What’s the dif­fer­ence be­tween D- and G-type Nikon lenses?

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Ja­son says... The most ob­vi­ous dif­fer­ence is that D-se­ries lenses have a man­ual aper­ture ring, whereas newer G-se­ries lenses don’t. You can there­fore only set the aper­ture of a G-se­ries lens from the host cam­era, rather than on the lens. It’s not an is­sue when shoot­ing with a Nikon D-SLR, where the aper­ture is ad­justed via cam­era con­trols any­way.

An­other dif­fer­ence is that D-se­ries lenses don’t have a built-in aut­o­fo­cus mo­tor, in­stead re­ly­ing on a mo­tor in the cam­era body. Re­cent en­try-level cam­eras like the D3300 and D5500 don’t have an in­ter­nal mo­tor, mak­ing aut­o­fo­cus im­pos­si­ble with D-se­ries lenses.

D-se­ries lenses won’t aut­o­fo­cus on re­cent en­try-level Nikon D-SLRs

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