D600 vs d7100

Started Apr 26, 2013 | Discussions thread
chlamchowder
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In reply to noirdesir, May 5, 2013

If we're going to be so unfair, how about:

To cover any set of focal lengths, you will have to almost universally pay more for a FX set than a DX set.

WA zooms:

  • DX: Tokina 12-24 mm f/4: $450
  • FX: Nikon 18-35 mm f/3.5-4.5 AF-S: $750
  • FX: Tokina 17-35 mm f/4: $600

Tamron 19-35/3.5-4.5: $100

DX price advantage: -$350

Short standard zooms:

  • DX: 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S $100
  • DX: 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR AF-S: $200
  • FX: 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G VR AF-S: $600

Tamron 28-80/3.5-5.6: $25

DX price advantage: -$85

Expanded standard zooms:

  • DX: 16-85 mm f/3.5-5.6G VR AF-S: $630
  • FX: 24-120 mm f/4 VR AF-S: $1300

Nikon 24-120/3.5-5.6 D: $150

DX price advantage: -$480

Superzooms:

  • DX:18-200 mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S: $850
  • FX: 28-300 mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S: $1050

Tamron 28-300/3.5-5.6: $105

DX price advantage: -$745

Average DX price savings so far: a loss of $415. Awesome! Oh wait....

Short tele zoom:

  • DX: Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 EX OS HSM: $1100
  • FX: Nikon 70-200 mm f/4 VR AF-S: $1400

Nikon AF 70-210/4: $250

DX price advantage: -$850

Medium tele zooms:

  • DX: 55-200 mm f/4.5-5.6 VR AF-S: $250
  • FX: 70-300 mm f/4-5.6 VR AF-S: $600

Sigma 70-300/4-5.6: $50

DX price advantage: -$200

Long tele zoom:

  • DX: 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR AF-S: $400
  • FX: 80-400 mm f/4.5-5.6 VR AF-S: $1500

Tamron 200-400/5.6: $200

DX price advantage: -$200

Macros short:

  • DX: Nikon 40 mm f/2.8 AF-S: $280
  • FX: Nikon 60 mm f/2.8 AF-S: $550

Sigma 50mm f/2.8: $250

DX price advantage: -$30

Macros long:

  • DX: Nikon 60 mm f/2.8 AF-S: $550
  • FX: Nikon 105 mm f/2.8 AF-S: $900

Sigma 105/2.8: $350

DX price advantage: -$200

Macros very long:

  • DX: Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS: $1000
  • DX: Nikon 105 mm f/2.8 AF-S: $900
  • FX: Sigma 150mm f/2.8 OS HSM: $1100

look used: Sigma 150/2.8 for $700

But yeah, macros are a category where DX has advantages due to pixel density

Standard prime:

  • DX: Nikon 35 mm f/1.8 AF-S: $200
  • FX: Nikon 50 mm f/1.8 AF-S: $220

Nikon 50/1.8 AF: $90

DX price advantage: -$110

Portrait prime:

  • DX: 85 mm f/1.8 mm AF-S: $500
  • FX: 135 mm f/2 mm: $1150

80-200/2.8 AF does that for FX for $400 or so, if fast AF is not a requirement (not like the 85 or 135 are built for fast AF anyways)

Medium tele:

  • DX: 135 mm f/2 mm: $1150
  • FX: Nikon 180 mm f/2.8: $750

Just get a used first-gen 80-200/2.8 AF for $400 or so...price savings for both formats.

Longish prime:

  • DX: Nikon 180 mm f/2.8: $750
  • FX: Nikon 300 mm f/4: $1370

Nikon 300mm f/4 D: $500

But yes, telephoto is where DX has advantages due to pixel density.

********* Approximating primes with zooms *********

WA primes:

  • DX: Tokina 12-24 mm f/4: $450
  • FX: Nikon 20 mm f/2.8 AF-D: $500
  • FX: Nikon 24 mm f/2.8 AF-D: $360
  • FX: Nikon 28 mm f/2.8 AF-D: $270
  • FX: Nikon 35 mm f/2 AF-D: $330

Don't know how you're coming up with such high prices. Buy used...

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