f1.4 ai can be use to nikon dslr?
,
nikon nikkor 50mm f/1.4 ais manual focus lens with d5000
,
setting for 50mm 1.4 ai on d90