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on May 21, 2010 in Camera Tech

The Lens Arsenal

I have a whole lot of images in my files, lots of all time favorites taken with the FX format. Before the D3, that’s the only digital option available to us. Jim makes the assertion that the composition wouldn’t change going up or down in sensor size and while in principle that’s true, for me there was a difference. This is only because the size of the image I saw in the viewfinder was like a pocket TV where that of the D3 is like a HD TV. That larger view for me makes it possible to quickly see those elements I want to include while seeing those I want to exclude. The speed for my eye to see this I feel helps in make the click of that deceive moment easier. I’ve personally seen an improvement in my photography since the D3 landed in my office. Is this why?

Then Nikon got back to make “35mm” lenses which they had been doing for such a long time. Is there a difference in quality between FX and DX lenses? Not anymore then there is between any two lenses you care to compare from within a manufacture or between different manufactures. When the D3 came out, the 14-24AFS and 24-70AFS came out. These are two gorgeous lenses that up until recently were pretty much main stays in my photography. That statement will lead you to think they aren’t anymore. Well, they are and they aren’t.

Nikon helps you visually take inventory of what you have and what you don’t have in your camera bag. Their Nikkor Lens Positioning Chart graphically helps you look at what you’ve got in a graphic way. And the discussion continues.