Sat 03-Nov-12 01:34 PM | edited Sat 03-Nov-12 02:00 PM by William Symonds
Thanks for your lengthy and insightful post. As ever you have hit the nail on the head.
We did discuss this a while back and yes the FOV shift is appealing all the way through my FX lenses, and beyond 200mm I have a TC and 24MP to crop away at if required.
I think I'd prefer to use my 20mm on an FX body that use the 12-24mm on either a D300 or D600. MF is far easier out wide after all. And if required one can always crop. Ot carry the 35mm f/2 in my pocket.
Conversely I don't much use the 20mm on DX.
The 12-24mm on a FX body is only really a largish 19-24mm f/4 lens, and a compact 20mm f/2.8 lens seems pretty much just as useful all things told.
I'm not using the 17-55mm so much these days; and with the potential of a 85mm or 60mm on a D600, a 20mm or 28mm in my pocket and my X100 as back up I think I am ready to live without a standard zoom.
I must say I'm drawn towards the new 28mm f/1.8 but that is another story.
As I move out to longer focal lengths I am really very excited about the subject isolation and FOV impacts on the 50mm, 85mm and especially the 70-200mm. It becomes a quite fabulous portrait lens with the (effective) 70-105mm bit added back in.
Conversely the 60mm AFS may get less work as a portrait lens but paradoxically its the fact that I love it so much is part of the drive to FX - where I will have two superb lenses covering that FOV. (I vaguely recall discussing the purchase of this lens and its use in portraiture with you way back when - it's a terrific piece of glass and I'm sure it will still be used).
I played around on the DP review camera tester gizmo today. It does seem to me, in simple terms that the D7000 is about a stop better than the 300s, and thus maybe a stop and a half better than the D300. the D600 is at least a further stop better still. And that is looking purely at definition and noise without considering DR and colour rendition, where the D600 will move even further ahead.
I am not going to go for this tomorrow but I have already dug out the boxes for the D300, my DX lenses and the MC36.
Re the improvements in technology I must say I find the wifi idea very useful, and the idea of trading the MC36 for a IR remote is appealing. I also don't have much of a video cam...
Cheers and have a good weekend - and I have enjoyed seeing your recent work...
By the way this thread needs a picture, so here is what the D300 can do at ISO 5000. It also shows that I do use the long end of the 70-200 too....