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Old Dec 20, 2011, 10:53 AM   #1
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I have these AF-S DX lenses. Can I use them on an FX camera ?

18-105 VR
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35 f/2.8

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The D700 can be set so that it automatically senses when a DX lens is attached, so that it can use a special DX mode, where it crops the image to 2784 x 1848 pixels (5.1 megapixels) to prevent vignetting.

It's my understanding that you can turn that off and try to shoot at higher resolutions (uncropped). But, you may get vignetting with some lenses and focal lengths trying to shoot that way (because the image circle projected may not be large enough to cover a full frame sensor).

But, as for your lenses, I don't think Nikon made a 70-300mm DX lens. So, it's probably full frame (unless you meant the 55-300mm). I don't think Nikon made a DX version of a 35mm f/2.8 either (although they do make a 35mm f/1.8 that's a DX lens). Tokina makes a 35mm f/2.8 DX lens though.
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JimC , Thank you for your reply. You are correct: My 35mm is 1.8 not 2.8 as stated and my 70-300 VR is ED, not DX as stated.

I'd like opinions whether the D700 is worth the extra $$ over the D7000 for IQ at higher ISO (low light) ?

Also, is the D700 Autofocus better than the D7000 for action photography ?

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It probably is better at both (IQ at higher ISO Speeds, AF speed). But, lenses would be important, too. What type of action photography are you talking about, and in what conditions?

For low light, that 70-300mm zoom is not going to be a suitable option with either camera. You'll want a lens that can maintain f/2.8 throughout it's focal range. So, you may want to look at upgrading to a more suitable lens first before worrying about a different body.
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If you're looking to make a major purchase .i.e a D700 or D7000, you may want to continue to evaluate exactly what it is your looking for in a camera body.
I say this because Nikon is due to announce the next upgrades to the D700 and D3 sometime in the beginning of the new year, (Jan. Feb timeframe).

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It probably is better at both (IQ at higher ISO Speeds, AF speed). But, lenses would be important, too. What type of action photography are you talking about, and in what conditions?

For low light, that 70-300mm zoom is not going to be a suitable option with either camera. You'll want a lens that can maintain f/2.8 throughout it's focal range. So, you may want to look at upgrading to a more suitable lens first before worrying about a different body.
I photograph airplanes in flight, wildlife (both stationary and moving), and two young grandchildren.

Yes, at the moment it would seem my money is better spent on a 70-200 f/2.8 instead of upgrading my D90.

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If you're looking to make a major purchase .i.e a D700 or D7000, you may want to continue to evaluate exactly what it is your looking for in a camera body.
I say this because Nikon is due to announce the next upgrades to the D700 and D3 sometime in the beginning of the new year, (Jan. Feb timeframe).

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Good point.

I've viewed your D90 photographs taken with the Nikon 70-200 VR f/2.8 . Very nice.

I've been debating the merits of upgrading to a camera which is better at higher ISO for ~ $1200 (D7000) versus a lens @ $2400 .

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Unless you absolutely NEED a walkaround, may want to consider selling the 18-200 to generat some cash if you get the 70-200 f2.8, and possibly sell the 70-300. Nice additions would be a 50 prime and/or a 1.4 converter (making the 70-200 a 98-280 f4).

That would also set you up nicely if you made the jump to full frame, particurally if you were going to sell the D90, not keeping it as a backup, and wouldn't have use for the DX lens and their compromises on a full frame.

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Good point.
I've been debating the merits of upgrading to a camera which is better at higher ISO for ~ $1200 (D7000) versus a lens @ $2400 .

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Hi,

My upgrade path was getting the refurbished D90 body, then getting a used 70-200mm (VR1 version) 2.8 lens. Instead of paying $2400, the lens cost me $1600.

Adding the 70-200mm VR1 or II to your D90 will give you an immediate and very significant upgrade in performance to what you have now. You will also
benefit in low light performance because of the aperture setting of 2.8 throughout the focal range.

The 70-200mm is an amazing lens with very quick focus response, locks onto a moving subject really without any issues and IMHO is one of there best lenses that Nikon has designed. Adding a TC-14E telecom essentially gives you a 300mm F4 lens without any loss of resolution or detail.

All that being said, The D7000 is a great camera with a better sensor and more sophisticated AF system than the D90. But I think you'll get more bang for your buck by going with the lens first.

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Unless you absolutely NEED a walkaround, may want to consider selling the 18-200 to generat some cash if you get the 70-200 f2.8, and possibly sell the 70-300. Nice additions would be a 50 prime and/or a 1.4 converter (making the 70-200 a 98-280 f4).

That would also set you up nicely if you made the jump to full frame, particurally if you were going to sell the D90, not keeping it as a backup, and wouldn't have use for the DX lens and their compromises on a full frame.
Good points. Until I upgrade bodies, I could keep the 18-105 VR, the 35 f/1.8, and be well-set with the 70-200 w/1.4 TC.

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