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    Best used film camera that accepts current lenses

    What used Nikon film camera (price is important) will accept and operate current AF lens such as Nikkor 70-300 1:4.5-5.6 ED VR?


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    Re: Best used film camera that accepts current lenses

    F100 would be my first choice and I can confirm it works with AF-S lenses and with VR, and with G lenses (that have no aperture ring) as I still have mine.

    Also F5 is great, but if that's too big consider F6.

    Also some of the plastic fantastic toy cameras work with AF-S, VR and G, but since those are 15~20 years old I wouldn't touch them. Anyway the compatible ones are F80, F75 and F65 (N80, N75, N65 in the USA).

    Get F100 or F5. Those can be had for the cost of a dozen film rolls + developing.
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    9 Nikon single-digit pro bodies from D1H to D5.
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    56 Nikkor prime lenses from AIS 8/2.8 to AFS 400/2.8VR
    4 Nikkor zoom lenses: 14-24/2.8, 17-35/2.8, 28-70/2.8, 70-200/2.8VR
    My fastest lens is f/1.2 (x3) and slowest f/2.8


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    Re: Best used film camera that accepts current lenses

    I don't know the answer, but possibly most bodies since the 1990s for AF-S. Before, forget it.

    The AF-S focuses electrically, and of course VR is electric (and much newer), so the camera body will have to have the 8 or 10 electrical contacts inside the lens opening, at the top.

    Here is a lens compatibility chart, with some film bodies on it.

    Nikon SLR Camera and Lens Compatibility Chart

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    Re: Best used film camera that accepts current lenses

    Quote Originally Posted by degitt View Post
    What used Nikon film camera (price is important) will accept and operate current AF lens such as Nikkor 70-300 1:4.5-5.6 ED VR?
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    Re: Best used film camera that accepts current lenses

    From what I read somewhere, the nikon F4s should handle pretty much all of Nikon's lenses except Nikon 1 lenses of course!
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    Re: Best used film camera that accepts current lenses

    Quote Originally Posted by Bill16 View Post
    From what I read somewhere, the nikon F4s should handle pretty much all of Nikon's lenses except Nikon 1 lenses of course!
    Mine doesn't. Does not operate VR and doesn't really work with G lenses either. In A and M exposure modes the aperture stays closed to minimum (f/22 or whatever).
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    9 Nikon single-digit pro bodies from D1H to D5.
    12 Nikon three-digit consumer bodies from D100 and up.
    56 Nikkor prime lenses from AIS 8/2.8 to AFS 400/2.8VR
    4 Nikkor zoom lenses: 14-24/2.8, 17-35/2.8, 28-70/2.8, 70-200/2.8VR
    My fastest lens is f/1.2 (x3) and slowest f/2.8


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    Re: Best used film camera that accepts current lenses

    Quote Originally Posted by dachshund View Post
    “Plastic fantastic” ? This is the kind of elitist clap-trap that one occasionally hears on the skeet/trap range from someone not shooting a Perazzi or Krieghof, that thinks the gear is more important than the shooters skill.
    Although I understand what you are saying, the cameras he mentions are little more than toys compared to the F4/F5 and other far more capable cameras which might work. They were targeted for the occasional/casual photographer and not for a serious and/or advanced amateur.
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    Re: Best used film camera that accepts current lenses

    Quote Originally Posted by dachshund View Post
    “Plastic fantastic” ? This is the kind of elitist clap-trap that one occasionally hears on the skeet/trap range from someone not shooting a Perazzi or Krieghof, that thinks the gear is more important than the shooters skill.
    Now that is post digging.

    I'd suggest a N90/N90s, F100, F4-F6 depending on what the budget allows. All can use up to G glass (N90 cameras can use Aperture Priority with a bit of menu manipulation).
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    Re: Best used film camera that accepts current lenses

    Quote Originally Posted by STM View Post
    Although I understand what you are saying, the cameras he mentions are little more than toys compared to the F4/F5 and other far more capable cameras which might work. They were targeted for the occasional/casual photographer and not for a serious and/or advanced amateur.
    I agree completely. They are consumer grade SLRs for sure. With prices today, those are disposable cameras. I'd do a N90 on up personally.
    Joe

    D750 | 50mm f1.8G | Tamron 70-200 2.8 VC
    Fujifilm X100T | Nikon F3/T, N2000, N8008, N90s | Minolta XG1 & X-570
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    Re: Best used film camera that accepts current lenses

    For the price vs. performance, I would highly recommend the F100. Great film camera and dirt cheap now. I really like mine
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