I have the Nikon D3100 and was wondering if the autofocus on the Nikon 50mm f/1.8D lens would work with it.

I've read that the AF is not compatible with the D5000, and that the AF is rather slow in general. With that in mind, having AF isn't a deal breaker for me, but I'd just like to know to help with the decision process.

  • I have the Nikon D3100 and was wondering if the autofocus on the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G DX Lens would work with it? also i am going to buy Sigma Zoom Super Wide Angle 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS (Optical Stabilizer) does this particular lens support D3100?
    – Tausif
    Dec 3, 2010 at 7:23
  • Yes, autofocus will work with the 35mm f1.8.
    – Nick
    Dec 3, 2010 at 16:44

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From Nikon, no, you cannot. You can manually focus, but no AF with an AF lens.

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    My response from Nikon support: "Thank you for contacting Nikon USA and we apologize for the inconveniences. The 50mm f:1.8 lens is an AF lens that lacks the Silentwave motor. Since the D3100 also lacks such motor, focus has to be manually done. No Autofocus will happen."
    – Viscalde
    Oct 5, 2010 at 19:45

Lenses without the AF-S (silentwave motor) designation will not focus on bodies without an in-body motor (any body below the D90)

  • AF-I (a noisy lens motor on some older lenses) will also work.
    – Imre
    Jan 30, 2012 at 6:37

No, unfortunately not, but I got a 50/1.8 D for my old Nikon D60 and it was quite nice not having auto focus, makes you take a little more time over what you are doing, unless that is important work that needs to be executed quickly,

Alternatively I would suggest the 35/1.8 that has already been mentioned, its a great lens at a great price and will auto focus on your D3100.

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