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    Default 3rd party lenses with AF motor

    If i have a Nikon body without inbuilt motor and I'm getting 3rd party lenses.

    How do I know if 3rd party lenses (nikon mounts) come with AF motors or not?

    Thanks for the great help.

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    Default Re: 3rd party lenses with AF motor

    You can use google and type "lenses with built in focus motors" and get tons of results.

    To start off with, this is already a good link to refer to: List of Nikon F-mount lenses with integrated autofocus motors - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Google is your friend. Make use of it.

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    Default Re: 3rd party lenses with AF motor

    Tamron's 17-50mm comes with Built in Motor

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    Default Re: 3rd party lenses with AF motor

    Quote Originally Posted by Denniswong View Post
    If i have a Nikon body without inbuilt motor and I'm getting 3rd party lenses.

    How do I know if 3rd party lenses (nikon mounts) come with AF motors or not?

    Thanks for the great help.
    The best way is to look for the lens you wanted, then at alternatives... then go down to the shop and test. Actually if you are using Nikon Camera of D90 and above, it shouldn't be a problem at all.
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    Default Re: 3rd party lenses with AF motor

    you can always ask... Eg - can I use this lens on xxxx will it af? or this lens got BIM? before buying
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    Thanks for all the replies.

    I'd been looking at the classifieds for lenses. By looking at the model of the lens, I'd not be able to tell if they've got bim or not right? I'd need to ask the seller?

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: 3rd party lenses with AF motor

    Quote Originally Posted by Denniswong View Post
    Thanks for all the replies.

    I'd been looking at the classifieds for lenses. By looking at the model of the lens, I'd not be able to tell if they've got bim or not right? I'd need to ask the seller?

    Thanks.
    I suppose it's better to just ask the seller. Some lenses (eg. Tamron 17-50/2.8) have had a few versions released, some without motor.
    Sigma has a designation 'HSM' on lenses with the AF motor, though I'm not sure if applies universally to all their lenses. The others (Tamron, Tokina) are a bit more vague
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    Default Re: 3rd party lenses with AF motor

    Yes... it is better to ask or best, bring your camera to the shop and ask to check to see if the lens you are eyeing for can be use. Even for Sigma lenses with HSM motor.

    This is taken from Sigma's own support website:

    The AF control system for some Nikon Cameras does not work with HSM lenses. Sigma's HSM lenses have full compatibility with F5, F4 series, F100, F90/N90, F90X/N90S, F80/N80 F70/N70, u/F65/N65,Pronea 600 and Pronea S. With other Nikon cameras, Sigma's HSM version lenses can be only used in manual focusing mode.
    Ref: Sigma Imaging (UK) Ltd
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    Default Re: 3rd party lenses with AF motor

    Excellent!
    Great info.

    Thanks so much, everyone.

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