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D700 with nikkor 70-200 2.8

Discussion in 'Nikon FX DSLR Forum' started by thrumylense, Aug 2, 2009.

  1. thrumylense

    thrumylense

    12
    Jan 21, 2009
    Hong Kong
    I am looking to purchase a D700 ( I own a D200) in the future. I also own a Nikkor 70-200/ 2.8 AF-S lens. I was told by a shop that if i use the 70-200 AF-S with a D-700 it will "reduce" my resolution in half to 5mp. Is this true? Are there any issues with using the D700 with the 70-200? I know that I will get 70-200 versus 105-300 since it is a full frame camera.
     
  2. hotshot

    hotshot

    388
    Sep 29, 2008
    Atlanta, GA
    What shop told you this? Remind me not to buy anything there
     
  3. thrumylense

    thrumylense

    12
    Jan 21, 2009
    Hong Kong
    I thought that was a bizzare comment from the shop! I have never heard that before.
     
  4. thrumylense

    thrumylense

    12
    Jan 21, 2009
    Hong Kong
    It was a Tall's Camera Shop. I usually do not shop there. i just happened to be in a mall and walked by one.
     
  5. hotshot

    hotshot

    388
    Sep 29, 2008
    Atlanta, GA
    A pic taken @ 70mm on the D700 will look a bit wider than a picture taken @ 70mm on the D200, but you'll definitely have BETTER resolution switching to a D700.
     
  6. thrumylense

    thrumylense

    12
    Jan 21, 2009
    Hong Kong
    Thanks Geoff for the feedback! I really like my D200, but the noise issue is driving me crazy. If I go above 560 ISO, I have to clean up the shots with software. I will still hang onto my D200. There other reasons for getting the 700, but the most obvious one for me is the noise.
     
  7. drdiesel1

    drdiesel1

    57
    Jul 28, 2009
    Kahlifornia
    I just purchased the D700 with the 70-200mmF/2.8VR and love it. The files are from 12 to 20 MB with this combo. The D700 only auto drops files with a DX lens attached.
    Sounds like the Mall has some well informed camera sales personnel....:biggrin:
     
  8. Go for it, you will love it! I also "upgraded" my D200 to a D700 and haven't touched my D200 since (only to put it in my backpack as a backup body).
     
  9. Maybe the salesman was talking about pixel density in a given field of vision?
     
  10. darkside

    darkside

    616
    Jan 2, 2009
    Orlando, Fl
    My guess (and it is just that) is that some people seem to think the 70-200 is a DX lens because supposedly it has a vignetting problem on FX, and the corners aren't as sharp as the center. Although most people on here don't seem to have a problem with it:biggrin:. If it WAS a DX lens (which it isn't) then what they told you would be correct. look through the D700 forum and the lens lust forum for tons of samples of this lens on D3s and D700s. It really is a great combination, and I can't wait to get this setup.
     
  11. Steinar

    Steinar

    Aug 16, 2007
    Denmark
    The 70-200VR is better on DX if you shoot about 195-200mm, and

    - you focus on infinite
    - you want the same sharpness in the corners as in the center

    and that will say if you want landscape pics at that focal lenght.

    For portraits it is even better on FX at 195-200 because of the same issue.
     
  12. thrumylense

    thrumylense

    12
    Jan 21, 2009
    Hong Kong
    thank you all for your feedback....now i just have to wait for the cash to get the 700...
     
  13. Rob T

    Rob T

    870
    Aug 27, 2008
    SoCal
    :eek: 
     
  14. Julien

    Julien

    Jul 28, 2006
    Paris, France
    You've found one very funny salesman :biggrin:
     
  15. Rob T

    Rob T

    870
    Aug 27, 2008
    SoCal
    No kidding!
     
  16. Sounds like a mis-informed Salesman.

    Being the 'prosumer' that I am, there is no such thing as an 'informed' Salesman.

    Typical Salsman talk usually just **** me off enough that I don't even bother to ask questions. So like most of us, by the time I want to buy something, anything, I know more about it than most people who already have it.

    At the same time I get really irritated by people who think they've earned Internet Engineer degrees because they've read every article and think they are pro's.

    I think everything irritates me actually.
     
  17. Ronald M

    Ronald M

    Nov 10, 2008
    Chicago
    True DX lenses will automatically engage 24x 15 mm sensor area by default unless you tell it not to do so. It is in the menue.

    The 70/200 is really not FX, but not DX either so it will bring up full frame. You will find the corners weak/soft at 180 +. Stopping down will not repair. You need the new 70/200 VR 11 for best results.
     
  18. Steinar

    Steinar

    Aug 16, 2007
    Denmark
    Yes, that is true, and it starts from about 135mm, but most visible from the very long end, as you say, but it does not matter for me, because I do not need those corners - e.g. for landscapes - at the long end, and for portraits it is in a way an advantage.

    And my experience is, that it is ONLY if you focus at infinite - so you can focus closer.

    But some says, that "the problem" is solved buying a 1,4 teleconverter, and that make sense.

    Any experience about that ?
     
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  19. SP77

    SP77

    Jun 4, 2007
    Rockville, MD
    Yes, Ken tested the 70-200vr @ 117mm + TC-17e = 200mm and the corners were perfectly fine. "DX lens". :rolleyes: 

    http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/200mm-comparison.htm

    I'll just keep saying it. These xx-200mm f/2.8 pro telephoto zoom lenses have never been optimized for good corner performance. The previous AF-S version still has soft corners. The AF-D version still has soft corners. The new 70-200 MkII still has soft corners, all per Nikon's own MTF charts. If you want sharp corners at 200mm for landscape use, just go buy a lens that's actually optimized for that use like a 70-300vr or 80-400vr, or heck even a macro lens.
     
  20. Steinar

    Steinar

    Aug 16, 2007
    Denmark
    Thank you Steve, then perhaps the 1.4 is even better.
     
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