Nikon AF-P 70-300s - DX vs FX ?

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cyuill2007 Senior Member • Posts: 1,166
Re: Nikon AF-P 70-300s - DX vs FX ?
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I own the older AF-S 70-300 G VR FX lens. It is sharp from 70-250mm, but softens up a bit from 250-300mm. Stopping down to f/8 @ 300mm helps. I once tested the newer AF-P 70-300 VR FX lens - it is sharp up to 300mm, even wide open. It is quite nicely built - not to pro caliber, but suitable for enthusiasts who don’t abuse their gear. It is supposed to be optically a bit better overall than the DX model.

The FX has the benefit of covering the full sensor on FX-format cameras. The DX lens will only be usable on an FX body in DX cropped mode. Because it is more versatile, I would go with the FX model if I was going to purchase a 70-300mm lens. The reason I didn’t do so when I tested it is because I decided to purchase a Sigma 100-400 instead. That lens is at least as sharp as the AF-P 70-300 VR from 100-300mm, and it zooms out to 400mm, where it is pretty good.

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Nikon D7000 Nikon 1 V1 Nikon 1 V2 Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR +8 more
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