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Nikon DX lenses

introduction

  • Nikon DX lenses are designed for the 1.5x cropped sensor Nikon dSLRs and have a smaller than normal image circle and thus will not function on a full frame dSLR
  • Nikon has a wider range of cropped sensor lenses than does Canon, perhaps as they delayed the production of a full frame dSLR and their users were more reliant upon DX dSLRs.
  • interestingly they did create a fisheye and a standard lens.
  • like Canon, the early versions of the standard zooms were particularly poor that they were an embarassment, thankfully version II were significantly better but still not great
  • unlike the Olympus Four Thirds dSLR system lenses, none of these are none are weatherproofed, none have an aperture wider than f/2.8 except the 35mm f/1.8 which is hardly great quality wide open, and most would struggle to beat even the consumer range of Olympus Four Thirds dSLR system or Micro Four Thirds system lenses in terms of optical quality across the frame.

fisheye lens

Nikon AF DX Fisheye Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G ED

  • 2003 model
  • min. focus 0.14m
  • 300g
  • 63 x 63mm
  • $A1075

macro lenses

Nikon AF-S DX Micro Nikkor 40mm F2.8

  • 2011 model
  • min. focus 0.16m 1:1 macro
  • 235g
  • 69 x 65mm
  • 52mm filter
  • $A449

Nikon AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor 85mm f/3.5G ED VR

  • 2009 model
  • min. focus 0.29m 1:1 macro
  • internal focus
  • 355g
  • 73 x 99mm
  • 52mm filter
  • $A719

wide angle zooms

Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 10-24mm f/3-5-4.5G ED

  • 2009 model, 15-36mm in 35mm terms
  • min. focus 0.24m
  • internal focus
  • 460g
  • 83 x 87mm
  • 77mm filter
  • $A1399

Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 12-24mm f/4G ED-IF

  • 2003 model, 18-36mm in 35mm terms
  • min. focus 0.30m
  • internal focus
  • 485g
  • 83 x 90mm
  • 77mm filter
  • $A1569

standard zooms

Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

  • 2008 consumer model, 24-128mm in 35mm terms
  • min. focus 0.24m
  • internal focus
  • VR II “4 stops”
  • 485g
  • 72 x 85mm
  • 67mm filter
  • $A899

Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G ED-IF

  • 2003 high end model, 26-82mm in 35mm terms
  • min. focus 0.36m
  • internal focus
  • 755g
  • 86 x 111mm
  • 77mm filter
  • $A2149

Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR

  • 2007 model cheap kit lens, 27-82mm in 35mm terms
  • min. focus 0.28m
  • extending front focus
  • 265g
  • 73 x 80mm
  • 52mm filter
  • $A199

Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED-IF

  • 2009 model, 27-105mm in 35mm terms
  • min. focus 0.38m
  • internal focus
  • 420g
  • 73 x 76mm
  • 67mm filter
  • ?

Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

  • 2008 model, 27-158mm in 35mm terms
  • min. focus 0.45m
  • internal focus
  • VR 3 stops
  • 420g
  • 76 x 89mm
  • 67mm filter
  • $A349

Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF

  • 2006 model, 27-200mm in 35mm terms
  • min. focus 0.45m
  • internal focus
  • 385g
  • 74 x 87mm
  • 67mm filter
  • ?

Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II

  • 2009 model, 27-300mm in 35mm terms
  • min. focus 0.5m
  • internal focus
  • 565g
  • 77 x 97mm
  • 72mm filter
  • $A1099

standard prime

Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G

  • 2009 model, 52mm in 35mm terms
  • “Slightly soft and low in contrast wide open
  • Lateral chromatic aberration somewhat higher than traditional 50mm 'standard' primes
  • Prone to purple fringing and bokeh chromatic aberration, most visible at large apertures”1)
  • to get reasonably sharp across the frame, it needs to be stopped down to f/2.8
  • the above is disappointing given that the whole reason for buying this lens is to use it wide open.
  • min. focus 0.30m
  • internal rear focus
  • 210g
  • 70 x 53mm
  • 52mm filter
  • $A345

telephoto zooms

Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G VR

  • 2007 cheap kit lens model, 83-300mm in 35mm terms
  • min. focus 1.1m
  • internal focus
  • 335g
  • 73 x 100mm
  • 52mm filter
  • $A265

Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR

  • 2003 consumer model, 83-450mm in 35mm terms
  • min. focus 1.4m
  • VR 4 stops
  • extending front focus
  • 530g
  • 77 x 123mm
  • 58mm filter
  • $A349
photo/nikondxlenses.txt · Last modified: 2011/12/21 12:31 by gary