What Nikon could learn from Canon's "DX" lenses

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What Nikon could learn from Canon's "DX" lenses
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One of the frustrations with the Z DX series is the lack of lenses. What if Nikon were to introduce these DX lenses:

  • Z DX 11mm f/2 prime, 165g, $299
  • Z DX 16-70mm f/2.8-4.8, 395g, $399
  • Z DX 70-270mm f/4-5.6, 635g, $649

Not bad, eh? For 1195g and $1347 one could have a compact travel kit with reasonable DX apertures that covers FF equivalent 16-400mm on your Z50. I for one would be pretty excited to buy the first two of those lenses.

Well, this is what Canon has released, except those are FF lenses:

  • RF 16mm f/2.8, 165g, $299
  • RF 24-105 f/4-7.1, 395g, $399
  • RF 100-400 f/5.6-8 635g, $649

These lenses have been roundly criticized for their slow aperture, but as shown above, in APS-C terms these are very reasonable apertures.

An argument against DX lenses has often been made here: an FX lens with equivalently slow aperture and build quality would also be small, light, and cheap. The counter-argument was that Nikon doesn't build such lenses.

Well, now Canon does. Instead of introducing a line of RF APS-C bodies and lenses, they are satisfying the smaller/lighter/cheaper customers with slower FF lenses. This allows them to focus their effort on one platform (assuming the M mount is more or less a dead end) instead of segmenting their effort between DX and FX as Nikon is doing.

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