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From SLR to Digital SLR


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I have a Nikon F65 with a Nikon AF Nikkor 28-100mm 1:3.5-5.6 G lense and a Nikon AF Nikkor 70-300mm 1:4-5.6 G lense.
I am very keen to keep this but also go Digital and buy the Nikon D50 body/kit.
I was wondering if the lenses I already have, would they fit on a Nikon D50 Body???????

Please help, advise greatly needed

Kind Regards



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Dear Stephen,

You will certainly be able to use the same lenses, but need to be aware that because of the difference in size between a normal 35mm film frame, and the light-sensitive chip used in a Nikon digital camera, there is in effect a 1.5x increase in apparent focal length of any lens.

Using the lenses you have, this would create images the equivalent of using the following:
1. 28-100 = 42-150 mm lens
2. 70-300 = 105-450 mm lens
Great if you want to take telephoto bird images, but not so helpful if you are interested in wide landscape vistas.

The actual focal length is not, I understand, changed, but you receive a "cropped" field of view, and so this appears to be magnified or made more "tele" than "wide" angle.

There is much debate over whether Nikon should or will use a "full-frame" sensor, similar to some of the high-end Canon digital SLRs, and as has been discussed on this forum many times, there are both good reasons for and against. However, if you wish to use a lens on any Nikon digital, it is important to remember that the quality will not necessarily suffer for using a sensor smaller than a film frame - just the effective "field of view".

I hope this is helpful.

Kind regards,

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