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Lenses with built-in focus motor

A list of lenses that will work on any Nikon DSLR

Some older Nikon autofocus lenses do not have a built-in focus motor. These lenses instead use a screwdriver-like mechanical coupling where a focus motor in the body transfers torque to the autofocus mechanism in the lens. Consumer-end Nikon bodies, such as the D40, D40x, D60, D3000, D3100, D5000 and D5100, do not have this coupling. If you fit one of these older autofocus Nikkors to a consumer-end Nikon body, you will not have autofocus.

To have autofocus, users of these Nikon DSLRs should buy lenses with an in-lens focus motor. Below is a list of all the lenses I know about, both current and discontinued, that comes with a Nikon F-mount and have an in-lens focus motor. It is offered as a handy reference for those shopping for a lens to use with a consumer-end Nikon DSLR.

Lenses with a Nikon F-mount and an in-lens focus motor

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The prices after the lens name listed are taken from the B&H-web between January 2007 and May 2011. As prices seems to vary a lot, should only be used as a very rough guide of what you may expect to pay for a new item. Square brackets around the price indicates that the lens is discontinued by the manufacturer and may be difficult to find in new condition. To see current price and availability, visit the website of a merchant selling the particular lens.

Caution: That a lens appears in the list above is not a guarantee that it will autofocus on a consumer-end Nikon DSLR. For some third party lenses, there exists versions with identical names with and without a in-lens focus motor. You should always make sure that you get the right version for your DSLR. Also, some third-party lenses may have an in-lens focus motor, but may still need to be upgraded with a new firmware chip to work on a newer Nikon DSLR. Again, you should make sure that the lens is compatible with your body before you commit to buy.

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