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Old Aug 26, 2006, 9:48 AM   #1
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Looking for a breakdown on the nikon lenses as far as their rankings of best to worst based on model/lettering.
i.e. cannon's EF is below Cannon L series and such.
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Old Aug 26, 2006, 11:28 AM   #2
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Actually with Canon, EF means the lens cannot be used with smaller APS sensors. I think all of their L lenses are currently EF lenses (as oppose to EF-S).

For Nikon, I don't think there is a specific tagging. You'll have to go with fixed maximum Aperture (and price) to give you a clue that they are high end stuff. But then again, what does "high-end" means. Nikon has VR lenses that are less than $1000 that are pretty good but may not be considered PRO.

These "pro" markings are great for 3rd party lens companies because they are the ones who are assumed to make crappy, cheap lenses, so they want a line to differentiate with those.


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No, EF-S means that the lens cannot be used with larger sensored cameras. All canon eos cameras can use an ef lens.
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Actually with Canon, EF means the lens cannot be used with smaller APS sensors. I think all of their L lenses are currently EF lenses (as oppose to EF-S).

For Nikon, I don't think there is a specific tagging. You'll have to go with fixed maximum Aperture (and price) to give you a clue that they are high end stuff. But then again, what does "high-end" means. Nikon has VR lenses that are less than $1000 that are pretty good but may not be considered PRO.

These "pro" markings are great for 3rd party lens companies because they are the ones who are assumed to make crappy, cheap lenses, so they want a line to differentiate with those.
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what I meant was I'm shopping the Nikon lenses and I'm see G, ED and a few other letters after the lense info and I'm not sure which product lines fall where in the quality scheme of Nikon.
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Old Aug 26, 2006, 2:04 PM   #5
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No, EF-S means that the lens cannot be used with larger sensored cameras. All canon eos cameras can use an ef lens.
Crap! You're right. Somehow my brain and my hands are not in-sync.

back to OP... here's a site with Nikon nomenclature:
http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/nikortek.htm



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