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Old 05-29-2009, 08:39 AM
 
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A really trivial question from a SLR camera novice

1) I just got a Nikon D100 from a relative, and I am looking to buy a cheap lense to start learning how to operate an SLR. I found a good deal online for a NK1855DX2R lense. Can somebody tell me whether it is compatible with the Nikon D100?

2) Is there any rule of thumb for this? e.x. all Nikon lense is compatible with all Nikon camera, maybe??

Many thanks in advance. Please be gentle. You are dealing with a real beginner here ;-)
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Old 05-29-2009, 09:54 AM
 
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Hang on sugar, let me do a little diggin...maybe I can help ya out.
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Old 05-29-2009, 10:14 AM
 
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Okay first thing to know:

Not all Nikon lenses will work with ALL Nikon cameras. In particular, a lens that is NOT an AutoFocus lens. You can't put a full manual lens on a D100, or any of the Nikon DSLR's. Its a manual focusing lens, with no sensors for the D100 to 'find'. The camera will not know what you want. So, to answer that question, NO you can't use all Nikon lenses on ALL Nikon cameras.

Now, the D100, is an older model (mfg. year was 2002)and is no longer in production. BUT, the 18-55mm SHOULD work on it.
It runs about $129 at B&H
Nikon | 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor | 2170

There is also a newer version that utilizes VR (Vibration Reduction) and it runs $189.00 for sixty bucks more, I'd go with the VR. Nice feature to have.
Nikon | 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR AF-S DX Nikkor Lens | 2176 | B&H

I also see nothing at Nikon's website that states the lens will not work with the D100. Now, as to lens compatibility with D100, generally ANY of the AF-S series lenses will work. Again, NO MANUAL FOCUSING LENS WILL WORK. The camera will not 'understand' what you want, and you could end up harming the camera as well.

The camera, as long as its been well cared for, should work well for you. The D100, was the precursor, of the D200, 300, and 700 series. The latter two (300 and 700) are still in production, the D200 has pretty much been retired by Nikon.

One last suggestion: Please don't let anyone talk you into cheap 'no name' brand glass. (Lenses) Why? Because that is precisely what they are, cheap. You will be disappointed in the imagery. Always strive to procure and use the best glass you can, and of course that being said, I'll tell you to stick with Nikon's glass. Their glass is legendary. The only 'third party' brand I'd consider in a pinch would be Sigma. I've shot with their glass and its not half bad. Its not Nikon, but in a pinch, it has delivered a very acceptable image.

I hope this helps, and have fun learning all about the camera.
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Old 05-29-2009, 11:31 AM
 
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ANY DX lens will work just fine on that model. DX means "cropped sensor" which all of the Nikon digital SLR's were prior to the new series D700, D3 and D3x. Those models require a FX or "Full Frame" lens.
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Old 05-29-2009, 11:45 AM
 
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my personal fav is my nikor 50mm f 1.8. simple, cheap, and while not a zoom/telephoto, it has lately been my absolute fav. i have a d100 converted to IR (DIY) and i have a d200. neither leaves my side and both work beautifly with the 50 mm.
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Old 05-29-2009, 01:32 PM
 
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still digesting all the jargon, but I think I understand the main ideas. Thank guys!!
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Old 05-29-2009, 02:02 PM
 
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my personal fav is my nikor 50mm f 1.8. simple, cheap, and while not a zoom/telephoto, it has lately been my absolute fav. i have a d100 converted to IR (DIY) and i have a d200. neither leaves my side and both work beautifly with the 50 mm.
How do you like the d200?
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Old 05-29-2009, 03:39 PM
 
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How do you like the d200?
I LOVE my d200. I have a friend with a d300 and for the money I would not trade "up"! I have pretty much always had nikon leading all the way back to a f1. I did have a canon ae1 once LOL.

I have a 200-500 lens that I get a lot of "perv lens" remarks from my friends LOL but I don't care for that lens much.
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Old 05-29-2009, 05:22 PM
 
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I LOVE my d200. I have a friend with a d300 and for the money I would not trade "up"! I have pretty much always had nikon leading all the way back to a f1. I did have a canon ae1 once LOL.

I have a 200-500 lens that I get a lot of "perv lens" remarks from my friends LOL but I don't care for that lens much.
Ok cool. I have a Nikon D70s and have actually been looking at the D200 and 300
Why do you like it better than the 300?
I love my D70s, but the D200 may be quite a bit better.
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Old 05-29-2009, 08:02 PM
 
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I'd go for the 300 or 700. Much better sensor. A CMOS over a CCD.

I have D200, I might actually be looking to sell it. And the only reason I'm doing it, is because I want the CMOS sensor.

The D200, is one sweet camera though. Takes great images.
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