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The 18-55DX is a great little lens and, optically, it's far better than we're entitled to get for the price. The mechanics leave a bit to be desired but then we get what we pay for.
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Quote: The 18-55DX is a great little lens and, optically, it's far better than we're entitled to get for the price. The mechanics leave a bit to be desired but then we get what we pay for.
Why are you recommending a DX lens for an FX camera?
Currently I'm considering the Nikon 80-200/2.8 AFD (the second to last two touch version) as a possible solution as it isn't as big as the 70-200/2.8 and a second hand one is usually in the £500-£600 area which suits me perfectly. The lack of VR maybe an issue, I'm not sure.
Correct me if I am wrong but doesn't the D800 auto-deliver a cropped sensor if a DX lens is used to the tune of about 18Mpx? I am not suggesting a DX lens should be used with a D800 but if needs must?
There is some credence to the suggestion that camera shake will show up more on a sensor with more pixels than a lesser sensor presumably because the shake is effecting more pixels pro rata though in my own experience the difference is marginal; I suspect I will save up my pennies and buy a D800 at some stage and as usual probably NOT use a tripod and I will see for myself.
In the end test results, other people's invaluable experiences and opinions notwithstanding it is up to the individual to examine his/her results at 100% and compare lenses cheap and cheerful or rare, expensive, sexy and desirable, the results can be quite startling. Just as an example only and not to wander off at a tangent I am amazed at the quality of image exhibited by old Nikon manual lenses.
The 18-55 DX lens is a complete red herring, so please lets get away from it. The op was about a tele zoom for a D800, I think thewilliam either posted in the wrong topic or has a sense of humour and is teasing us!
Lets really analyse the 18-55, so much fun
I'm not sure how that comment about the 18-55 came to be in this thread.
While on the subject of DX vs FX, one colleague frequently uses DX lenses on her D800 because the auto-crop gives a more manageable file size! She hadn't understood the full implications of file sizes that were 3 times bigger than she'd been used to handling: like needing to buy a more powerful computer.
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