D200 vs D5100

Started May 18, 2011 | Discussions thread
nfpotter Veteran Member • Posts: 4,080
Re: screw-drive lenses

toomanycanons wrote:

I'm "fortunate" in that I have no legacy glass to guide my buying decisions. All my lenses have focus motors. My D90 has an in-body motor but that hasn't led me to scour the internet for lenses that don't autofocus themselves.

Yeah, that's true of many people. I don't have a ton of "legacy" glass either, but I have 3 lenses that I wouldn't want to part with that don't have internal motors:

Nikon 50mm f/1.8 D - AWESOME lens for the money (about $110 new, got mine for $8 slightly used)

Tokina 12-24mm f/4 - fantastic super-wide, but mine's the earlier version with no internal motor, got it used for about $340, much cheaper than the similar Nikon

Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro - a FANTASTIC macro (and portrait) lens - no internal motor - got mine used for $220

My point is you obviously don't HAVE TO search hard for "legacy" glass, but sometimes you stumble onto some great finds for cheap, so I'll ALWAYS want an internal focus motor in my cameras.

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