No! FX lenses work perfectly on DX bodies. In fact, Since FX lenses project a larger image circle on the sensor plane, the images will be sharper in the corners than a DX lens of the same focal length would be. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
>Yes a Nikon full frame lens will work on a DX body, just make >sure it is compatible and not a pre-AI lens, which needs a >conversion to not damage the electronic connections.
Surprisingly, this is incorrect: the D3x00 and D5x00 can mount pre-AI lenses just fine, since they lack AI feelers to damage. They won't meter, but there's nothing wrong with mounting them. They are the only recent cameras that can mount pre-AI lenses.
I keep saying this and loads say they did not know but the Nikons all come out the factory set soft so up the sharpness to +9 and the contrast to -1 so you dont burn the whites. always shoot 1/2 stop under and lift it in lightroom or whatever you use.
It's true that Nikons in general have a default sharpening setting in their JPEG processing that is lower than some people may be used to. Perhaps Nikon assume their discerning buyers dislike the "over-sharpened" effect that some other cameras provide.
But I've never found a need to do what you suggest, on any of my (or my wife's) Nikons from a D3100 to a D3s. Sharpness is a matter of taste anyway, and I'm not sure a blanket setting of +9 would be appropriate for everyone.
I always sharpen images selectively in postprocessing, based on how they are going to be printed or viewed.
even rockwell suggests +6 ..there are many who dont do any post processing and many who dont know that an adjustment is possible .....with 30,000 shots this season on D7000/3200 all at +9 we have no problems.
yes rockwell even uses his D600 at 6mp so yes I know dont bother to say it !!!!
>Are we talking about lenses, cameras or both? Does sharpening >in the camera do the same as sharpening in post processing?
In-camera sharpening (as applied to JPEGs) does the same job as sharpening in post processing. Any digitally-captured image will need some sharpening - that's just the way the technology is implemented currently. Allowing the camera to do it for you is certainly simple, but be aware that once applied, it can't really be "un-done" - and it's unlikely that every type of subject will require the same level of sharpening.
Leaving the sharpening to the post-processing stage is a more flexible - though more labour-intensive - option.
RAW is a different question - in-camera sharpening only applies to JPEG's.
A JPEG that has not been sharpened in-camera can certainly have sharpening applied in post-processing - in a more controllable way and with potentially better results. But... it does require time, effort and a degree of skill, and that approach is not for everyone