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Is a Nikkor D type the same as a G type lens?
Old 02-18-2003, 06:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am interested in purchasing a big zoom lens that I won't need to use that often. I was looking at the Nikkor 70-300 4/5.6 and noticed they came as a G type and D type lens. I know the G type has no aperature ring but other than that I cannot find more information. My main concern is the quality the same as that of the D type? I don't have a need for an aperature ring as my camera doesn't use it so this would save me a bit of money on a lens. For a consumer lens, I consider the shots I've seen rather impressive in contrast and sharpness.
 
 
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Nikon is coming out with a new lens. New AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G IF-ED lens. Coming out in April 2003.
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Re: Is a Nikkor D type the same as a G type lens?
Old 02-18-2003, 07:43 PM   #3 (permalink)
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All I know about the "G" lens is that they have vibration reduction control (think of it as a lens with a built in gyroscope) and Nikon just released them in the U.S. today.

More info at this link:
http://www.nikonusa.com/usa_product/...ductNr=2139NAS

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Re: Is a Nikkor D type the same as a G type lens?
Old 02-18-2003, 08:30 PM   #4 (permalink)
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My only concern with a lens such as the Nikkor 70-300 4/5.6 is the fact that those lenses with the variable f-stop (4/5.6) range tend to be lower in quality and not as durable than the regular lenses with one maximum f stop.

Also at 300mm your widest aperture will be f5.6 which will limit you to shooting in very bright situations only. Indoor photography at that focal length will be virtually impossible unless you are using a super fast film.
 
 
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Okay folks. I made a mistake in an earlier post. The "D" lenses supply Distance information back to the TTL flashes (i.e. SB28 and newer) for cameras that can use it for exposure control (N70 and newer).

As you surmised, the G lenses have no F-Stop ring, which is what the "G" signifies. At first, the were only consumer grade lenses, which the lens you are looking at is, but some of the newer ED lenses that were just announce are also "G" to go with the newer autofocus bodies (i.e. the older lenses cold be used on manual focus bodies, NIKON is slowly phasing out this ability with newer lenses and the G series lenses will NOT be backward compatible with manual focus bodies). These will be pro-grade.

If you really want a budget 70-300, the 70-300 F4.5 ED is a much better lense optically and is more of a pro-sumer grade lens. Right now it has a $35 rebate, steet price is around $299. You can get it in excellent plus condition at www.keh.com for around $225. You still have a low F-stop, but for the money, it's a nice lens.

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Re: Is a Nikkor D type the same as a G type lens?
Old 02-18-2003, 09:58 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Sounds nice but..
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It seems to be a totally different lens therefore a totally different pricerange. My needs for this lens is that much so I wouldn't want to spend that much on the lens. It would comprise maybe 5% of all my image taking. Seems like it would be in the $1000-1300 price range. Is there price announced yet on it?
 
 
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I didn't know of KEH and see they have a number of used lenses available. I should be borrowing a D lens from someone and will be able to base my opinion on the lens from that.

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But with the amount that I would be using it, what I would be giving up (the variable f-stop) isn't that big of a deal. I would mostly be using it with either a controlled light source or bright outdoors anyway.
 
 
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The G lenses have nothing to do with the gyroscopic effect of that lens. That (I believe) is the VR. The G (from what I gather) is the camera controlled aperature. SO there is no aperature ring on the G type lenses. This helps reduce the cost of manufactoring the lens.
 
 
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