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15 Dec 2012 - 2:18 PM

Is there an FX lens equivalent to the DX Nikon 18-200 1:3.5-5.6 G ED VR lens?.
Either in terms of range, or versatility?


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Railcam  8481 forum posts Scotland
15 Dec 2012 - 3:34 PM

The 28-300 f3.5-5.6 VR G. Nikkor

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15 Dec 2012 - 4:06 PM

Thank you.
Much appreciated

LenShepherd e2 Member 62516 forum postsLenShepherd vcard United Kingdom
15 Dec 2012 - 5:46 PM

Nikons specification for the 28 300 is at http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/lens/zoom/normalzoom/af-s_nikkor28-300mmf_35-56g...

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edtaylor  3104 forum posts United Kingdom
15 Dec 2012 - 7:01 PM

I have a 28- 300 f3.5-5.6 VR G. It is a damn good lens. In my opinion. Very good walk about lens too.

15 Dec 2012 - 7:10 PM

Yes, I saw that specification in the 'Nikon range of lenses', after Railcam had identified it.
It seems to be the one, doesn't it? Grin

15 Dec 2012 - 8:12 PM

Yes. When I moved from a D300 to a D3s I sold my 18-200mm and bought the 28-300mm. It covers virtually the same purposes and field of view. Good lens.

15 Dec 2012 - 9:48 PM

Quote: .... I moved from a D300 to a D3s

Which is exactly what I'm about to do, except that I'm unsure, at the moment, whether to buy the D3 or the D3x
I'm not bothered about video so the D3s & the D4 don't appeal
The D3 will meet all of my needs, but I do like the idea of better resolution with the D3x for landscape shots but don't know
whether I want to forfeit the low-light provision and higher frame rate of the D3.
Plus, generally the D3x's are more expensive than the D3

The 28-300 VR G lens I may leave until March at the Focus on Imaging at the NEC - there might be discounts available.
I have lenses for the F5 that will work very well on the D3/3x in the meantime.

16 Dec 2012 - 12:04 PM

After a considerable amount of research - trawling through reviews etc -extrapolating my own requirements out of them, I have decided that I'm going to go with a D3 or D3s. Depending upon the deal/age/shutter count/condition/price GrinGrin

Thank you all, for your valued assistance/advice


16 Dec 2012 - 12:33 PM

Quote: After a considerable amount of research - trawling through reviews etc -extrapolating my own requirements out of them, I have decided that I'm going to go with a D3 or D3s. Depending upon the deal/age/shutter count/condition/price GrinGrin

Thank you all, for your valued assistance/advice


I should have said that I then went from the D3s to the D800. I was able to sell the D3s for a lot more than I had to pay for the D800, so was quids-in. Much better camera and money for beer.

16 Dec 2012 - 1:58 PM

Quote: ... and money for beer

This bit I like, very much.

Is the D800 really a much better camera than the D3s?
I must admit to having written it out of the reckoning on the basis of its 64 million pixels (GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin) being merely gimmicky.
You obviously believe differently

16 Dec 2012 - 2:53 PM


Apart from the 36Mp sensor, the main advantages of the D800 over the D3s include:

1. Much lighter and less bulky

2. Better high-ISO performance up to and including ISO 6400 (but not much above)

3. Faster and lower-light autofocus

4. Better rear LCD (not that I use it much other than for quick checks)

5. 36Mp

6. 36Mp

7. Greater dynamic range (the best DXO ever measured on a 35mm-type dSLR)

8. 36Mp


16 Dec 2012 - 2:57 PM

...I should say more on that High-ISO IQ question.

Compared to the D3s, the D800 at ISO 6400 not only shows less noise, but the noise is also of a different quality to that on the D3s at the same ISO. On the D800 it is more like "grain" rather than "noise". For some types of photography, that makes it a bit more acceptable in my eyes.

But yes - go higher than ISO 6400 and the quality of the D800 starts to get left behind by the D3s.

16 Dec 2012 - 3:37 PM

I apologise ~ it was a silly question Smile
You obviously regards the D800 over the D3s, otherwise you wouldn't have bought it.

I've had a look at the D800 - several reviews - and I'm going to (for a variety of valid reasons, to me) stick with my decision about the D3.
Not because I've disregarded your advice, you understand, rather because my requirements are specifically different.

For instance:
Due to the strokes, and their effect 8 years later, I've found (quite by accident) that I can't control a light camera body and lens as well as I can a heavy one. I have a grip on my D300 - not because of the additional battery capacity, but to help provide the inertia that I require.
I love the F5 with a 70-300 lens on it. Not a flicker of a shake. I can shoot that very adequately at 1/200th with the lens at 300mmFL
and get super shots out of it. Put a 50mm f1.8 prime on the D300 body without the grip, and I'll produce a shot that is only good for the 'abstract' file. You know. that file for shots that don't fall into any recognisable category
What I'm looking for is the digital equivalent of the F5 & I think that the D3 will provide it.

I've never had a camera that will set at ISO 6400 GrinGrin The highest I've set the D300 at is 2000. It does have a setting H 1.0 which is 2 stops above ISO 3200, but I've no idea whether this equates to 6400, or not. Smile

Oh, er. I did note that the D800 has a slightly higher MP count than the D3 ~ 36, or something GrinGrinWinkSmile

Last Modified By strokebloke at 16 Dec 2012 - 3:40 PM
16 Dec 2012 - 3:52 PM

One friend, a wedding photographer, replaced his D3S bodies with D800 because he was selling a lot more 20x16 inch albums. A single image over a spread would be 20 x 32 or 16 x 40 inches and the extra pixels really count when pix are this big.

He's old enough to remember how to cope with 400 ISO in low light so the D800 maximum ISO is more than enough.

Last Modified By thewilliam at 16 Dec 2012 - 3:54 PM

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