Nikon 50mm 1.8 ais... will it fit my F80 and..
...will i be able to use the F80 built in light metering system, when using this manual focus lens?
Ive tried to google the issue but failed in finding answers... once more, I turn to the wonderful APUG forums! hope some of you out there can help me. Should I get the 50mm for my F80?
It'll fit, but it won't meter.
You need AF lenses to meter with the F80. Well, technically there are a couple of manual-focus lenses that will meter (the AI-P supertelephotos) but they are hyper-expensive and quite uncommon.
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Like the previous posters said, you can mount the lens and use it, but you can't meter with it - not even using stop-down metering.
So, basically (for all practical purposes)*, the usable lenses on your F80 are only AF (autofocus) lenses.
* You can take photos with AI-S (non-AF) lenses, but only manually and without any metering. You could meter a scene with another, AF lens, and then mount the non-AF (MF) lens to take a photo - but it's not very practical.
If that's a problem, i.e. if you have other manual focus AI lenses (which can be purchased rather cheaply, BTW), your other option is to get another Nikon AF body, which can use both the AF and MF lenses - e.g. F801 (in US nomenclature that's N8008), which can be bought quite cheaply, and is quite a rugged body, or F90(x) (i.e. N90). Those two cameras are, IMHO, "best buy" options in such a situation (where you have both MF and AF lenses, and want to use both kinds on the same body). There are also other "pro-level" bodies which can do the same (F4, F100, F5, etc.), but those are MUCH more expensive.
I am quite well aware of your predicament, since I was in the same situation - I had an F80, but only one AF lens (a cheap zoom). I had several good MF lenses, but those can't be used on the F80.
Finally I found an F90 for a good price (about 80 EUR!), and bought that one.
Since then, my F80 is just sitting on the shelf
F90 is a MUCH better camera - its AF might be a bit slower than on the F80, but for my kind of photography it doesn't matter much.
Besides, I also purchased a TC-16a AF teleconverter, which practically turns my MF lenses into AF lenses when used with F90.... Quite nifty (although not too fast....).
More about that teleconverter and what it does can be found HERE.
Basically, either you keep your current camera (F80) and switch ONLY to AF lenses, or you get another AF camera which can use both kinds of lenses (F801, F90).
Thanks a lot. Ive been spending the last couple of days looking for both other bodies and 50mm AF lenses on Ebay, keh, etc. Lovely prices now a days, huh Perhaps I should try and get hold on a F90 as well. hmm... What are the F90 like compared to the F80 ?
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Kim, Google is your friend
Originally Posted by Kim Catton
A discussion on F90 / F80 differences, which you might find interesting, can be found here, and it pops up somewhere on the top 5 links of Google search for "Nikon F80 vs F90".
I'd recommend trying both, and making a decision for yourself. It depends on what you need in a camera. E.g., if you're shooting a lot of kids' birthdays, parties, etc., you might find the F80 works better for you, since it has a tiny but useful pop-up flash... so you don't need to carry and fiddle with a separate Speedlight flash - but, since you already own an F80, you already know that. (BTW, that's about the only thing I can think of in favour of F80.)
I have the same dilemna. I wanted a camera with a built in flash like the N80 that would meter with a few of my manual focus lenses, which lead me to a N70 for dirt cheap. It has a bit stronger built in flash, and the focus might be a tad bit faster than the N80, but it doesn't seem as accurate in focusing as the N80 for some reason, and the interface is lame, hence the low cost. I do like the rangefinder indicator in the N70 better. I think ultimately I will end up with an F100 and forget the pop-up flash since it is limited in it's capabilities anyway.