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Initial post: Dec 8, 2012 8:39:42 AM PST
Wildernest says:
What Nikon Digital Body works best for older Nikkor Manual Focus AIS lenses?Would like to utilize my Nikkor 55MM Micro if possible.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 10, 2012 10:45:20 AM PST
EdM says:
For one definition of "best", the DSLR must have a "lens menu item". This allows use of AIS lenses with Aperture priority (and Manual) exposure. A small number of more capable DX bodies do this: D200, D300, D7000. These also cost less than FF or FX bodies, if that's part of your necessity for "best". [I'm not sure of earlier models, including the D2 series and earlier, e.g.]

IIRC, all Nikon FX DSLR bodies starting with the first FX body, the D3, have a "lens menu item". Plus, FX bodies, like film bodies, give the expected field of view with your lenses, w/o any crop factor issue. Of FX bodies, the D4, D800, D800e and D600 are the most recent and most technically advanced [although the D3s seems to be still the low light king], and each has different set of virtues, including cost, frame rate for bursts, and so on. The D600, at ~ $2k, is the least costly of recent FX models, although the next previous body, the D700, might be found for this or perhaps less. The D3, D3s, and D700 all have 12 megapixel sensors, while more recent bodies vary, but all have more pixels.

This is the big picture, every DSLR [regardless of model or brand] has its own set of virtues and weaknesses. Consider this about the D600, in the lower section about "non-CPU lenses":

IN this section see the "mode" section, the "A M" section, and footnote 5, "If maximum aperture is specified using Non-CPU lens data, aperture value will be displayed in viewfinder and control panel."

Similar info can be found in the specs for other DSLR bodies. I would suggest that the D600 might be best for you as the least costly and up to date FX model, but YMMV. Nikon D600 24.3 MP CMOS FX-Format Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 10, 2012 2:05:33 PM PST
Wildernest says:
This is wonderful information, and I thank you very much. Happy Holidays!
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