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    Much confusion between DX and FX format... Does Nikon Cameras ie. D90 and D700 supports both DX and FX format? Or there are some cases where certain cameras cannot support certain format?

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    both DX and FX cam supports DX and FX lenses. Im quite sure u've read the canon's section or so, cause EF-S lenses cannot be mounted on FF bodies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgboy83 View Post
    Much confusion between DX and FX format... Does Nikon Cameras ie. D90 and D700 supports both DX and FX format? Or there are some cases where certain cameras cannot support certain format?
    how do you mean by "cannot support certain format"? DX is the "cropped frame" format while FX is the "full-frame" format. nikon has support for both.

    if your talking about compatibility of camera and lens, DX cameras (ie D90, D300/s, Dxxx) will mount both DX and FX lenses. in theory, FX cameras (D700, D3/s) will mount FX lenses only in FX mode (but there are also DX lenses that will work acceptably even in FX format). FX cams will also mount DX lenses but with vignetting on FX mode, will mount ok in DX mode.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sgboy83 View Post
    Much confusion between DX and FX format... Does Nikon Cameras ie. D90 and D700 supports both DX and FX format? Or there are some cases where certain cameras cannot support certain format?
    Your question is a bit vague, so will try to explain as best I can based on my assumption of your intention.

    There are:
    - DX-format camera bodies (eg. D90)
    - FX-format camera bodies (eg. D700)

    - DX-format lenses
    - FX-format lenses

    The Nikon D90 (DX cam body) can be used with BOTH DX and FX lenses.

    The Nikon D700 (FX body) can be used with BOTH DX and FX lenses, with the caveat that there are some other considerations/adjustments to account for.

    The main difference between DX and FX lenses is the size of the "image circle" (can google this term for more explanation).
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    Quote Originally Posted by sgboy83 View Post
    Much confusion between DX and FX format... Does Nikon Cameras ie. D90 and D700 supports both DX and FX format? Or there are some cases where certain cameras cannot support certain format?
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    my attempt to explain to ts in a nutshell.

    look at table under Digital SLRs
    http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/compatibility-lens.htm

    DX (D90) body -
    1. All nikon F-mount lens including DX and FX lens will be able to mount
    2. All lens (DX and FX) functions supported except in AI lens no metering. (autofocus?)

    FX (D700) body -
    1. All nikon F-mount lens including DX and FX lens will be able to mount
    2. Vignetting when using DX lenses. The degree of vignetting will depend on individual lens.
    This is what happen when using a crop lens on a full frame body.

    For third party lenses
    Sigma DG and DC
    Tamron Di and Di II
    Last edited by coolthought; 12th January 2011 at 02:07 PM.
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    Hi Coolthought,

    For Sigma lens, is DG equivalent to "FX" while DC equivalent to "DX"?

    Quote Originally Posted by coolthought View Post
    my attempt to explain to ts in a nutshell.

    look at table under Digital SLRs
    http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/compatibility-lens.htm

    DX (D90) body -
    1. All nikon F-mount lens including DX and FX lens will be able to mount
    2. All lens (DX and FX) functions supported except in AI lens no metering. (autofocus?)

    FX (D700) body -
    1. All nikon F-mount lens including DX and FX lens will be able to mount
    2. Vignetting when using DX lenses. The degree of vignetting will depend on individual lens.
    This is what happen when using a crop lens on a full frame body.

    For third party lenses
    Sigma DG and DC
    Tamron Di and Di II
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    Quote Originally Posted by kentwong81 View Post
    Hi Coolthought,

    For Sigma lens, is DG equivalent to "FX" while DC equivalent to "DX"?
    a simple look at the sigma lens site will give you a better answer. Can't depend on my memory.
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    Default Re: Nikon DX & FX Format

    Quote Originally Posted by kentwong81 View Post
    For Sigma lens, is DG equivalent to "FX" while DC equivalent to "DX"?
    Yes you are right DG for FX and DC for DX, for Tamron would be Di for FX and Di-II for DX.


    Some good references on sigma/tamron lens abbrevations
    http://www.sigmaphoto.com/sigma-lens-technology
    http://www.tamron-usa.com/lenses/technology.asp
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    No prob. Hav a nice day.
    Quote Originally Posted by coolthought View Post
    a simple look at the sigma lens site will give you a better answer. Can't depend on my memory.
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    Thanks all for the advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Override2Zion View Post
    Yes you are right DG for FX and DC for DX, for Tamron would be Di for FX and Di-II for DX.


    Some good references on sigma/tamron lens abbrevations
    http://www.sigmaphoto.com/sigma-lens-technology
    http://www.tamron-usa.com/lenses/technology.asp
    As additional, Tokina lens is more straight forward.
    They indicate whether it is DX or FX lens in the lens name itself:
    http://www.tokinalens.com/products/tokina/index.html
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    Default Re: Nikon DX & FX Format

    Quote Originally Posted by jeff7id View Post
    As additional, Tokina lens is more straight forward.
    They indicate whether it is DX or FX lens in the lens name itself:
    http://www.tokinalens.com/products/tokina/index.html
    Good information
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