I am new to this site, but I have a question I would like some help with. I currently shoot the d5000 dslr and have a number of zoom lenses. Nikon classifies these as DX rather than FX. I would like to get back into film so am thinking of buying a F6. Can I use my zoom lenses? Also I have bought a number of the new Zeiss zf.2 lenses, will I be able to use these as well?
>Your FX lenses are unsatisfactory for use with film. They >are specifically designed for the smaller digital sensor, and >therefore will seriously vignet your pictures.
I think you mean "Your DX lenses are unsatisfactory for use with film..."
It's correct that DX Nikkor lenses are designed to cover only the smaller area of the DX DSLR sensor. Some DX lenses may produce an image circle at some focal lengths that covers the whole frame of an FX DSLR or a 35mm film camera, but many will not at any focal length. Even those that do (for example, the 12-24mm f/4G DX when set to focal lengths greater than about 18mm) are not designed for such usage, and image quality in the corners may not be great.
Welcome to Nikonians! DX lenses when used on a film body will produce vignetting in the corners. How severe the vignetting is depends on the pecific lens and the focal length that is used. I would not recommend using DX lenses on a film body. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
Yes you can use the DX lenses on a film body, if you don't mind only using the center third of the frame. As an example at 18mm the 18-200mm zoom will give you a near circular image on film. The center circle will gradually get larger and larger as you zoom out the lens. Even at 200mm it severely vignettes. You won't break anything but you won't like the results either.