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Using the D800 in DX mode

rogerh666

Inverness, US
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"RE: Using the D800 in DX mode"

rogerh666 Silver Member Nikonian since 07th Jan 2012
Thu 23-Feb-12 01:16 PM

I am a birder with a D2X and a 600 F4 that photographs birds, considering the D800. I have read all of the replies on this thread several times and I am still confused about the "reach" in the D800. Most of you are light years ahead of me in sensor knowledge. Will you please answer this question to help me understand?
EX. There is a rare duck 100 yards off the end of a pier and 3 birder/photographers are there lined up, all with the same 600 F4.
All of us see the duck in our viewfinders and want to focus on the eye. I have my D2X so looking at the duck it "appears" through my viewfinder like I have a 900MM lens. Next to me is a D700, and next to him is a D800. Now, when I view the duck through the D700 it appears smaller as it did with my F4. When I look through the D800 in FX mode the duck appears the same size as it does in the D700. Finally the question. When the D800 is switched to DX mode does the apparent size of the duck change to match the view of the D2X or does it stay the same?
This increase in size of the image in the viewfinder is very important to birders recording distant birds as it helps to get the focus point on the eye if the bird appears larger.
Thanks for laboring through my long hypothetical.
Roger

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