Focus motors: In-body vs in-lens

Started Apr 15, 2013 | Discussions thread
Leonard Shepherd
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Re: Focus motors: In-body vs in-lens

It is often reported in lens motors are more accurate and focus faster.

In the Nikon lenses brochure Nikon only say "extremely quiet, smooth and comfortable auto focusing"  - whatever that means!

In lens motors are definitely quieter, in my experience usually faster to focus and a little less prone to occasional miss focus. However lenses like the 50mm f1.4G are quite slow to autofocus.

When comparing D and G prices usually the G has optical improvements, sometimes nano coating and sometimes a larger front element to reduce digital corner vignetting.

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