Is the image quality of a lens designed for FX visibly better on a DX camera? With the Nikon AF-P 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR, in any case, it is. The image quality of the Nikon AF-P 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6 ED VR on a Nikon D7200 is better than that of the smaller, lighter and cheaper Nikon AF-P 70-300 mm f/4.5-6.3G ED DX VR. But is the price difference of the two Nikon 70-300 mms important for you?
The Nikon AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300 mm f/4.5-6.3 G ED is a nice, light telephoto zoom that has a range on the DX cameras for which it is designed of no less than 105 to 450 mm, converted to full frame. That's a really nice range for a lens with built-in image stabilization and weighing only 400 grams. And the Nikon AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300 mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR is also very affordable.
The Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR is a real super telephoto. Thanks to the built-in teleconverter, you can zoom a full 560mm with this lens. On a DX body, with an APS-C format sensor, the field of view is reduced by a factor of 1.5. If you use this lens on a DX camera, like the D7500 or D500, the field of view of this lens corresponds to that of an 840mm lens on full frame. Add to that a high brightness, image stabilization and professional build quality, and you have the ultimate telephoto zoom. It also carries a solid price tag, of course.
VERSATILE TELEPHOTO LENS FOR PROFESSIONAL SPORTS AND NATURE PHOTOGRAPHERS: Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 180–400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR
Sports and nature photographers cannot do without long telephoto lenses. You often have to keep a considerable distance between yourself and your subject. For sports photography, you can't get down on the field or the track, and in nature, the animals get skittish when you get too close. That requires a long telephoto, preferably with a bit of brightness. Lenses like that are, without exception, big and heavy, so that you seldom take more than one. To be able to work with flexibility, you can combine them with teleconverters. So, you can turn a 300mm f/4 into a 420 f/5.6 with a 1.4x converter, or a 600mm f/8 with a 2x converter. However, changing the converter isn't always practical. When an athlete or an animal comes running towards you, you usually don't have time for that. A zoom is much more convenient. But those rarely have the quality of fixed-focal length telephoto lenses. Rarely, yes, but not never. The AF-S NIKKOR 180-400 mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR is a lens that should manage it. It's also nearly as bright as many fixed focal points in this range. And because this is a lens with which you will photograph a lot outside, it naturally also has extensive protection against dust and moisture.
Nikon has expanded its already substantial range of lenses with the AF-S NIKKOR 180-400 mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR. This is the first telephoto lens in the NIKKOR range with a built-in 1.4x teleconverter. We have been able to test it briefly. This zoom lens always produces sharp, stable images and, thanks to the built-in 1.4x converter, offers a range of 560 mm if the situation requires it.
Buy a Nikon AF-P 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6 ED VR if you want to get sharp telephoto shots with an attractively priced zoom lens as a sports, nature or travel photographer. This lens has fast AF and good image stabilization with the VR mode SPORT. The light (for a camera with a full-frame sensor), weather-resistant construction makes it a pleasure to take this lens with you wherever you go.
The AF-S Fisheye Nikkor 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED is a fisheye lens from Nikon for full-frame FX cameras and Nikon's DX cameras with a crop sensor. The lens is versatile and offers outstanding image quality.
The Nikon AF-S 28mm f/1.4E ED fills the gap between the Nikon 24mm f/1.4 G and the Nikon 35mm f/1.4 G. It is a completely newly designed lens, which combines a beautiful bokeh at full aperture with outstanding performance.
The Nikon AF-P DX10-20mm F/4.5-5.6G VR is an affordable alternative to the almost twice as expensive Nikon AF-S DX 10-24MM F/3.5-4.5G ED. The new 10-20mm is also lighter and smaller. The NIKKOR 10-20mm F/4.5-5.6G VR is therefore an ideal budget lens and a nice wide angle as well.
The new AF-S Fisheye Nikkor 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED is a fisheye lens with which you can zoom. In general, you buy a fisheye lens to be able to get as much in frame as possible. Why would you zoom with it? The reason is simple: because you can then switch between frame-filling and circular fisheye. The AF-S Fisheye Nikkor 8-15mm is an all-in-one fisheye that performs outstandingly on both FX and DX.
Nikon spent eight years on the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR, and they made good use of that time. The previous model was already good, but the new one is better. The sharpness is higher and more evenly spread across the whole image. You see that not only on a full-frame camera, but also on a DX-camera like the D500 or D7200.
The new AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR is the third generation 70-200mm zoom with image stabilization. The previous lens was already very good, but is currently 8 years old. The new AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8 shows that lenses can always improve.
Nikon is one of the few camera brands that builds an extensive series of lenses with which you can shift the focal surface and correct the perspective. That series was expanded in October 2016 on the wide-angle side with the PC NIKKOR 19mm F/4E ED. A lens with a list price just under 4,000 euros, which was under development for a long time and which is another step forward in the area of image quality.
The Nikon AF-S 105mm f/1.4E ED on a Nikon D810 delivers, we will tell you up front, the highest image quality of nearly all of the (hundreds of) lenses that we have reviewed. A camera with a big sensor with high pixel density, like the Nikon D810, is merciless when it comes to testing image quality. Anyone switching to a camera with an FX sensor and high resolution will find out that the resolution of your old lens, certainly at full aperture and in the corners, is not as sharp as you had always thought. If you are still using a lens from the analogue era, then the chance of ghosts and flare is much greater than with modern lenses. The Nikon AF-S 105mm f/1.4E ED shines from full aperture, with high sharpness, a beautiful bokeh and remarkably few lens errors. A dream lens for professional fashion, portrait or wedding photographers.
For some people, even a 500mm telephoto lens on a camera with an FX sensor is not enough. Couple a bright f/4 telephoto lens to a camera with a DX sensor, like the D7200 for the highest possible resolution or the D500 for action, and you have a field of view that corresponds with an 800mm telephoto lens on a camera with an FX sensor, while you still benefit from the high brightness. And for many telephoto lens shots, the extra focal depth in comparison with an 800mm on FX is a plus point if you are capturing a fast-moving subject in a photo. The Nikon AF-S 500mm f/4E FL ED is equipped with the newest lens technologies: nano-coating, two fluorite elements, multiple vibration reduction and an electromagnetically driven aperture. We tried this super-telephoto on a Nikon D7200 and a D500 DX / APS-C body.
Kit lenses, like the Nikon AF-P 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6G DX VR, are practically always sold together with a camera body. They are then extremely attractively priced, and they make a good start for learning photography with an SLR camera. If you also want to film with an SLR camera, and photographers increasingly want to do that, then in many cases you find out that the AF motor of your lens is not quiet enough. You hear in the recordings when the camera is focusing.
That is why Nikon has released two 18-55 mm DX zoom lenses with a very quiet AF motor, compact design and a zoom range from wide-angle to standard. The only way the two lenses differ from each other is that the AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55 mm f/3.5–5.6G VR is equipped with built-in image stabilization (vibration reduction: VR) and the AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6G is not. The list price of the version with image stabilization, which this review is about, is 50 euros more expensive and a few grams heavier than the version without image stabilization, the review for which we will publish shortly. Our advice: buy the version with VR.