Help with future D7000 upgrade
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    Help with future D7000 upgrade

    by Kolchak » Sat Jan 28, 2012 10:29 pm

    Hi guys,

    I'm on the fence about whether to upgrade my D40 and I have a few questions regarding the D7000.

    My lens collection currently consists of an AF 50mm 1.8D, Sigma 10-20mm 4-5.6, AF-S 70-300mm VR and quite possibly by Tuesday an AF-S 24-70mm 2.8G ED N. :D
    Now, I've never used an DSLR with an AF motor before and I'm unsure how they operate. In the D7000 manual it states...
    AF Lenses
    Do not use AF lenses with the lens focus mode switch
    set to M and the camera focus-mode selector set to AF.
    Failure to observe this precaution could damage the
    camera.


    Does this refer to all lenses that autofocus or AF and or AF-D type lenses (AF 80-200mm f/2.8D)?
    If using the 70-300 or 24-70 do I set the camera to M while leaving the lenses on M/A or should they also be set to M?


    And as this would be alot of $$$ to drop on camera gear for me, are there any cons with using 24-70mm 2.8G and D7000?
    I had been considering the cheaper 16-85mm, but I'm able to pick up the 24-70mm for $1600 brand new Aussie stock, seemed like a good price and future-proofed too (FX).
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    by Remorhaz » Sun Jan 29, 2012 10:15 am

    I have a D7000 and before that a D90 with a range of lenses and I have to say I've never had the problem described.

    When I want to lock manual focus sometimes I flick the switch on the camera body and sometimes the one on the lens but I never do both and either appears to work without issues for me. Perhaps the problem is only with the mechanical screwdrive focused lenses (i.e. ones with no builtin motor - like your 50/1.8D - however I also used to own this lens and used it with my D90)

    The only con I could see with the 24-70 is that it is a big and heavy lens and on crop it's obviously going to be a 36-105 equiv without VR so not exactly wide and "might" be a little limiting depending on what you shoot. That said I'm sure there are many people with crop sensor bodies who do go the 24-70
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    by Kolchak » Sun Jan 29, 2012 11:30 am

    Cheers for reply Remorhaz, I'd tried googling for problem described in the manual but couldn't find any answers and my paranoia ensued. :lol:

    If the problem does only occur in mechanical screwdrive lenses then I'm relieved, I don't think my AF 50mm or 10-20mm has a MF switch on the barrel.


    The only con I could see with the 24-70 is that it is a big and heavy lens and on crop it's obviously going to be a 36-105 equiv without VR so not exactly wide and "might" be a little limiting depending on what you shoot.
    I was looking at it as a walk-around lens for an upcoming holiday, people rave about it so it hijacked my interest.
    I'm not married to the idea of buying one, so is there anything else you could recommend me that might be a bit more practical for an every situation walk-around lens?

    Cheers.
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    by Remorhaz » Sun Jan 29, 2012 1:39 pm

    Kolchak wrote:I was looking at it as a walk-around lens for an upcoming holiday, people rave about it so it hijacked my interest.
    I'm not married to the idea of buying one, so is there anything else you could recommend me that might be a bit more practical for an every situation walk-around lens?


    Only the crop sensor equivalents - e.g. the 17-50 or 17-55 2.8's

    I have the Tamron (non VC version) which is optically extremely good but not particularly well built - but it is very small & light (smaller/lighter than my 50/1.4) and extremely cheap for what you get. The new Sigma is supposed to be quite good (with ultrasonic AF and vibration reduction I think) for about double the price and then you've got the beast - the Nikon 17-55 for double again

    If you're not locked into a fast (f/2.8) lens then there are of course other options like the 17-70 and 16-85 you mentioned which give you a bit more range. I think Cameron has the 16-85?

    Perhaps try limiting yourself to 36mm and up for a while and see if you'd survive as a walkaround lens (although the 24-70 on the D7000 would be a big walkaround lens). I don't actually have one, havn't used one so I'm probably not the best to comment about it - there may be others on the forums who do use it on crop however?
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    by Kolchak » Sun Jan 29, 2012 6:21 pm

    I had a look through your blog and various flickr galleries and the Tamron 17-50 is one I'll definitely have to test out on Tuesday. Your nye shots look fantastic!

    In the meantime I'll break out my kit lens and do as you suggest and stick to 36mm+.

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