What's difference between AF and AF-S on lenses?

There are two types of Nikon lenses: AF (auto focus) and AF-S (auto focus with silent wave motor). AF are generally the older lenses that will only work in the manual mode. AF-S lenses work on all Nikon digital cameras, and have a fast and silent autofocus.

Which lens is better AF-P or AF-S?

AF-P lenses use a “Pulse” motor or “Stepping” autofocus motor and are even quieter and smoother to autofocus than an AF-S lens, making these lenses ideal when shooting video with a DSLR. The DSLR camera bodies that do feature a focus motor can utilize AF and AF-S lenses.

What is the difference between a Nikon AF-S and AF-P lens?

AF-S is universal, as it refers to the silent wave focusing system, and should work with all autofocus capable cameras. AF-P requires a camera which provides camera body powered focusing, which is only in the higher end Nikons, like the D7100/D7200.


What does Nikon AF-S stand for?

AF-S – A autofocus (AF) lens with a silent wave (S) integrated, core-less focus motor. It is the standard autofocus function for Nikon lenses.

What is AF-S mode?

AF-S (AF single, sometimes called single area AF) mode, is good for photographing subjects that don't move, such as flowers or portraits etc. It locks the focus on the non moving object that you want to photograph. You can then recompose the shot and take the photograph.


Cameras Focus Modes Explained: When to Use Continuous Auto Focus, Single Auto Focus or Manual Focus



What focus mode should I use?

If you're working with a static subject, then Single-Point AF area mode is best. Any time there's motion within the frame, use Dynamic AF Area Mode to select your first focus point and allow the camera tracking to take over!

Is AF-C better than AF-S?

With AF-S, you cannot take a shot without focus being locked (green light being on). With AF-C you will take a shot anytime the shutter release is pressed. So with AF-C, while it will attempt to track focus on a moving subject, you can take shots at any time whether or not the AF has focus lock.

What are Nikon AF-S lenses?

Auto Focus - Silent Wave (AF-S) is a type of focusing motor used in a number of AF-Nikkor lenses; the AF-S motor is very fast and quiet. AF-S lenses also have an "A/M" mode selector which allows the user to switch from automatic to manual focus with almost no lag time.

Is NIKKOR and Nikon the same?

Nikkor is the brand of lenses produced by Nikon Corporation, including camera lenses for the Nikon F-mount.


What does DX mean on a Nikon lens?

Nikon makes a DX-format sensor and an FX-format sensor. The DX-format is the smaller sensor at 24x16mm; the larger full frame FX-format sensor measures 36x24mm which is approximately the same size as 35mm film. Different NIKKOR lenses are designed to accommodate the different camera sensor sizes.

Can I use my old Nikon lenses on a digital SLR?

Except for the five new "AF-P" lenses, any Nikon autofocus lens will focus automatically on any Nikon digital SLR except on the Nikon D40, D40x, D60, D3000, D3100, D3200, D3300, D3400, D3500, D5000, D5100, D5200, D5300, D5500, D5600. These fourteen SLRs will only autofocus with newer lenses called "AF-S" lenses.

Will all Nikon lenses fit all Nikon cameras?

All current Nikon DSLR's will work with AF-P lenses but not older ones. Re: Are all Nikon lenses interchangeable? short version : all lenses that work with your camera will work on all other current APS C Nikon cameras.

Will AF-S lens work on D3500?

Yes, the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Lens is compatible with the D3500 Digital SLR camera. The D3500 is compatible with all AF-S and AF-P types Nikkor lenses with G and E type apertures.


Will AF-S lens work on D5600?

AF-S, AF-P and newer E-type lenses are all fully compatible with the Nikon D5600 DX-format DSLR camera, so if you were using AF-S and E-type lenses with your Nikon D40 DX-format DSLR camera, they will work with the D5600 camera.

How can you tell if a Nikon lens is full frame?

All Nikon lenses that are made for the DX crop format cameras will specifically have DX in the name of the lens. If they do not say DX in the name it means it is an FX or Full Frame lens. This AF-P NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR is optimized for FX or Full Frame cameras, as there is no DX in the name of the lens.

What is the Nikon 70 300mm lens used for?

A 70-300 mm lens is a medium telephoto lens often employed for taking photos of wildlife, sporting events, and astronomical subjects such as the moon, planets, and stars. It is also recommended for travel photography, street photography, and other candid occasions.

What does the gold ring on Nikon lenses mean?

A gold ring mounted around the end of a Nikon F-Mount lens indicates that the lens is of professional quality. Gold Ring lenses feature an enticing mix of fast and constant apertures and complex high fidelity optical formula, using aspherical elements and special low dispersion glass.


What does the G mean in Nikon lenses?

"Finally, we end with the letter G, which indicates that the lens has an electronic diaphragm control, meaning that the f/stop is set from the camera. On older NIKKORS you may see the letter D, and that means distance information is factored into the metering process.

Can you put a DX lens on a FX body?

Mounting DX lenses on FX bodies has always been possible, with the FX DSLR automatically cropping the image frame to only output the area covered by the DX sensor.

What does AF-S and AF-P mean?

AF-S is universal, as it refers to the silent wave focusing system, and should work with all autofocus capable cameras. AF-P requires a camera which provides camera body powered focusing, which is only in the higher end Nikons, like the D7100/D7200.

What is the difference between 1.8 g and 1.8 D?

The 50mm f/1.8G lens is the newer version of the aging 50mm f/1.8D. It's more expensive, has some slight updates to the optical quality which will attract more picky buyers, and includes features typical of higher-end lenses such as a silent-wave motor, rounded aperture blades, and decent build quality.


What AF mode should I use for sports?

It's best to shoot sports photos in aperture priority mode to give you full control over your aperture. The wider the aperture, the more distinct your subject will become – most sports photographers favour aperture settings at around f/2.8 to f/3.5.

When would you use a single point focus?

Well, for anything stationary or slow moving (like an animal slowly foraging around an area), you should be using single-point AF. This allows you to ensure the focus is on the eyes of your subject, thanks to the accuracy of using just one point.

Does number of focus points matter?

As it turns out, the number of autofocus points you need is probably less than you'd think. In reality, you only need one autofocus point for your camera to get focus. However, having more autofocus points across your frame makes it easier for you and your camera to focus on a subject.
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