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#1 JimBob

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 01:04 PM

Do you need a special camera body to have a 500mm lens? Or would a D5100 work? (planning really far ahead. . .)

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 01:23 PM

All camera bodies will accept a wide range of lenses. Canon has the greatest selection, followed by Nikon, and so on. And then there are so-called 'third party' lenses as made by Sigma, Tamron and others. Canon and Nikon lenses will only work on their respective bodies (with a few adapter-related exceptions), but the third-party are made to fit on many brands of cameras.

It is a good idea to look 'far ahead' when buying a DSLR body, both for model and brand.
Without being parochial here, Canon has a unique position which is of value to birders. Their Canon 400L prime lens is an excellent lens, even at full aperture and is relatively light and portable, while being almost a 'bargain' compared to other similar lenses by others.

For specific camera/lens info you should go to the manufacturer's website.

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 01:31 PM

I was asking about the 5100 because my mom has one, and offered to let me borrow it until I move out. Then I would probably get a canon.

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 06:34 PM

Nikon is where its at... Though to be fair, once you get above consumer level into prosumer and professional it all comes down to which ergonomics feel better to you. Anyway, the only thing you need to worry about is the D5100 does not have an internal focus motor allowing use of lenses without an auto-focus motor (unless you want to use manual focus only of course). So for example, I use a D90 which has a internal focus motor and it allows me to use a Tamron 200-500mm lens which does not have a focus motor.

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 08:39 PM

Nikon is where its at...


Actually, the absolutely most important attribute is skill. The camera gear are just the tools, no different than a painter's brush, canvas and oils. I have seen so much poor photography posted on forums everywhere taken with superb camera gear! :)

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 10:05 PM

Actually, the absolutely most important attribute is skill. The camera gear are just the tools, no different than a painter's brush, canvas and oils. I have seen so much poor photography posted on forums everywhere taken with superb camera gear! :)


Meh....

I agree on the skill piece, but I feel as if too many people play down the importance of gear.

I think a good example is of a professionally trained chef. You'll get a 5 star meal when cooked in a kitchen, but will you get that same meal cooked on a bunson burner? Will an artist be able to paint two identical pieces of artwork with gear that's thousands of dollars apart?

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 02:59 AM

And then, here is an example of skill over gear. Some fabulous bird images captured with the just-released Lumix FZ200, yes, a 'Point-andShoot'.............

http://forums.dprevi...thread=42353003

Again, I see images taken with gear costing 5x what the FZ200 costs which are not as good. Go figure :)

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 04:01 PM

I can get really good pictures with my super zoom, but, I really want something that gives crisper pictures. . . not as much noise.

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 04:16 PM

Do you need a special camera body to have a 500mm lens? Or would a D5100 work? (planning really far ahead. . .)


To answer the original question, yes. You can mount any Nikon F-mount lens (which is pretty much any lens they've made in the past 20 years or so) on a D5100.

One caveat is that the D5100 doesn't have an internal focusing motor, so you'll need an AF-S lens if you want to autofocus with a D5100. You can always manual focus, though.

Also, some of the really old lenses don't have the necessary electronic components to handle automatic exposure (communicating the lens's optical properties to the body). Most DSLR's have the ability to enter this data manually, though (not sure about the D5100, but I'd guess that it does).

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 03:49 AM

You can mount any Nikon F-mount lens (which is pretty much any lens they've made in the past 20 years or so) on a D5100.


The Nikon F mount dates back to 1959. I'd recommend AF-S or newer for this body.




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