Edited by Art, 28 July 2010 - 08:24 AM.
DX Lenses vs VR? What is the difference?
Posted 28 July 2010 - 08:23 AM
Posted 28 July 2010 - 08:44 AM
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Posted 28 July 2010 - 08:47 AM
DX and VR are independent features. You can have both, neither or only either of the two.
I have a Nikon D90 with a DX 18-135mm lens.
It is a nice lens but I am curious what the difference is with this lens vs the VR lens?
I didn't realize there were two types of lenses in this category when I purchased and only noticed the "VR" this past weekend, when I was out buying a camera for a family member.
Which one do you recommend as the better lens?
Is one model older than the other or obsolete?
DX means that the lens is intended for use on DX sensor cameras. All Nikon DSLRs are DX except for the D700 and D3 series that have an FX sensor. The DX sensor is smaller than a FX (35mm film frame size) sensor. DX lenses produce an image circle that will not cover the full FX frame. This allows them to be made smaller and less expensively for a particular focal length and maximum aperture. Note that non DX lenses work very well on DX cameras, sometimes even better than they do on FX cameras.
VR stands for Vibration Reduction. VR lenses have a servo mechanism inside that compensates for camera motion, allowing you to take hand held pictures at lower shutter speeds than with a similar non VR lens. Note that VR only compensates for camera motion and not subject motion. VR will not freeze a rapidly moving subject, you still need a fast shutter speed for that.
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Posted 28 July 2010 - 09:22 AM
Edited by Art, 28 July 2010 - 09:24 AM.
Posted 28 July 2010 - 05:18 PM
Posted 28 July 2010 - 05:31 PM
Edited by Art, 28 July 2010 - 05:33 PM.
Posted 28 July 2010 - 05:51 PM
Right now, I have some GRAPH on my monitor I have no idea how it got there. I take a picture and it looks like the camera is doing an heart diagnostic on me! So, I am trying to figure out how I turned this on... so I can turn it off!
Here is a shot I took of my Roulette wheel. I think I took about 35-40 shots to get this one. Couldn't do that affordably in the old days! It would have been a roll of film plus developing. Trust me, I am a convert in a big way.
What I am struggling with is that FEEL. The depth of field in this photo is not quite what I want and it may take another 30 shots to get the right one, still.
You have turned on the histogram display! This is very helpful for your picture-taking, but someone could write a whole chapter about histograms (right Darrell? ). To turn it off, just press the toggle dial (the one that looks like a circle) on the back of the camera UP or DOWN repeatedly. You will cycle through the various displays on the LCD screen until you get back to the full view display. One of the displays will show your highlights blinking. I find this really helpful when shooting outdoors or something with a lot of white in it. You will know right away what is over-exposed.
We call your need for more and varied lenses "NAS" around here. "Nikon Acquisition Syndrome"!! Sorry, there is no known cure!
P.S. I like your roulette wheel picture just the way it is!
P.P.S. I highly recommend you get one of the D90 books on the market to learn all about your camera. They are much more helpful than the manual. Darrell has a great book that is available here! Look under "books".
Edited by JSwarce, 28 July 2010 - 06:01 PM.
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Posted 28 July 2010 - 06:21 PM
Posted 29 July 2010 - 01:56 AM
I am also looking at some literature and it states that I do have VR and "it is equivalent to shutter speed 3 stops faster".
You don't have VR.
The Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED as you can see from the lettering doesn't have the VR bit. The other (and to be fair, better) kit lens that is supplied with the D90 is the Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-105MM F/3.5-5.6G IF-ED VR and it is that one with the VR unit. If you have the first then take care as you won't get any of the benefits of Vibration Reduction that you may have read about and were expecting.
Edited by Black Pearl, 29 July 2010 - 01:59 AM.
Posted 29 July 2010 - 07:16 AM
Posted 31 July 2010 - 01:12 AM
Posted 14 August 2010 - 11:34 PM
You can use FX lenses on a DX (applicable models, D3000, 5000, 40, 40x, 50, 60, 70, 70s, 80, 90, 100, 200, 300, 300s, D1, D2, D2X, D2Xs) sensor with no loss in quality.
You cannot use DX lenses on an FX (D700, D3, D3x, D3s) sensor without vignetting but most Nikon cameras will automatically switch to DX mode when you attach a DX lens with the requisite loss in megapixel quality. The D3 drops from 12.1 MP to 5.1 MP when you put a DX lens on it.
VR as other people have mentioned, is the vibration reduction feature on a number of different lenses. You can use both Non-VR and VR lenses on any of the Nikon bodies. You can still get decent photography from a non-VR lens. You just need to use a tripod when you're not shooting alower than 1/70th of a second at 135mm.
Hopefully this is simple enough without getting into the nitty-gritty details of the matter.
Edited by photogbuff_1970, 14 August 2010 - 11:44 PM.
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