I read in last month’s is­sue that some of Nikon’s lat­est lenses are in­com­pat­i­ble with older DSLRs. Which cam­era bod­ies are af­fected? Tony Kramer, via email

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Ja­son says… The is­sue mostly af­fects AF-P lenses with pulse mo­tor aut­o­fo­cus sys­tems, and E-type lenses with elec­tro­mag­net­i­cally con­trolled aper­tures. AF-P lenses are fully com­pat­i­ble with the D3300, D3400, D5500, D5600, D7500 and D500. They’ll also work with D5200, D5300, D7100, D7200, D750, D810, D5 and Df cam­eras, al­though a firmware up­date may be re­quired. How­ever, they’re com­pletely in­com­pat­i­ble with all older Nikon DSLRs, where fo­cus­ing is im­pos­si­ble in both auto and man­ual modes.

E-type lenses lack the usual me­chan­i­cal lever for con­trol­ling the aper­ture and rely on an elec­tronic con­nec­tion. This makes them in­com­pat­i­ble with older DSLRs in­clud­ing the D40, D40x, D60, D70, D70s, D80, D90, D100, D200, D300, D300s, D3000 and D5000, as well as D1 se­ries and D2 se­ries cam­eras.

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Lenses like the new Nikon AF-P 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR with a pulse AF mo­tor and elec­tro­mag­netic di­aphragm have two po­ten­tial in­com­pat­i­bil­ity is­sues

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