Using Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D with Nikon D70 DSLR

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Guest, Jul 21, 2005.

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    Guest Guest

    I have a Nikon D70 with the "kit" lens and am considering buying a Nikon AF
    Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D lens. Are there ANY features on the D70 that will not
    work with this lens? Also, the kit lens on the D70 does not have a
    mechanical aperature ring. Will the D70 work any differently with the 50mm
    lens since it does have a mechanical aperature ring? Any thoughts on the
    D70 with this lens is appreciated. Thanks.
    Guest, Jul 21, 2005
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    george Guest

    I have the 50mm f/1.8D and a D70, and no, I cannot think of any feature that
    does not work with that lens (it is a nice portrait lens). As for the
    aperture ring, you do what you've always done on any of their AF cameras
    (film or digital) and set it to its minimum (highest number) aperture and
    lock it there.

    george, Jul 21, 2005
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    Guest Guest

    Thanks for the reponse. I assume then that the aperature with this lens can
    not be set on the D70 but instead only on the lens itself. Have you had any
    problems with dust on the D70 while changing lenses? I'm paranoid about
    dust after reading about dust problems with the D70. Thanks again for your
    Guest, Jul 21, 2005
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    frederick Guest

    Other way around - you set the aperture on any "D" type lens via the
    aperture ring to minimum (highest f-stop). Then you set the aperture
    with the camera dial as normal. It will come up with the FEE message if
    the aperture is not on the highest stop.
    I change lenses frequently. Dust is not a huge problem. Point the
    camera down when changing lenses. Cleaning the sensor yourself is not
    that difficult. Don't get too paranoid about the odd spot visible in a
    test shot taken at f22. Unless the dust spots are big, they will most
    likely have no effect on your images taken at normal f-stops. I have
    cleaned my sensor filter twice using this method:
    frederick, Jul 21, 2005
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    Dimitris M Guest

    I assume then that the aperature with this lens can
    No. You must set the aperture to F22 and press a small locking button. Then
    the aperture is controlled by the camera, the exact same way as the 18-70
    kit lens is controlled. For ex if you set the D70 in Aperture Priority or
    manual, you will controll the aperture by the front camera wheel.

    The kit lens have an internal very fast motor for AF. The normal 50mm have
    not, so it uses the motor that is in the camera and for that reason it
    focuses slower (but not slow). Anyway, cause of his big aperture, it focuses
    very accurately. I like this lens. If you use it for portraits you can use
    it wide open. Otherwise it is very sharp from F4 to F11 (at least)
    I was also when I had only one lens. Now I have 4 and I may change the lens
    tenths of times every day. I only take care not to change lens in dusty
    surround and be fast and when I can, I prefer to keep the D70 openning face
    down. I had many times dust in the sensor, but till now, it was very easy
    cleaned by air only.
    Dimitris M
    Dimitris M, Jul 21, 2005
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    ian Guest

    Get it. It's cheap and top quality glass. It should work with no problems.
    Just put the aperture to the smallest and lock it in place.
    ian, Jul 21, 2005
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    Hunt Guest


    Yes, there are always dust, floater problems, especially with digital. I had
    to retouch out a tiny, irregular dust speck from 80+ images (damned!), but it
    is a fact of life. Be careful, and use compressed air carefully, very

    Don't know the 50 F/1.8, but most AF lenses have an aperture ring that will
    lock at the minimum aperture. Set that, as others have said, then use the
    aperture wheel on the D70, when set to M, S, or A (front wheel- I don't have
    the camera at hand, and it's not yet embedded in my memory, as are my F4's).

    Hunt, Jul 22, 2005
  8. No, it's the other way around. You should leave the aperture locked at
    minimum all the time and then you can set it from the camera.
    Andrew Koenig, Jul 22, 2005
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    george Guest

    No, the camera controls the aperture just as it does with any G series lens.
    You just set the lens to its minimum aperture (largest number) and lock it
    there. The reason for this is because when you set the minimum aperture you
    set the RANGE of apertures that the camera can choose and set...remember
    that it has "auto" aperture which means you view and focus at full, maximum
    aperture and the camera stops the lens down just as it is taking the
    photo...if you had the aperture dial on the lens set to, say, f/8.0 the
    camera would only have the range from f/1.8-f/8.0 available and it "knows"
    (via the chip in the lens) that it should have more available to it so the
    camera displays an error.

    george, Jul 22, 2005
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    Ken Tough Guest

    The f1.8 makes it good for low light, but the D70 has trouble
    focussing it in low light (I find). I think it's a bit better
    when using the centre focus point than other ones, but it does
    hunt a lot. I don't know whether the f1.4 is better, but for
    the price it's not a major bugbear.
    Ken Tough, Jul 23, 2005
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    Dimitris M Guest

    The f1.8 makes it good for low light, but the D70 has trouble
    My D70 with the kit lens and the focus aid light can focus well and fast as
    expected, even in total dark, if a subject with contrast found in the first
    4-5 meters. With the 50/1,8 it can focus even better cause of the brighter
    lens, just a little slower.

    If I have the SB600 flash on D70, it can focus perfectly, even in a white
    wall in 10m.

    So, if you have problem with this 50/1.8 lens, it may be a problem with your
    lens or your camera.
    Dimitris M, Jul 23, 2005
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    Ken Tough Guest

    I often tend to shoot on one of the focus areas away from the centre,
    in which case the AF assist light doesn't come on. With the light,
    indeed it does focus much better.
    Ken Tough, Jul 24, 2005
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    Dimitris M Guest

    I often tend to shoot on one of the focus areas away from the centre,
    I have lock my AF spot in the middle, so that explains this difference. I
    prefer the middle, cause I use to prerfocus in selected objects.
    Dimitris M, Jul 25, 2005
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