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Old 9th May 2014, 14:56   #12676
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Guys, what is the fastest way to identify if a lens has an AF motor or not ?
Let's say if I hand you a lens, and you only have a camera with a compatible mount, how will you identify it ?

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Old 9th May 2014, 15:07   #12677
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I just own the Prime 50mm lens on my Nikon D5100. Need a zoom or telephoto lens for regular use. Budget under 20K, but can extend by 2-3k. Any pointers.
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Guys, what is the fastest way to identify if a lens has an AF motor or not ?
Let's say if I hand you a lens, and you only have a camera with a compatible mount, how will you identify it ?
For Nikon lenses, If Lens mentions "AF-S" then it has a focus motor. Similar markers are there for Sigma /Tamron / Opteka.
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Old 9th May 2014, 16:26   #12679
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70 d has built in GPS/WiFi, not sure about the 7d. 7D may have dual memory slot, which 70d lacks.
7D does not have either GPS/WiFi or dual memory slot. I think at a basic level, the lens is more important than the camera. More thought and investment should go into the glass than in the camera.
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Old 9th May 2014, 16:47   #12680
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For Nikon lenses, If Lens mentions "AF-S" then it has a focus motor. Similar markers are there for Sigma /Tamron / Opteka.
NFB, thanks

Considering a Nikkor, - let's say the lens doesn't have a marking. I put the lens on the camera body. Then what do I do ?
(Reason I mention this point is that I don't remember all the nomenclatures of Nikkor lenses)
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Considering a Nikkor, - let's say the lens doesn't have a marking. I put the lens on the camera body. Then what do I do ?
(Reason I mention this point is that I don't remember all the nomenclatures of Nikkor lenses)
Autofocus / Aperture Range / Filter thread size must be present on all Nikkor lenses near the mount. E.g.: these lenses (AF vs AF-S).

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Otherwise, you can try clicking few pictures. Focus wont work (metering might still work in some lenses).
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Old 9th May 2014, 19:23   #12682
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Let's say if I hand you a lens, and you only have a camera with a compatible mount, how will you identify it ?

Remember - no access to Google
If the camera body doesn't have the autofocus motor, like my D40, I shall mount the lens and set it to autofocus. If it focusses automatically then it has the motor.

Sorry, that's a crude way.
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Ordered Nikkor 35mm 1.8 G from Amazon @8.2k for my D5200.
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Old 10th May 2014, 19:10   #12684
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I use a Nikon D3100 and am looking to get an ultra wide angle lens. A few affordable ones I found include,
  • Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8
  • Tokina AT- X Pro 12-24 II mm f/4.0
  • Sigma 10-20 mm f/4.0-5.6 EX HSM

Which do you recommend for better IQ ?
Any other options ? The Nikon 12-24mm is not within my budget.
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I use a Nikon D3100 and am looking to get an ultra wide angle lens. A few affordable ones I found include,
  • Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8
  • Tokina AT- X Pro 12-24 II mm f/4.0
  • Sigma 10-20 mm f/4.0-5.6 EX HSM

Which do you recommend for better IQ ?
Any other options ? The Nikon 12-24mm is not within my budget.
My suggestion will be go with the Tokina 11-16. The f2.8 will be really handy in case of low light plus the lens is really a sharp lens. Am using this lens for the last 3 years for my canon body am am completely satisfied with it.
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My suggestion will be go with the Tokina 11-16. The f2.8 will be really handy in case of low light plus the lens is really a sharp lens. Am using this lens for the last 3 years for my canon body am am completely satisfied with it.
Thanks for the quick reply. Does it have the built in AF motor?
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Thanks for the quick reply. Does it have the built in AF motor?
Yes for my Canon it do have an AF motor.
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D3200 + 18-55mm lens + 55-200mm lens + bag: $529
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Go with T3i if prices are close to D3200. It has articulating LCD that helps with come compositions. It is in the league of D5100.

Price for D3200 seems to be high. Price of D3200 with 18-55 in 26k on Flipkart.
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Get the D3300. It is a much better and faster camera, and the cost differential is not much.
I just realised that the 2 lenses that came in the package don't have image stabilisation in them.

How much of a significance will the lack of VR make?
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I just realised that the 2 lenses that came in the package don't have image stabilisation in them.

How much of a significance will the lack of VR make?
If you want to do low light photography without a tripod and flash, it will make a difference for obtaining sharp results.
For example, most people can take handheld photos that are usable at shutter speeds of 1/ effective focal length in use. For an 18-55 zoom, on a 3200, the effective focal length is around 80mm at the 55 mm end. Which means a shutter speed of 1/80 or faster. With VR capability, this changes to 1/30, even 1/20 maybe. Of course, subject motion will still be visible, the VR takes care of just camera shake.
For a longer lens, this becomes even more of an issue. Irrelevant though, if you are using a tripod.
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(AF vs AF-S).
Thanks, @NFB. Looks like the key is plain AF vs AF-S, AF-I.


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I just realised that the 2 lenses that came in the package don't have image stabilisation in them.
@Libranof1987 - where did you buy it from ? you are quoting in $.

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Looks like you got it from Amazon.com ?
Amazon lists the D3200 with 18-55 VR @ $496, and the
D3200 with 18-55 & 55-200 NON-VR for $526

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