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cybermaniak Oct 7, 2010 6:16 PM

Which lens is the equivalent?
Hi well iīm currently shooting with a Sony and iīm decided to jump to nikon (d7000) or canon (60d) iīm at 80% of going with nikon. I will want to replace my main lens line (17-50 F2.8,50 /1.7, 70-210 F4) on the first 2 i donīt have problems with either brand, but on the 70-210 in Canon i found the old 70-210 F3.5-4.5 would be a nice replacement. For Nikon I donīt see nothing. I find the Nikon 70-210 F4, but almost everyone says itīs very slow and laud at focus. Is there something that can compete with this one ? 4.5 on the long side is the most I can go.. 5.6 itīs out of question.

Also I have a M42 135 F2.8 that will need to be replaced, there is something on the cheap side (manual focus) for this one ?


TCav Oct 7, 2010 7:45 PM

Keep in mind that, when you switch from Sony to either Canon or Nikon, you lose the image stabilization in the body. The equivalent 50/1.8 lenses from either OEM won't be stabilized. Also, while there are stabilized equivalents for the Tamron 17-50/2.8, they're not as good, so you may be better off with the unstabilized version if you can hold it still.

Canon has their own 70-200mm f/4.0 lens that's very good, and it's also available in a stabilized version that's also very good. Nikon doesn't have anything equivalent, but both OEMs and third parties have 70-200mm f/2.8 lenses, many of which are available in stabilized versions.

BTW, if your M42 lens still works, there are M42 adapters for Canon and Nikon mounts as well.

cybermaniak Oct 7, 2010 8:08 PM

Thanks TCav... yeah I know that i will loose SSS, but with the lack of the a700 replacement and the SLT technology I donīt want to gamble. Thats why I want to switch before it is too late and my A-mount gear had to be sold very cheap.

Yeah I know the M42 can be mounted on the Nikon or Canon, but on Nikon, would need an adapter with optic, then it will degrade the sharpness how much? I really donīt know btw here are 2 samples of my M42 135 mounted on my actual A300

Here is the link for the Original size. off the last one.

Are taken at 1/160 @ F2.8 with F58 bounced to the ceiling.

And as you may see that lens is tack sharp .

So at the final iīm looking mostly for the replacement for the beercan you know what i mean, dirt cheap and excelent sharpness. In canon the 70-210 F3.5-4.5 is real contender for the beercan but i canīt find the nikon.

TCav Oct 7, 2010 9:11 PM

Nikon did have a 70-210mm f/4, and it was popular, but Nikon discontinued it several years ago. You see them on the used market ocassionally.

I miss my Beercan after having switched to Nikon, but I found a Tokina 100-300mm f/4 in excellent condition, and I've been very pleased with the results, though it is a handful. has an M42 adapter for Canon for $14.95. They even have one with AF Confirm for $44.95.

cybermaniak Oct 7, 2010 9:29 PM

Cool, well i know the 70-210 F4 Nikon but as my first post. i have read a lot that is very slow and loud, when focusing and not so sharp. so thatīs why i want to see my other options.. The tokina 100-300 F4 sounds pretty good, i will make a search to see what i find.

Thanks for the link of the adapter, as stated above, my main concer now is finding some replacement in the same league of the beercan, canon 70-210 F3.5-4.5 at similar price or a bit up. If i canīt find nothing maybe i will go with canon, what iīm not very confident to do it because the d7000 is an awesome camera (at least on specs has everything I want/need) but as you know what really mater are the optics. But at least that tokina you mention brings my hopes up again. :)

Hards80 Oct 7, 2010 9:59 PM

the 70-210 3.5-4.5 is an ok lens, and it was quite good in its day. but its not up to par with some of the newer 70-xxx lenses.

the 70-200 f4 and 70-300 IS from canon are both better and sharper lenses.

shoturtle Oct 7, 2010 11:04 PM

canon the 70-200 f4 IS is still a sub 1300 lens, while the 70-200 2.8 nikon and 3rd party IS lenses are 2k and up. The none IS is even cheaper as it is sub 700 dollars.

cybermaniak Oct 8, 2010 4:58 PM

Thank u guys, I will be a nikon guy once all my sony gear is gone !! I went to feel in my hand a d90 and a 50D (just to see how they feel since will be similar with d7000 and 60d) and noup the 50 doesnt fit right on my hand.

So I will get the D7000, i donīt know if the tamron 28-75 F2.8 or 28-105 F2.8, 50 F1.8, 80-200 F2.8 (not the VR) and SB-600 later will add the sigma 10-20 and thats all. What do you think ?

shoturtle Oct 8, 2010 5:19 PM

The 50D and 60D are not alike at all. The 60D is smaller then the 50D, the size of the D90 actually. The d7000 is larger then the D90 and is about the size of the 50D. Kinda of confusing.

cybermaniak Oct 8, 2010 5:39 PM

Ohh yeah I know that they are different size but what really feel akward on my hand is the back wheel on the 50d maybe if it was placed a bit upper would be more pleasant, but not in the actual position, maybe my thumb is kinda small for that kind of wheels lol

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