Nikon D3300 is $499 - how can mirrorless compete?

Started Jan 7, 2014 | Discussions thread
sean000 Veteran Member • Posts: 7,356
Re: 46 AF-S lenses...

PerL wrote:

sean000 wrote: wrote:

a pretty well spec'd camera and gives access to a huge system.

On a budget it would be hard to pick an EM1 over these cheap entry level DSLRs.


I shoot mostly with m4/3, and also with Nikon. The problem with the D3300 is that it won't even autofocus most of my Nikon lenses! I have four Nikon zoom lenses and primes that are "screwdriven" instead of having their own internal autofocus motor. Cameras like the D90, D7000, D7100, D300, D3, and up can drive the autofocus in these lenses; but D3xxx and D5xxx cannot.

What does this say about the D3300? It says that this is a consumer-level Nikon DSLR that is sort of a risky purchase for a budding Nikon shooter. Why? The reason I own many screwdriven Nikon lenses (designated as AF-D instead of AF-S in the Nikon world) is because AF-D lenses are often less expensive (and older) designs. Most Nikon primes used to be AF-D, but Nikon has at least released a number of AF-S primes to work with their entry level cameras. But a lot of less expensive lens options, like the 80-200mm f/2.8 AF-D Nikkor (easily found for $600 to $800), will not be an option.

You just can't compare an entry level Nikon body, that is quite limited, with a flagship model like the EM1 (which autofocuses with all m4/3 and 4/3 lenses). You would compare the 3300 with entry level m4/3 cameras... which will autofocus with all m4/3 lenses.


There are currently 46 Nikon AF-S lenses from 10 to 800 mm and many third party lenses that works with the AF of the D3300.

I didn't say there aren't options for the D3300 shooter, but it is important to note that not all Nikkors come in AF-S. While Nikon has released a number of inexpensive primes in AF-S in recent years (specifically targeting this class of camera), your options are still limited compared to buying a D7100, because there are Nikkors out there (especially if you're buying used lenses) that will not AF on this camera. There are some outstanding bargains in Nikon AF-D lenses, and you're going to want good glass for 24 MP. Of course there are other differences between a D3300 and a D7100 (the entry level cameras have smaller viewfinders, less advanced autofocus, and lack many advanced features and customization options)... I'm just pointing out that the camera is entry level. You aren't getting a camera with all of the features and performance of a D7100 or a high end model from Olympus or Panasonic.

Either way it's a silly thread. The camera body is only part of an investment in an entire camera system. You have to compare the lenses and accessories you see yourself buying, and weigh it all in with what you are willing to carry and what your needs are.


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