Old Nikon AF lenses

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  1. jamiebonline

    jamiebonline TPF Noob!

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    Hi all,

    I am looking for recommendations on older AF zoom lenses for Nikon. I have a DX body (not wanting to be too personal) and I am interested in a 24-80 or so range (35mm equiv). I could get a kit lens like the 18-55 but thought there might be something of similar price but better. It can also be third party. Thanks!


     
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    You body most likely cannot drive old AF lens and you need to use AF-S lenses.

    I'd ask what camera you own--to confirm--but it seems that's too personal a question.
     
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    astroNikon 'ya all Bananas I tell 'ya Supporting Member

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    Any D3x00 or d5x00 camera requires AF-S for autofocus. Thus AF lenses will NOT AF on those bodies.

    If you have a d7x00 (or older d70, d90) and above that have a focus motor in the body then you can use older AF/AF-D lenses and have them AutoFocus.

    At that point the question comes up are you looking for a general lens or more of a pro f/2.8 lens or something in between?

    The 35-70/2.8 was an old pro lens but suffers from flare issues when directed towards a light. But super sharp and great colors.

    The 28-80 variable aperture lenses are CHEAP and SHARP. There was a Lens Across America on this lens last year or the year before with excellent results (other than that it broke).

    I use a 24-85/2.8-4.0 which is still on the "top" lens lists for FF cameras.

    Expanding a bit, I als0 a 80-200/2.8, and a 18-35/AF-D. All great lenses and you save so much money that it's easy to upgrade to a better body because of it, even up to FF.

    And if you like primes. 24/2.8 AF-D, 50/1.8 or 1.4 AF-D, 85/1.4 or 1.8 .. there's also 20mm and 18mm lenses.
    all great lenses and you can save tons of $$ compared to the modern counterparts. If you like manual focus then AI-S lenses are also available.

    of course, they are all used.
    Edit: they actually still make a few AI-S and AF-D lenses.
     
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    Hi again, thanks a lot. There is a focus motor in my Nikon luckily
     
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    Then you're set.
     
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    Well recommendations will be different based on your camera body of course, when I had the APS-C sensor D7100, I had a Tamron 17-50 2.8 without a built in focus motor that I used quite a bit. Very nice lens, paid just a little over $100 for it used.

    Now that I'm shooting a D600 FX, I switched to a Tamron 28-75mm 2.8 since the 17-50 was designed for DX format.
     
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