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Discussion in '35mm Cameras and Accessories' started by ChristopherCoy, Aug 18, 2011.
Before I go attaching lenses to cameras, the 80-200 AF-D should work with my FM shouldn't it?
Manual focus "feel" won't be quite the same as an mf zoom. It's almost worth getting a cheap AF body like an N90s or 801s.
Does it have a tripod collar? Asking since there's more lens than camera with the petite FM.
It does have a tripod collar. It's the two ring version. I ask because it's the only non AFS lens we have.
The lens you cited is perfectly compatible with your FM. The 80-200/2.8 AFS ED-IF is equally compatible as it, too, has an aperture ring. It is the 'G' series of lenses that are incompatible due to the absence of an aperture ring. And any lens with the DX designation is a 'no-go'.
Though focusing manually with standard AF focusing screens means it doesn't snap into focus very well.
A mf body with a good screen/viewfinder will work much better for manual focusing.
And your point is? The 80-200AFD is wonderful on an AF body, more so than with a small MF body which the OP has. It will work OK on an FM.
AH! Makes perfect sense. Thanks!
A DX lens will focus an image on the film, but you will have to crop it to get rid of the black corners, and I think all DX lenses are G lenses, not sure, so no aperture control with the G lenses either. I had to do this once, and while I got the look I was going for, it was too much of a pain in the long run.
The OP was asking about using that lens on a MF body. It's quite possible that the OP prefers focusing manually (there are many reasons for such a preference, just as AF also has it's uses), in which case the AF models you mentioned would probably not deliver the most accurate focusing.
My "point" being that AF cameras are generally not an improvement over mf cameras for manual focusing, usually quite the opposite!