Help!... thinking of upgrading to FX but have DX lenses

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paul2009
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Help!... thinking of upgrading to FX but have DX lenses
8 months ago

Hello - I'm thinking of upgrading from my D90 to a D600.

My current lenses are: 35mm+50mm (both DX 1.8f) and the 18-105 kit lens

I presume these would be no good on the D600?

AND if not, what similar lenses are there for FX? (I like the primes because they are fun, v v sharp and cheap!).

Thanks if you're able to advise.

Paul

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Re: Help!... thinking of upgrading to FX but have DX lenses
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The lenses will work fine. It will be just like shooting on a DX camera. The FX cameras have an auto-crop mode that automatically adjusts for the DX lenses. This means only that you're wasting some of the potential of the FX sensor.

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Upgrade to D7100 and add the new Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 Art
In reply to paul2009, 8 months ago

You're familiar with DX shooting.

The new sensor technology will blow your socks off compared to the D90

Add the Sigma Art lens and you'll have a beautiful combination.

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In reply to paul2009, 8 months ago

The 50/1.8 is FX. The other two are DX. Sell the DX lenses and buy the 35/1.8 version when it comes out or maybe the Sigma 35/1.4 which is $800.

If you want a versatile zoom go for the Nikon 24-120/4 or wait for the soon to be released Sigma 24-105.

You can continue to shoot your DX lenses in DX mode on the D600 but you bought into FX for a reason so switch to FX.

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The 50 is FX. The others you have no use for. It is pointless to buy FX body if you shoot in DX mode.

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Don't forget the DX factor...
In reply to paul2009, 8 months ago

If you are using a 35mm on a DX, the equivalent focal length on FF is 52.5mm

The 50mm lens equates to 75mm on FF.

You can keep the 50mm lens as that is an excellent FF lens, but the others will not work in FF mode.

Note, even the D600 in DX mode yields 18mp effectively, so you will still have an improvement in performance over the D90, even in DX mode.

Back to lenses...

The 50mm covers your 35mm focal length on DX, but the 75mm effective DX focal length is going to be an oddball if you use a prime.

The D600 kit zoom lens may be a good alternative, but if you want a prime the 85mm f/1.8G is an outstanding value.  It's a little more reach than 75mm, but worth the investment.

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In reply to paul2009, 8 months ago

You haven't said why you want to switch to FX. Your lens are not wide angle so an upgrade to the D7100 would be perfect for you. It'll blow your D90 away.

On FX your 50mm lens would be the equivalent of your 35mm lens on DX so you can just sell your 35mm.

If you then wanted to have the equivalent of your 50mm then the 85mm f1.8 is arguably one of the best lens made. The money you get for your 35mm will go towards it.

Your 18-105 will not be needed on your FX camera and you will not get a lot of money for it. I would suggest as a replacement either the 24-85, 24-120 f4 or for more vesatility the 28-300. Personally I prefer the 24-85. To get you going for minimum cost you could also consider the 28-105d zoom. You can only get it second hand but its a great lens although it does not have VR.

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Re: Don't forget the DX factor...
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user_name wrote:

Note, even the D600 in DX mode yields 18mp effectively, so you will still have an improvement in performance over the D90, even in DX mode.

The D600 in DX mode yields a 10 MP IMAGE, not eighteen. More like a D200. It is still very useful feature. OP: Until you decide what FX lenses to purchase (my recommendation would be a 24-85, or a 24-120, a 28 1.8, and a 85 1.8), you can get to know your new camera using the DX lenses.

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In reply to paul2009, 8 months ago

I went from the D90 to the D600. It is an eye opener!!! Amazing world of difference!!!

http://www.amazon.com/Nikon-Prime-Nikkor-Digital-Cameras/dp/B001GCVA0U/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1388619591&sr=1-1&keywords=nikkor+50mm+1.4g

is my favorite lens for it right now.

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I went from D80 to D800 (slightly bigger step then you, but more similar then the Pixel numbers may seem, d80-d90 are pretty close in image quality as are d600 and d800 apart from pixel amount). It's an eye opener definitely. Especially if you shoot RAW. But even Jpeg is amazing.

I use 24-120mm F4 VR (highly recommended as standard lens, a bit heavy maybe if you are not used to FX, so test it first, 24-85 VR if you want less weight).

50mm F1.8G and 85mm F1.8 are highly recommended for starting FX user. Very good price/quality rate. You already have the first

I just got the Sigma 35mm F1.4 35mm. So far really impressed, but still testing it yet. Might need a bit focus callibration (finetuning) for far distance. This seems like a nice buy (especially reading reviews), but you might hold off a little and just focus on standard lens first. 24-85 (or 24-120mm) + 50mm for lowlight stuff or when you want the best sharpness), will be amazing combo to start with. Then just look wich mm you use most often and buy lenses accordingly. The 85mm I mentioned is however incredible cheap for what you get, so it should be a no brainer (when you have the money later on). Any other lens must be considered carefully as the choice, not a simple 'take that lens and it will fit you perfectly'. Both weight, price, and other parameters vary a lot more for both wide angle and tele (70mm+ zooms or primes). Don't rush purchases on these. Unless you of course know 'this is it, i know i need more tele because - for instance - i love racing and i want to track these cars with my camera and take pictures from them.

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paul2009 wrote:

Hello - I'm thinking of upgrading from my D90 to a D600.

My current lenses are: 35mm+50mm (both DX 1.8f) and the 18-105 kit lens

I presume these would be no good on the D600?

AND if not, what similar lenses are there for FX? (I like the primes because they are fun, v v sharp and cheap!).

Thanks if you're able to advise.

Paul

Although they will work in crop mode, it is pretty pointless to buy an FX camera to use DX lenses.

The 50mm 1.8 lens you have should work fine on the D600 as it should be an FX lens. If you like prime lenses, the 28mm and 85mm f/1.8 AFS lenses are also very nice - and good value for the money.   You really can't go wrong with those three f/1.8 prime lenses.

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paul2009 wrote:

Hello - I'm thinking of upgrading from my D90 to a D600.

My current lenses are: 35mm+50mm (both DX 1.8f) and the 18-105 kit lens

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I have a D90 and mainly DX lenses apart from the 50 1.8D (like you). I have just ordered a D610 body and a secondhand Nikkor 24 2.8. I will probably sell the DX stuff. I will keep the 50mm which is FX.

I decided against the D600 which has a significant incidence of sensor-oil problems ... the D610 is not much more expensive.

Google "Flickr nikkor 24mm 2.8 pool" if you want some inspiration.

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Not a big loss
In reply to paul2009, 8 months ago

The 50 is an FX lens. The other two are relatively cheap DX lenses and it's no great loss to sell them with the camera body of by themselves. I expected someone to be listing a half dozen $$$$ DX lenses when I opened this post.

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user_name wrote:

If you are using a 35mm on a DX, the equivalent focal length on FF is 52.5mm

The 35mm is 52.5mm equivalent on DX, not on FX. On FX it is 35mm.

The 50mm lens equates to 75mm on FF.

The 50mm lens is equivalent to 75mm on DX, not on FF.

You can keep the 50mm lens as that is an excellent FF lens, but the others will not work in FF mode.

Note, even the D600 in DX mode yields 18mp effectively, so you will still have an improvement in performance over the D90, even in DX mode.

No, it is only 10MP in DX mode, not 18.

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Re: Help!... thinking of upgrading to FX but have DX lenses
In reply to paul2009, 8 months ago

I recently upgraded from D7000 -> D600 (returned) -> D800. The 35MM is perfectly usable in FX mode in f2.8 - f8.0 range. I still use it on the D800 and adapt it for NEX-6. I really like the 35mm FL on FX than 50mm.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkvsh3IFRLg

I would also keep the d90, 18-105mm combo. You will probably only get couple of hundred bucks for that. You might as well keep it as a back up body for shooting time lapses. Get the body only D600 for now, if you're on a tight budget.

There are a plenty of 24-85mm VR for eBay for $250, thanks to people selling it off from their D600/D610 kit.

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mathi_vadhanan wrote:

I recently upgraded from D7000 -> D600 (returned) -> D800. The 35MM is perfectly usable in FX mode in f2.8 - f8.0 range. I still use it on the D800 and adapt it for NEX-6. I really like the 35mm FL on FX than 50mm.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkvsh3IFRLg

I would also keep the d90, 18-105mm combo. You will probably only get couple of hundred bucks for that. You might as well keep it as a back up body for shooting time lapses. Get the body only D600 for now, if you're on a tight budget.

There are a plenty of 24-85mm VR for eBay for $250, thanks to people selling it off from their D600/D610 kit.

I would like to second the notion of using the 35mm DX lens in FX mode. You can even use it wide open, people just assume you added some instagram effect to the image. I prefer 35mm over 50mm as well, and I will be in line to get the FX 35mm 1.8 when it's available. Until then I will continue to use the DX lens in FX mode on my D600.

If you have budget restrictions there are tons of standard zooms on the second hand market that are on par with the 18-105 DX lens, though most won't have the same reach on the long end.

Any particular reason you are thinking of switching to FX?

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