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Old Aug 13, 2005, 8:58 AM   #1
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Ok, now i know the D provides subject distance information to the camera. But exactly what advantage does this have?
I am debaiting whether to get the non d or the d version (but i am not quite sure on the benefits of the d version?).

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Old Aug 14, 2005, 8:10 PM   #2
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Many say no difference at all- definitely none from a strictly optical standpoint. Either will be a fine image maker. The very earliest AF 180/2.8's before the "D" series had a cheaper looking, smooth plastic type finish that can put you off just looking at it. Later Nikon started using the "crinkle" look which was better in terms of not showing as much wear. My last Nikon body was an F4, so the "D" technology never came into play for me, but I think Nikon's flash technology has evolved quite a bit since. Distance technology, if it works right, is one factor taken into consideration by the flash exposure system. Alot of how well it works is dependent on what body-flash combination you are using.

If I were looking for one today I'd probably go with a "D" version simply to have a newer lens.
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