snubbr.com

Nikon D40: Auto-focus: Yes..?
Alright - so I am a newbie trying to work my way through buying my first D-SLR and I beleive that autofocus is one of the capabilities that is high on priority list for me..

So, when I read Nikon D40's specification on this site, it says "Auto Focus: Yes" but when I read the camera review, it marks out that absence of motor pin that would not allow the lens without their own motor to autofocus is one of the biggest D40 drawbacks..

So, the question is, what does that "Yes" on the digital specification page refer to? Is it referring to D40's camera chip capability to identify contrast and send across info to motorized lens to set a certain focus?.

If so, what thing on the digital specification talks about presence/ absence of this motor for lens focus - just as I want to make sure I dont land up buying one that says "Auto Focus: Yes" but coulnt auto focus without lens with a motor..

ThanksP..

Comments (11)

Geekybiz wrote:.

If so, what thing on the digital specification talks about presence/absence of this motor for lens focus - just as I want to make sure Idont land up buying one that says "Auto Focus: Yes" but coulnt autofocus without lens with a motor..

The D40, D40x and D60 lack a body AF motor. These cameras will AF with lenses with motors (i.e. Nikon AF-S and AF-I, Sigma HSM, or other lenses that indicate they have a focus motor in the lens). They will not AF with body driven AF lenses..

Seen in a fortune cookie:Fear is the darkroom where negatives are developed..

Comment #1

Consider the Pentax K100D. Anti-shake built-in which will work with virtually every lens ever built for Pentax SLRs. Good range of lenses, growing all the time. Bonus is you will save loads not having to buy those VR lenses..

The D40 arguably has slightly better permance stats but the K100D gives you auto bracketing and depth of field preview which the D40 doesn't. If you really want the Nikon lenses then go for the D40, otherwise I'd suggest the Penyax route as a good alternative...

Comment #2

Ok, this really is a no-brainer to me..

Yes, the D40, D40x, and the D60 require that lenses have a motor built in to auto focus. These lenses are designated AFS or AFI in the Nikon lineup or HSM in the Sigma lineup..

That said, all new lenses by Nikon or anyone are AFS. Nikon has more AFS lenses that many manufacturers have in total..

Finally, if you bought a more expensive Nikon like the D80 that can use non-AFS lenses, you probably wouldn't. AFS or HSM lenses just work better, faster and more reliably. There might be some lens out there that isn't AFS now which you might want, but in short order, it too will be AFS. That's all they're coming out with anymore..

I wouldn't even consider this a negative with the D40 for any reason whatsoever. It's a great little camera with a spot meter (many don't have this) that will take great images right out of the box. Moreover, you'll have access to the best glass in the world, Nikon glass..

One more thing. Almost every lens Nikon has made since 1959 will mount on that little D40. Some won't meter and some won't autofocus, but they'll work manually. The best light meter in the world is the histogram the D40 creates to tell you what exposure to use, or just look at the back LCD. You can shop pawn shops and garage sales knowing that any lense you find for a few bucks that was made to fit a Nikon will hook up to your D40. That's a lot of fun right there..

Have fun...

Comment #3

Guidenet:Thanks - you made an interesting point..

I'm basically a newbie learning about features and at the same time using this newly acquired knowledge to determine what to pick. Being low on budget, Nikon D40 certainly appeared a goodie for me to start till I noticed the motor heck. After reading your post, I did a search on Amazon for nikon lens and as a sample found all lens appearing in search result to be AF-S except one - kind of convincing enough a point. So you think the normal beginner within budget lens would make it with AF-S too?.

I dont have a hard budget limit in mind but I feel I dont want to invest too much since my preferences may change as I learn more...

Comment #4

Geekybiz wrote:.

Enough a point. So you think the normal beginner within budget lenswould make it with AF-S too?.

I dont have a hard budget limit in mind but I feel I dont want toinvest too much since my preferences may change as I learn more..

The D40 is generally sold as a "kit" with the body, battery and one or two lenses- the lenses will be AF-S lenses (be sure you get a Nikon kit, not some thrown together manufacturer's kit.) All you'll need is a memory card or two..

The D40 is one of, if not the most successful beginner's dSLR camera. All of Nikon's recent zoom lenses are AF-S lenses..

Paulhttp://PaulDRobertson.imagekind.com..

Comment #5

Guidenet wrote:.

That said, all new lenses by Nikon or anyone are AFS. Nikon has moreAFS lenses that many manufacturers have in total..

The biggest gap is fast primes under 200mm. These aren't AF-S, so will not AF on the D40/D40x/D60. Lenses like the 50mm f/1.8, 35mm f/2, etc..

The only fast short primes that will AF are the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 and (soon) 50mm f/1.4..

Finally, if you bought a more expensive Nikon like the D80 that canuse non-AFS lenses, you probably wouldn't..

There is a huge market in used Nikon and third party AF lenses. These won't AF on the D40/D40x/D60..

I wouldn't even consider this a negative with the D40 for any reasonwhatsoever..

I think the above two segments could be a very big negative, or not, depending on the individual's needs..

Have fun..

I second that..

Seen in a fortune cookie:Fear is the darkroom where negatives are developed..

Comment #6

Paul Robertson wrote:.

Geekybiz wrote:.

Enough a point. So you think the normal beginner within budget lenswould make it with AF-S too?.

I dont have a hard budget limit in mind but I feel I dont want toinvest too much since my preferences may change as I learn more..

The D40 is generally sold as a "kit" with the body, battery and oneor two lenses- the lenses will be AF-S lenses (be sure you get aNikon kit, not some thrown together manufacturer's kit.) All you'llneed is a memory card or two..

The D40 is one of, if not the most successful beginner's dSLR camera.All of Nikon's recent zoom lenses are AF-S lenses..

Paulhttp://PaulDRobertson.imagekind.com.

Hi I just wanted to say that I have just purchased a Nikon D40 and I am a complete novice. I got it because of the reviews and the lenses were not an issue for me because I knew that any Nikon lens would fit it and like you I also did an ebay search and found that most were AF-S anyway..

It is brilliant, I had it out of the box, battery charged assembled and first photo's taken within an hour. If I knew how to post photo's I would show you. All taken on auto, bloomin' brilliant camera and very comfy to use.......and I'm a girl!!! I don't think you'll be disappointed if you're a beginner with dslr's. imho..

Comment #7

All new autofocus Nikon lenses announced since 2003 have been AF-S and not the older screw drive AF type. All Canon lenses since 1987 have been the equivalent of AF-S. Canon changed mounts back then to howls of protest from the owners of older systems. Nikon has been much more evolutionary in their approach..

There is a tolerably accurate list of lenses that will AF on the D40 here:.

Http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikond60/page3.asp.

There is a gap in prime lenses which is very slowly being filled..

It is not at all easy to manual focus with the D40 or a similar camera so stick with autofocus lenses..

Chris Elliott.

*Nikon* D Eighty + Fifty - Other equipment in Profile.

Http://PlacidoD.Zenfolio.com/..

Comment #8

Geekybiz wrote:.

I did asearch on Amazon for nikon lens and as a sample found all lensappearing in search result to be AF-S except one - kind of convincingenough a point. So you think the normal beginner within budget lenswould make it with AF-S too?.

I dont have a hard budget limit in mind but I feel I dont want toinvest too much since my preferences may change as I learn more..

Nickleback has summed it up - the only lenses you might have wanted to buy which won't AF are the 50mm f/1.8 and maybe 35mm f/2 and 85mm f/1.8. The 50mm is the main loss as it is so cheap and very good. And the 85mm f/1.8 is great on my D200. But Sigma et al are bringing out (more expensive) substitutes..

In terms of macro, long telephotos and medium range, you are totally covered with a D40/D60 - at varying cost....

Alex.

Http://alexandjustine.smugmug.com/..

Comment #9

Thanks a lot folks for all this information - I see your point on AFS lens. A couple of more questions as follow up:.

I've read at many places to not get into kit lens as they are normally not good enough - you folks think this is correct for a beginner? Asking since if it is, I will prefer hunting for an AFS lens and D40 body only. Any ways, eventually I do intend to add up to my artillery a few lenses but not right away - so another question is - will I be able to find "in beginner budget" a wide-angle and a telephoto lens? (I do intend to look at third party lens as well).

I just want to make sure that I dont end up spending extra on lens because an equivalent "in budget" lens that I like doesnt have AFS. Unfortunately, I havent been blessed with extra cash to shell for now and thats why I am being too finicky around this factor..

Thanks again!Helps a lotP..

Comment #10

Geekybiz wrote:.

Thanks a lot folks for all this information - I see your point on AFSlens. A couple of more questions as follow up:.

I've read at many places to not get into kit lens as they arenormally not good enough - you folks think this is correct for abeginner? Asking since if it is, I will prefer hunting for an AFS.

Nikon's kit lenses are usually good, so as long as it's not a vendor-put together kit, you should be fine..

Lens and D40 body only. Any ways, eventually I do intend to add up tomy artillery a few lenses but not right away - so another question is- will I be able to find "in beginner budget" a wide-angle and atelephoto lens? (I do intend to look at third party lens as well).

Nikon makes a two-lens kit that goes from wide to telephoto. I don't think they sell the D40 as a body-only purchase. I'd recommend the single-lens kit while you're getting familiar with the camera and deciding what lens should be next..

Paulhttp://PaulDRobertson.imagekind.com..

Comment #11

Click Here to View All...

Sponsored Amazon Deals:

1. Get big savings on Amazon warehouse deals.
2. Save up to 70% on Amazon Products.


This question was taken from a support group/message board and re-posted here so others can learn from it.

 

Categories: Home | Diet & Weight Management | Vitamins & Supplements | Herbs & Cleansing |

Sexual Health | Medifast Support | Nutrisystem Support | Medifast Questions |

Web Hosting | Web Hosts | Website Hosting | Hosting |

Web Hosting | GoDaddy | Digital Cameras | Best WebHosts |

Web Hosting FAQ | Web Hosts FAQ | Hosting FAQ | Hosting Group |

Hosting Questions | Camera Tips | Best Cameras To Buy | Best Cameras This Year |

Camera Q-A | Digital Cameras Q-A | Camera Forum | Nov 2010 - Cameras |

Oct 2010 - Cameras | Oct 2010 - DSLRs | Oct 2010 - Camera Tips | Sep 2010 - Cameras |

Sep 2010 - DSLRS | Sep 2010 - Camera Tips | Aug 2010 - Cameras | Aug 2010 - DSLR Tips |

Aug 2010 - Camera Tips | July 2010 - Cameras | July 2010 - Nikon Cameras | July 2010 - Canon Cameras |

July 2010 - Pentax Cameras | Medifast Recipes | Medifast Recipes Tips | Medifast Recipes Strategies |

Medifast Recipes Experiences | Medifast Recipes Group | Medifast Recipes Forum | Medifast Support Strategies |

Medifast Support Experiences |

 

(C) Copyright 2010 All rights reserved.