D3200 and prime lenses and focusing

Started Sep 24, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Graeme NZ
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D3200 and prime lenses and focusing
Sep 24, 2012

I recently purchased a D3200 with its 18-55mm kit lens. My main reason was to see whether the 24Mp sensor would perform better (resolution) than the D7000 16Mp at low ISO using prime lenses. (I already have a D7000 with 18-105,70-300VR, 35 1.8G,50 1.8G, 85 1.8G)

My experience to date is as follows

The 3200 does perform better (resolution) than the D7000 at low ISO using primes BUT you have to use Liveview for all focusing. ( The liveview focusing is excellent)

If you use PDAF (viewfinder) the focusing system is not accurate enough to get the full benefit of the 24 Mp sensor with prime lenses. It is consistently off the mark.

It needs ( I think) the fine focus adjacement for each prime lens.

The 18-55mm lens focuses well with PDAF (viewfinder) but it is not sharp enough to get the best out of this 24Mp sensor (only any use for video)

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Nikon D7000 Nikon D3200 Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR +2 more
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