Compactness is supposed to be a DX draw, but where is it?

Started Jan 31, 2013 | Discussions thread
calson Veteran Member • Posts: 8,409
Re: Compactness is supposed to be a DX draw, but where is it?

DX was introduced as that was the maximum size sensors that could be produced. It had nothing to do with size and weight.There are full frame cameras that weigh less the the Nikon D2x APS-C camera, including the Canon 5D and Nikon D800 and D600 cameras.

10-24mm at 16oz versus 14-24mm at 35 oz. and Old Sigma 50-150mm at 31oz. versus 70-200mm f2.8 at 51oz. makes for a smaller and lighter kit as does a camera like the D7000 compared to the D4 in size and weight.

There is also the advantage of having a 70-200mm f4 function much like a very light 105-300mm f2.8 lens on a DX camera. Same applies with all other telephoto lenses on a DX camera.

Unfortunate that Sigma created such a monster 50-150mm lens. It is a full pound heavier than the old lens which luckily I held onto and did not sell. For an additional 4 oz. over the new Sigma I can carry the Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 lens. The Sigma is better for indoor use on a DX camera with its 50-70mm range.

For a truely lightweight kit though it is necessary to go to the mirrorless micro 4/3 cameras like the Olympus Pen. There you have a camera that with its 28-84mm equivalent FOV zoom lens weighs a total of 17 ounces.

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