Nikon DX & FX Format


sgboy83

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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?
 

ngck12

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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.
 

pasay

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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?
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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ZerocoolAstra

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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?
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).
 

coolthought

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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
 

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kentwong81

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Hi Coolthought,

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

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
 

coolthought

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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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jeff7id

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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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