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D700 with Dx lenses

John Vanacore , Sep 04, 2008; 08:44 a.m.

OK....here goes,

I'm looking to add to my arsenal, a D700 Body for the low light shooting that i do, specifically, dance competitions.

I'm currently shooting with a a D200 and a D300, but i know the D700 will be a vast improvement even over the D300 in this area.

What i'd like to know is, on the D700, does this camera switch over to DX mode automatically when using DX lenses? and if so,m can this be over ridden? For example, if i put my Nikon 17-55mm on this camera, i know at the wide end there will be vignetting, so that camera (i assume) goes in to DX shooting mode. But if i don't shoot at 17mm, and stay around 20mm and above, can i keep it in FX mode without vignetting? AN override button/setting?

Thanks for your help with this.

JV

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Ellis Vener , Sep 04, 2008; 08:49 a.m.

"does this camera switch over to DX mode automatically when using DX lenses? "

Yes.

"and if so can this be over ridden? "

Yes.

John Vanacore , Sep 04, 2008; 08:53 a.m.

I should add, I wll be dumping the D200 and a Tokina 12-24 f4 to aid in funding this purchase, but i do plan on keeping the Nikon 17-55 f2.8.

Shun Cheung , Sep 04, 2008; 08:53 a.m.

As Ellis points out, automatic DX switch is an option. You can switch that on or off. When you switch that off, you can force the D700 to always capture in the FX or DX format, regardless of which lens you have mounted. (On the D3, you have an additional 5:4 format to choose from.)

Elliot Bernstein , Sep 04, 2008; 09:11 a.m.

Have you considered a fast(er) lens for your D300 rather than a new body? Or both (D700 and fast(er) lens)?

John Lai , Sep 04, 2008; 09:12 a.m.

Can you live with 5 megapixels when you shoot DX lens on a D700 though?

Carl Becker , Sep 04, 2008; 09:18 a.m.

I think the whole point of turning off DX is to capture an image at full resolution not 5meg. A fast prime might also help.

John Vanacore , Sep 04, 2008; 09:19 a.m.

Elliot,

I shoot the dance competitions presently with the D300, with Nikon VR 70-200 f 2.8

This is THE lens for the this typ of photography. the rest of my lenses are a 50mm f1.4, A nikon 300 f2.8 AF-I, a Nikon 17-55 f2.8, and a 500mm F4.

I think the only thing i would need left would be a 85f1.8, or a 135 f2.0, but i do need the range of the 70-200.

So to answer your question, i think i do have enough lens speed.

John Vanacore , Sep 04, 2008; 09:21 a.m.

Good point Carl, and the answer is no. However, one does not have to shoot in DX mode (cropped) on a D700 with a DX lens. x works as long as it's not at the widest focal length.

Elliot Bernstein , Sep 04, 2008; 09:46 a.m.

John, what ISO are you typically shooting at?


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