Next DX lens wanted!

Started Jul 9, 2003 | Discussions thread
Jono Slack
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Re: Well, some of us do...

Okay then

compare it to a theoretical Nikon 400mm f2.8 (both that and the 300mm Olympus will produce the same FOV, ignoring the different aspect). Half the people around here clearly expect the D2X to be full frame, which takes you right back to my original point.

You completely ignore my point that for most people the theoretical arguments you are so keen on are not relevant to their picture taking experience. I actually find them quite enlightening, but that's not the point.

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jono slack

Joseph S. Wisniewski wrote:

Jono Slack wrote:

But the fact that it's a 300mm lens,is as relevant to the fact that
the lens on the cp5400 is really 5.8-24mm

What one is interested in as a photographer is the FOV and not mm -
you should be comparing the 300mm f2.8 olympus with a 600mm f2.8

Now, why would I want to do that? Nikon has 3 different cameras
with 1.5x FOV multipliers. If you crop to Oly 4:3 aspect, it's a
1.7x, and if you crop to a 5MP 4:3 aspect, you're at 1.8x.

So, since some of us have been shooting a camera that is within 11%
of the "4/3 system" for years, it's perfectly fair to compare the
300mm Nikon to the 300mm Oly.

The Nikon is an amazingly sharp lens, even on a 1.4x TC, so I'm not
bothered by talk of "designed for digital" sharpness. The plain
truth is that the Oly is longer, wider, and 1.6 pounds heavier than
a competing 300mm f2.8 with a more sophicticated focusing system
and a reputation for uncompromised optical quality and ruggedness.

(If the 11% botheres you, Nikon could take the 300mm f2.8 and scale
it up to a 330mm f2.8 that would still weigh 0.4 pounds less than
the Oly).

The same would be true (although to a lesser extent) of a DX
lens design. From a technical point of view you are undoubtedly
right, but in terms of weight in that camera bag, I still maintain
my point.

As I maintain mine. With my D100 and my 300mm f2.8 Nikkor, I'm
going to get about the same picture as the E-1 and the 300mm Zuiko,
but I'm 1.6 pounds lighter.

As far as I can see, the only effective practical difference
between the two lenses in real terms for real photographers (i.e.
E1 300mm vs Nikon 35mm 600mm) is the Depth of Field, the pros and
cons of which are arguable anyway.

I'll keep that in mind, if I ever shoot 35mm film again

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