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  1. #11
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    Re: Your Own "Best DX Lens List"

    Yes, I was thinking to keep the list DX only...unless I suppose an FX lens also works great as DX. My purpose is to create a list of the best lenses to use with a DX Nikon. If that opens the field to FX lenses so be it.

    I'm surprised how the Nikon lenses are notably absent.

    Didn't see that coming.

    Great replies! Thanks.


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  2. #12
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    Re: Your Own "Best DX Lens List"

    Quote Originally Posted by daveward View Post
    Yes, I was thinking to keep the list DX only...unless I suppose an FX lens also works great as DX. My purpose is to create a list of the best lenses to use with a DX Nikon. If that opens the field to FX lenses so be it.
    Well, see, that's the thing: FX lenses DO "work great" on DX bodies, often better than DX lenses themselves.
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  3. #13
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    Re: Your Own "Best DX Lens List"

    My everyday, goto DX lens package is my Tokina 12-24mm F4 Pro and first generation (made in Japan) Nikon 18-200mm F3.5-5.6. Plus I will pack my Sigma 150-600mm C lens if I think I might need it. Then, as you can see from my lens list, I have several specialty lenses (mostly FX) for when I need the extreme high IQ, macro, or low F stop. About the only thing a feel I am missing from my kit is a little more wide angle, say a 10-20mm or 9-20mm with an IQ to match my Tokina 12-24mm.
    Brent: Poway, CA
    D7200, D200, F100
    Tokina 12-24mm
    Nikon 18-200mm
    Tokina 28-70mm f2.6-2.8
    Nikon 80-200mm f2.8
    Sigma 150-600mm
    Nikon 50 AF f1.8
    Tokina 100mm f2.8 Macro
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  4. #14
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    Re: Your Own "Best DX Lens List"

    Quote Originally Posted by daveward View Post
    I'm surprised how the Nikon lenses are notably absent.

    Didn't see that coming.
    Dave, Nikon makes many great lenses. The "Holy Trinity" (12-24, 24-70, 70-200) and the 200-500, just to pick a few examples from a much larger selection, are fantastic and deliver outstanding results on FX AND DX. However, the company generally did not go to great lengths to make great dedicated DX lenses, which is probably why so see quite a few third party lenses mentioned.

    Not every FX lens does all that well on DX, so you'll want to do specific research, but many do, and that's a good thing: after all, what's wrong with more choices?
    Lothar Katz

    Nikon D700, D500, D7100, 1 J5, 200-500 f/5.6, 50mm f/1.8 - Tamron 60 f/2 Macro - Sigma 100-400 f/5-6.3, 17-70 f/2.8-4 - Tokina 12-28 f/4 - Yongnou YN568 - Panasonic TZ101 (a.k.a. ZN100) - Photoshop CS6 - Lightroom 6 - DXO PhotoLab - Aurora HDR 2018


  5. #15
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    Re: Your Own "Best DX Lens List"

    I'm very happy with the Nikkor 10-24mm - I feel my shots are very clear and have a great DOF for landscapes. Have also been completely satisfied with the Nikkor 16-80 f/2.8 - I did experience a bit of distortion on the wide end when I first got it but I have a preset on import into Lightroom that fixes it so I don't even notice it anymore. I've owned (and sold) several Nikon and 3rd-party lenses and these two I would not part with unless I decide to sell both the D500 and the D5500.

    The 10-24mm is currently $100 off.

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  6. #16
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    Re: Your Own "Best DX Lens List"

    I haven't used many DX lenses (haven't used a lot of lenses in general) but if I had to pick one I'd say my handy 18-105mm. Good IQ, convenient focal range, it's a decent overall lens and for a low price.
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    Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8
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  7. #17
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    Re: Your Own "Best DX Lens List"

    The only DX lens that I use is my Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8.It's sharp and fast, and was a great deal used. I only have DX cameras, but the lenses I want and use are mostly FX.
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  8. #18
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    Re: Your Own "Best DX Lens List"

    I have got four "DX" lenses, the Nikon 35 f1.8 G, Nikon 16-85, Tokina 11-16 f2.8, and the Sigma 50-150 f2.8 OS.
    All are good, but Tokina is very good, and the Sigma 50-150 is exceptional.
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  9. #19
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    Re: Your Own "Best DX Lens List"

    Quote Originally Posted by lokatz View Post
    Dave, Nikon makes many great lenses. The "Holy Trinity" (12-24, 24-70, 70-200) and the 200-500, just to pick a few examples from a much larger selection, are fantastic and deliver outstanding results on FX AND DX. However, the company generally did not go to great lengths to make great dedicated DX lenses, which is probably why so see quite a few third party lenses mentioned.

    Not every FX lens does all that well on DX, so you'll want to do specific research, but many do, and that's a good thing: after all, what's wrong with more choices?
    I owned the Nikon 17-55 2.8 DX lens for a few years and found it to be as good on DX as my 24-70 is on FF.

    Jim Singler - D750 & D7200; 14-24 2.8, 24-70 2.8, 24-120 VRII, 70-200 2.8 VRII, 70-300 VR, 200-500 VR, 50 1.4D, 85 1.8G, Tokina 100 2.8; 3 SB-800s, SB-500


  10. #20
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    Re: Your Own "Best DX Lens List"

    Quote Originally Posted by singlerosa View Post
    I owned the Nikon 17-55 2.8 DX lens for a few years and found it to be as good on DX as my 24-70 is on FF.
    Jim, You must have had a particularly great copy. I also had a 17-55 DX for a while and thought it ok but certainly not stellar, plus I saw a number of reviews that gave Sigma's competitive products, in particular the 17-70, significantly higher credit for IQ.

    In fact, in my favorite photo magazine's lab testing (Germany's ColorFoto; you may have seen me raving about it before), they earned 52.5 points (Nikon 17-55 DX) respectively 65 points (Sigma 17-70). The ONLY Nikon DX zoom lenses ever to receive an above-average overall score in those tests, which are scarce since test averages are calculated across zooms and primes, are the new AF-P 70-300 DX (64 points) and the also-fairly-recent 55-200 DX VR II (68 points; I own that one and am happy with it). (All tested on D7100.)

    Maybe I should have added "Nikon seems intent on catching up on DX."
    Last edited by lokatz; 11-24-2017 at 07:23 PM.
    Lothar Katz

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