What does my camera do with the distance information?
February 5, 2014 3:18 PM Subscribe
I'm looking at buying a used Nikkor lens to use on my D80 (and on whatever the next body I buy is when I finally retire that body). For many of the older lenses you can get a significant savings by buying the version of the lens that does not send distance info to the camera (non-D version). How much do I care?
From all I've been able to tell from searching online, the camera only ever uses this info when the flash is engaged. I almost never use a flash. I also understand there are certain lenses where the D version is really considered to be a step up from the earlier non-D version (e.g. the 28mm) Do I still care? Knowing that certain newer versions of lenses may be better as technology progresses, and there are other innovations (VR, AF-S, etc), this seems like a good place to save some money on my kit. I'm looking at the older 80-200 f2.8 if that helps inform the answer. Cost is absolutely an issue.