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    Quote Originally Posted by camerax View Post
    hi guys, the title said it. do you think that this format is going to be dead??

    for some people who may not notice, nikon havent released 2.8 lens for dx format since 2003.

    17-55 2.8 DX is probably the last professional DX lens by nikon.

    a lot of my friends dont even want to invest their money on DX lenses anymore because they are worried.'

    what you guys think about this?

    my personal opinion is : i think there is a chance that this will be dead. If the price of FX camera go down to the level which is affordable, i think its safe to say goodbye with DX format.
    If DX is going to die, then Four-Thirds should have been extinct long ago!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lsisaxon View Post
    If DX is going to die, then Four-Thirds should have been extinct long ago!!
    Maybe DX goes extinct and only Four Thirds remain?

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    FF format optical quality is better cos of the sensor, so pros will use FF,
    but price is still not within reach of most hobbyists; and DX also has other advantages, besides cheaper, lighter and can zoom further.
    Maybe it's a question of time, in 1 yr, 10 yrs, 100 yrs... or maybe FF also obsolete and another new technology "XX" extreme something something may just take over...
    not sure how long it takes for film SLR to fade away when digital format emerges... but saw someone in SITEX asked those camera booths if they have any "new 1st hand" analog SLR.. even dies off, still got market, though small... of course the answer he got is 'no such camera on sale'...
    but my take is that DX to die off will not in near future that will be of concern to photographers at present..

    Just a question... FF camera can use DX lenses, but with some constraints like vignetting..
    but can FF camera shoot in FF format and also in DX format (the other way can't) by making some settings?
    say use 300mm lenses in FF only 300mm, but tweak the settings to shoot in DX, can zoom to 450mm (also can see via viewfinder or LCD with live-view). Any FF camera can do it? Hope the experts here can shed some light. (assume x1.5)

    If not, after shooting in FF format, crop the image (of course cannot see in viewfinder) later to 450mm. Will the image quality be on par, if not better, than shooting 300mm, but at 450mm using DX format? Using same lens but different format camera (but same megapixels, etc.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by dorts View Post
    Maybe DX goes extinct and only Four Thirds remain?
    If FX optics prices can come down, then there would be something to say. I still think DX still has some advantages over FX at this point in time. For example, I have a decent quality 18-200. 28-300 on FX is just crap.

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    guys, calm down.

    How will it be dead?

    people said film would be 'dead' years ago. trust me, its not.

    Your dx camera will be the same as it was, it won't suddenly 'die'

    and there will be even more cheap second hand lenses etc on the market from the people going to ff.

    But this is why I waited to go digi until now. I waited for full frame (D700 essentially) , and my waiting paid off. My only reason to go FF is for all my manual / 35mm lenses that would have a crappy crop factor (yeah I hate crop factor because i do landscape etc so i value wide angle)

    Dont get latest equipment for the sake of it. think about what you shoot and wether you really need ff.

    I dont think you'll see any new ff (from nikon anyway) for a while. It doesnt make sence, it would pull away from the D90 they just released. Its gonna be a while. Expect new versions of a D700 before a totally new consumer ff. In the current economic mess, people are holding onto their money, already a problem for the D3x.

    Just shoot more, worry less. If you are satisfied with the pics you are taking with dx, then just chill! If not, maybe practice more :]

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    Electronic improves very fast, the first affortable D70 came out in 2004 with price around $2k, today one can buy the D60 for below $1k, D700 is now selling at below $4k today, I expect within few years, I should be ablet to buy FF DSLR for below 2k and DX DSLR for few hundreds, then eventually FF DSLR starting at the range of $1k then DX body will disappear.

    Nikon is adopting a very smart approach; their FF DSLR is able to use DX lense with in-camera croping to make it behave like DX camera, actually this is only a matter of software processing and I believe future FF DSLR from Nikon will always have such a feature. Our investment of DX lense is protected.

    My guess is in next 5 years, DX body will disappear from the market. DX vs FF is totally difference from Digital vs Film(some film users believe that film produces better quality than digital), However DX is the subset of FF (unless someone believe that DX can produce better picture quality than FF??), if FF body is so affortable who is going to ask for DX?

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    Just shoot more first la. Either that or skip DX and go move to PnS ?

    What I'd personally like to have is a set of lens (Some FX and some DX) and shoot with a main FX body and a secondary DX body. At least for Nikon, I suddenly have a built in 1.5x teleconverter which is lossless ? Haha.... :-P

    Anyways, even if FX body becomes soooo affordable, there's still the backward compatibility with DX lenses, so far......
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    Quote Originally Posted by poh6702 View Post
    Electronic improves very fast, the first affortable D70 came out in 2004 with price around $2k, today one can buy the D60 for below $1k, D700 is now selling at below $4k today, I expect within few years, I should be ablet to buy FF DSLR for below 2k and DX DSLR for few hundreds, then eventually FF DSLR starting at the range of $1k then DX body will disappear.

    Nikon is adopting a very smart approach; their FF DSLR is able to use DX lense with in-camera croping to make it behave like DX camera, actually this is only a matter of software processing and I believe future FF DSLR from Nikon will always have such a feature. Our investment of DX lense is protected.

    My guess is in next 5 years, DX body will disappear from the market. DX vs FF is totally difference from Digital vs Film(some film users believe that film produces better quality than digital), However DX is the subset of FF (unless someone believe that DX can produce better picture quality than FF??), if FF body is so affortable who is going to ask for DX?
    Even if FF becomes cheap, it doesn't mean you have to adopt it. Even though DSLRs have much better image quality, why doesn't everyone skip the compacts and go to DSLRs? There is no denying that FF produces better IQ, but it doesn't mean that we need to adopt FF.

    Weight and size is a major concern. You wouldn't want to be lugging tonnes of equipment, especially for telephoto lenses.

    Unless bodies and lenses can be made smaller?

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    Unless bodies and lenses can be made smaller?
    Entirely possible, if a material that's lighter than the plastic we use now and yet as sturdy or even sturdier is invented. While it may not happen, chances are it will.

    I think FX and DX will co-exist for a very long time. The reason why FX is so expensive is because of the price of the silicon- a bigger sensor means more silicon, which means more expensive.

    Because of this price factor, DX will still live on; even if the price of silicon drop so much that FX cameras can be bought at sub-$2k, that means DX cameras can be bought at like... uh, $400?

    Personally I'd rather get the $400 camera. :P

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    Entirely possible, if a material that's lighter than the plastic we use now and yet as sturdy or even sturdier is invented. While it may not happen, chances are it will.

    I think FX and DX will co-exist for a very long time. The reason why FX is so expensive is because of the price of the silicon- a bigger sensor means more silicon, which means more expensive.

    Because of this price factor, DX will still live on; even if the price of silicon drop so much that FX cameras can be bought at sub-$2k, that means DX cameras can be bought at like... uh, $400?

    Personally I'd rather get the $400 camera. :P

    Not just the sensor... Many film optics cannot make it for FX. Need to use redesigned optics also for optimum performance.. ==> $$$!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dorts View Post
    Even if FF becomes cheap, it doesn't mean you have to adopt it. Even though DSLRs have much better image quality, why doesn't everyone skip the compacts and go to DSLRs? There is no denying that FF produces better IQ, but it doesn't mean that we need to adopt FF.

    Weight and size is a major concern. You wouldn't want to be lugging tonnes of equipment, especially for telephoto lenses.

    Unless bodies and lenses can be made smaller?

    seriously , i am so curious. is d700 / d3 that HEAVY?? i remember lot of people complained about slr before i bought mine. and they were like, oh yeah, it would be cumbersome, bla bla bla.

    after i got my d40, i have to say, the size DONT BOTHER me at all. and i am sure the same thing applies to d3. i dont think the size is that bad. how heavy it can be??
    its not like 5 kilos. it cant be that bad, come on .

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    Quote Originally Posted by camerax View Post
    seriously , i am so curious. is d700 / d3 that HEAVY?? i remember lot of people complained about slr before i bought mine. and they were like, oh yeah, it would be cumbersome, bla bla bla.

    after i got my d40, i have to say, the size DONT BOTHER me at all. and i am sure the same thing applies to d3. i dont think the size is that bad. how heavy it can be??
    its not like 5 kilos. it cant be that bad, come on .
    Erm... Not only the body, not forgetting lenses.

    I'm using an Olympus E-3 and I personally find it quite heavy already (800g body only), considering I'm not well built.

    The D3 is 1.2kg while the D700 is about 1kg. If you are a pro, you'll probably carry a few bodies with lenses. Imagine how it will weigh you down.


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    and even if it was 5kilos... carry it for a month.. and its no sweat again...

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    The D3 is 1.2kg while the D700 is about 1kg. If you are a pro, you'll probably carry a few bodies with lenses. Imagine how it will weigh you down.

    pros have sherpas

    you may know them better as 'photographer's assistant'

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    Quote Originally Posted by night86mare View Post
    pros have sherpas

    you may know them better as 'photographer's assistant'
    I forgot.

    Carry D3(x)... Hmm... Take and run!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dorts View Post
    Erm... Not only the body, not forgetting lenses.

    I'm using an Olympus E-3 and I personally find it quite heavy already (800g body only), considering I'm not well built.

    The D3 is 1.2kg while the D700 is about 1kg. If you are a pro, you'll probably carry a few bodies with lenses. Imagine how it will weigh you down.

    The body itself is not going to bring you down But if you add on a heavy lens, yah it ill be rather significant. To be frank, for a guy, you can easily carry it and hold on. But for prolong usage like more than 1 hour, you will feel tired for sure.

    If you put on a 50mm f/1.4 with a D3, it feels just right. If you put on a 24-70 f/2.8, it's on the heavy side. Add on another SB800 or SB900. You better have some training in your biceps. One cons is definitely heavy setup makes it easier to shake. So peformance comes with a price in weight
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    Dx will not die out, they need to be around to bridge between the prosumer cameras and the higher costing FF DSLRs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by camerax View Post
    seriously , i am so curious. is d700 / d3 that HEAVY?? i remember lot of people complained about slr before i bought mine. and they were like, oh yeah, it would be cumbersome, bla bla bla.

    after i got my d40, i have to say, the size DONT BOTHER me at all. and i am sure the same thing applies to d3. i dont think the size is that bad. how heavy it can be??
    its not like 5 kilos. it cant be that bad, come on .
    I am using a D200 with grip. Coupled with 2 battries inside, a 70-210 AF-D lens and a SB-800 flash, the rig is about 3 kilos or so....

    It can hurt your shoulders just carrying the bag around town looking for subjects to shoot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dorts View Post
    Even if FF becomes cheap, it doesn't mean you have to adopt it. Even though DSLRs have much better image quality, why doesn't everyone skip the compacts and go to DSLRs? There is no denying that FF produces better IQ, but it doesn't mean that we need to adopt FF.

    Weight and size is a major concern. You wouldn't want to be lugging tonnes of equipment, especially for telephoto lenses.

    Unless bodies and lenses can be made smaller?
    No one has a crystal ball to see the future, cosumer behavior is also not an easy subject to understand. But my reasoning here is based on what I see that the P&S is going up the prosumer level and FF DSLR is going down to affortable level, the DX DSLR is in between that is neither here nor there. People who wants convenient will go for P&S, those who want the Power of DSLR, will they buy DX or FF DSLR?

    Interms of body weight, there is very litter difference between DX and FF body (eg: D2X vs D3, D300 vs D700).

    DX system gains in the tele end, but the FF system gain in the wide end, and if FF system can switch to DX mode(in the case of Nikon), it has the best of both word. For example, if you are using a D700 + 24-124mmVR lense. When in FF mode, you have 24mm wide, and when you need to shoot 186mm, switch to DX mode and you get 186mm end result, the camera is smart enough to ustilize the DX portion of the sensor.

    Your guess is as good as my guess, we only know the result in 3-5 years time

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    The consumer market is the biggest market that camera manufacturers are most concerned about (according to what I've read, lah). Someone started a thread saying nowsaday so many people/youngsters are carrying DSLRs as the new fashion accessory, so I guess there's some truth to that?

    FF prices may be falling, but it's still not cheap.

    And no matter how low FF DSLRs go, APS-C bodies will still always be cheaper, as will Di-only lenses, at least for for forseeable future (2-3 years?). Cheap is good. The masses like cheap. More kids will think it's cool to own one of these cool toys, so they buy more cameras, camera makers become happy. I think even your dad who's never owned an SLR in his life may be tempted to check one out, now that body+lens kits are going below the $1k mark.

    What pleases the typical consumer:
    MAX megapixels! (Size of sensor? Huh? What's that?)
    MEGA zoom!
    Lightweight
    Compact body.
    CHEAP!

    These are the features that the APS-C DSLRs have an advantage over FF. IQ (bokeh), pixel density, and gaining back wide angle aren't really relevant points to consider for this group of people.

    Of course, these are merely opinions only. We could all be wrong. For all you know, maybe a major outbreak of e-Virus destroys all DSLRs and we all go back to film.
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