I'm thinking of upgrading from a D7000 to a D600. Will an FX camera make any difference at all with my DX lenses, or will I have to replace all my lenses as well? I know the FX lens would get the most out of the FX platform....but will my photos be any better just because of the bigger sensor if I use just my DX lenses?
Your 85, 50 and 35mm are full frame and will be fine. I recently upgraded to the D600 and was worried also about replacing all my dx lenses. I found that my 17-55 2.8 will work from about the 35mm range to 55mm. So I would imagine that your 18-200 will work also once you find out the limit of the wide angle range. No idea on your Tokina lens though.
The 35mm f/1.8 than Lon lists in his profile is actually a DX lens, though some have reported using it on FX with decent results, at least at close distances. The 18-200mm doesn't cover the whole FX frame at any focal length.
>You can use DX lenses on the D600. The down side is that with >a DX lens the D600 turns from a 24mb into a 10mb DSLR. If mega >pixel count is your concern, the D7100 is a very good 24mb DX >body. > >The most important thing in improving your images is your >technique, not the sensor size. A great many excellent photos >on this site are made with 12mb and less sensors.
By "mb," are we talking about pixel count? The main reason for thinking about upgrading was not so much about pixel count as it was about being able to shoot full-frame. However, I certainly don't want to go BACKWARDS in pixel count from the D7000. I've read that going from 16m pixels (in the D7000) to the 24 in the 7100 is not a big deal at all if I'm not going to be making poster or mural-size prints.
I went from a D7000 to the D600, but I decided to sell my 18-300 DX lens as a kit. I then picked the 28-300 FX lens for my new D600, and I haven't looked back. Yeah, you're not getting the same reach as you did with D7000 crop factor, but boy...you are increasing your dynamic range, megapixel and low light capabilities. All the controls are familiar, you can continue to use your previous SD cards and the size and weight are darn close to the D7000. You will love it!
The only issues I've had so far: I find the focusing area small I had some dust issues early on, but it seems to have subsided No tethering in Lightroom 4 which is a pain.
That's what I did - upgrade from a D7000 to a D600. My GF now has the D7000 to go along with her D300. My primary interest is in WA photography, she likes to shoot people. I'd like to shoot people, too, but not with a camera. Kidding. Actually, I picked up her D7000 yesterday, and I think I'm going get her a D800 and take back ownership of her D7000 to use for wildlife and other telephoto subjects. Migrating between the D600 and the D7000 is almost seamless, and will allow me to get the benefits of both, and she will get a similar benefit with the D300 and the D800, which are similar UIs. I wish you good luck with whatever choice you make.
I find it takes some practice to get used to framing a DX lens on a full frame camera. The outer edge of the frame is simply a line in the frame. Your image is about half the viewfinder so it is harder to frame. The edges are the big problem.
I'd consider DX lenses an interim solution or an emergency backup. I don't enjoy using them at all on my D600 or D800.
>I find it takes some practice to get used to framing a DX >lens on a full frame camera. The outer edge of the frame is >simply a line in the frame. Your image is about half the >viewfinder so it is harder to frame. The edges are the big >problem. > >I'd consider DX lenses an interim solution or an emergency >backup. I don't enjoy using them at all on my D600 or D800. > >Eric Bowles >Nikonians Team >My Gallery >Workshops > >Nikonians membership — my most important photographic >investment, after the camera I just looked at your gallery........Gawd!!!