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#1 pendennis


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Posted 01 July 2016 - 06:59 PM

For years, I insisted that all my lenses have aperture rings on them.  It's always been a part of my photography "shtick", and I felt that aperture rings should be on the lens, just like focusing rings, and zoom controls (when necessary).  Since I was "away" from the changes brought about by Nikon, and the evolution to the "G" lens, it seems as though I've missed out on something.


I've been lens shopping, trying to figure out just what I'd like to add.  I already have a good battery of zooms, and fixed focal length lenses, so there's no real rush add a new one..., well, maybe just because I really, really need one.


I've done some research, and it appears that most of the lenses, regardless the price range, are now "G" models, sans aperture ring.  For instance, B&H showed 97 lenses which were A/F.  Only 34 weren't "G" series, so it would seem that the changes are in place.  I fully understand the fact, that it's far cheaper to manufacture lenses without aperture rings.


I've read several articles on the subject, and since I now use only a D200 and a D500, it would seem that the traditional aperture ring is just no longer needed.  I don't own any "G" series yet, but it seems that my "fears" are unfounded.





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Posted 01 July 2016 - 07:07 PM

Well, other then the cost to Nikon, whitch seems not to have filtered down to the consumer. If you have older camera bodies, then it would matter, as the G lenses won't work. They say it's lighter, ok I guess.

It's said that the electronic aperture is more precise, ok.

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Posted 02 July 2016 - 08:08 AM

I am a throwback to film photography and manual cameras and all I can say is ....

Go G!

It's the only thing I can honestly say I don't miss! I shoot manual everything, but I don't like to focus, mostly because my eye sight is non existent, and, fiddling with the aperture ring. Both are advancements in photography custom made for .... ME!

As Dennis points out, G is not compatible with many older cameras, but that shouldn't be an issue with you.

An advantage is ... You can still get older glass at better prices, if you don't want to move to G.

Personally, I wouldn't give it a second thought. Find the focal length you need and jump in with both feet. You won't regret it.

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Posted 05 July 2016 - 11:45 PM

The only G lenses I have are DX lenses. They can't be used on film bodies anyway, so it's not an issue. I tend to have older lenses because they could be bought much cheaper than their modern counterparts. But the 50 1.8G sure is tempting! I have a 50 1.4 AI'd I can use on the older bodies, so I may upgrade my 50 1.8D to the G and sell the D.


Still shooting DX digital and don't plan on going full frame.

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Posted 12 July 2016 - 10:20 AM

I do have a couple of  G lenses.

I always reach for the aperture ring on those and have to stop to think which wheel to turn.

(mussel memory?) most are DX so I'm not tempted to put them on one of my film bodies.

I only have one FX G lens, the 28-80mm  f3.3-4.5, it's sharp enough on a D700 to tempt me into getting an F100 so I can use it on film.

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