I've been using a kit lens with my Nikkon D5200. However, after changing the background for a recent animation, I noticed a great amount of flicker. I've read about using a Nikkon D Type lens with some electrical tape on the contacts. I did a search for D lenses on Google and Ebay, but it's been a bit confusing pinpointing if a lens I'm looking at is a D lens. Often I get results stating a DX, which I believe is different from my understanding.
Is there a certain part of the name of the lens that indicates it is from the D series? I'm interested in buying a 55mm, if anybody is able to link me to one as well. On the cheap side would be a plus.
Why not go for the 55mm Nikon manual lens, which also has macro, and is generally considered an outstanding lens? I just looked on eBay, and they are not cheap at around £160, but if you look over a period of time you may find a bargain. I got one for £140.
Alternatively, and this is what I did, go for cheaper but still good manual lenses from Olympus. The 50mm is going for under £50, so you could get a 28mm as well and still be well under £100. Another alternative is to get a second-hand manual zoom lens. I picked up an Olympus one for only £16! While this is not as good as the primes, it is a good start on a limited budget.
For all of these you need an adapter ring,about £5 on eBay. And a word of caution: reject anything that has fungus inside the lens - unless you are prepared to take the lens apart to clean it. Also, stick with the better brands - I kept to Nikon, Olympus and Vivitar. Although, having said that, if you are on a micro budget there are some very cheap old lenses out there.
There's a great YouTube video called ' best vintage lenses for stopmotion' which talks about th Nikons.
Thank you both for the info. The youtube video was especially helpful. I'll have a look into finding those lenses.
Also, after some digging around, I found the answer to what I was confused about. According to this website:
"D" means these lenses let the camera know the distance at which the lens is focused. All lenses introduced since 1992 have been "D."... There are a couple of ways to signify a "D" lens: Nikon usually marks its lenses as "50mm f/1.4D AF" as opposed to "50mm f/1.4 AF-D," but it all means the same thing.
I also just realized in my original post I wrote Nikkon instead of Nikon. I believe I started to mix it up with Nikkor.
I think the Nikon lenses to go for are the AI or AI-S versions. I recall reading somewhere that the pre-AI lens was not such good glass.
Bear in mind also that for stop motion you do not necessarily need a fast lens, as you will be using long exposures.
I use manual, AI or AIS Nikon lenses on my Canon DSLR for stop motion. I use simple adapters from eBay. The 55mm Micro is really good. I bought it second hand from a camera store, along with a 28mm. I later got a 24mm from eBay USA which was much cheaper than used 24mm lenses here in Australia. I also used them on a Nikon D70, but there I had to unscrew them part way so the iris in the lens would stop down and stay stopped down all the time. (That way, you don't get flicker from the lens opening up between shots for a nice bright view, but failing to always stop down all the way quickly enough when you press the shutter.) I don't ever use the kit lens for stop motion, only for stills. It doesn't have an aperture ring on the lens, so it has to be controlled by the camera, and I did find I got flicker with that.
I also have an adapter so I can fit the old Olympus OM system lenses on my Canon. I have a Zuiko (Olympus' own brand) 35-70 zoom and a 28mm left over from when I had an OM1 35mm camera. I don't think the zoom is quite as sharp as my Nikon Prime lenses, but I don't know if that is because it is a zoom, or because it is Olympus.
Nick, I'm pretty sure it's because of the zoom. There can be lots of different pieces of glass in a zoom lens, and the light inevitably gets diffused a bit. I've got that lens too, and it is definitely softer. Interesting that in a YouTube video a camera guy from Aardman said that when DSLR s first came out they tried the very expensive cine lenses but found them too sharp, and the Nikons were just right.
I received my manual lenses today. The 55mm is an AI, and the 28mm is an AIS. I'm happy to report the flicker is now gone. Thanks again for all the help.
I hope you enjoy using those lenses, they are really excellent.