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Does D700 "auto detect" DX lenses?

SWIMR

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SWIMR Silver Member Nikonian since 24th Apr 2006
Tue 26-Jun-12 10:50 PM

I have lots of DX lenses, and am considering going to full frame. I was under the impression that a FF body like the D700 would show an incompletely filled frame with a DX lens..e.g. there would be something like a circular spot with the DX-size image, and nothing beyond that. But I've recently been told that the FF bodies auto-detect DX lenses, and crop their sensor size to it's filled completely with the DX image. Does anyone know if that's the case?

Thanks!

JosephK

Seattle, WA, US
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JosephK Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his excellent and frequent contributions and sharing his in-depth knowledge and experience with the community in the Nikonians spirit. Nikonian since 17th Apr 2006
Tue 26-Jun-12 09:36 PM

Yes, the D700 does auto-detect DX lenses. By default it will go into DX crop mode, but this can be turned of via the menus. See page 58 of the English manual.

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Joseph K
Seattle, WA, USA

D700, D200, D70S, 24-70mm f/2.8, VR 70-200mm f/2.8 II, 50mm f/1.4 D,
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briantilley

Paignton, UK
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briantilley Gold Member Deep knowledge of bodies and lens; high level photography skills Donor Ribbon awarded for his support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 26th Jan 2003
Wed 27-Jun-12 12:05 PM | edited Wed 27-Jun-12 12:05 PM by briantilley

Yes, the D700 (like all Nikon's FX DSLR's so far) has the option of switching automatically to its DX Crop Mode when a DX Nikkor is mounted.

Note that the auto-switching may not always work with 3rd-party lenses as it relies on the coding of a chip in the lens to tell the camera it's for the DX format. You can always switch manually via the menus

Brian
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Roland J

Northampton, UK
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#3. "RE: Does D700 "auto detect" DX lenses?" | In response to Reply # 2

Roland J Registered since 27th Nov 2007
Wed 27-Jun-12 08:12 PM | edited Wed 27-Jun-12 08:14 PM by Roland J

I have mine set to show FF all the time... I also have the 'grid' turned on. The inner lines of the grid are exactly the same size as the DX image. I find it useful because a) it gives a good indication of the 'extra' that you get when an FX lens is fitted... & b) When you have a DX lens you can gauge the limits of the lens by seeing what's in the frame & what's out. (Obviously I need to post-crop)

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Daveecopping

Polegate, UK
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Daveecopping Silver Member Nikonian since 21st Jan 2011
Thu 28-Jun-12 04:33 AM

I have a Sigma 10-20mm f4-5.6 which auto switches on my D700. It's also worth noting that the memory card can hold more images when the camera is in DX mode.

Dave

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