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#1 james

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Posted 23 January 2003 - 07:10 AM

I just read this by Thom Hogan (www.bythom.com):

12mm on 1.5x sensor: f/8 at 5 feet = 2.13' to infinity focus
18mm on 35mm sensor: f/8 at 5 feet = 2.59' to 71.3' focus

Yet the angles of view are equivalent.


Note that he's talking about focusing at 5 feet, NOT the minimum focusing distance.

So you DO get more DOF using the smaller sensor and wider lens.

FWIW, Thom usually gets pre-release samples from Nikon and Fuji to evaluate for those companies before the products are released - so I bet he has this DX lens. He was the first one to point out that TTL works on the Fuji and not on the Nikon.

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Posted 23 January 2003 - 06:23 PM

I read where the minimal focus dx of the 12 - 24 will be 8". That will make it a must have lens for UW. Doubt you will need to use a dioptor. I don't with my 17 - 35 which has a similar close focus.

When do you get to shoot F8 UW? Of course with adjustable ISO that may be possible.
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#3 james

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Posted 23 January 2003 - 08:43 PM

Dave,

The problem is that you dive in California...:(

In clear water less than about 40' deep, you should be able to shoot at f8 some of the time.

Especially since your camera only goes down to ISO200...:)

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Posted 23 January 2003 - 09:45 PM

True, but we dive year round.

I also like diving at Cocos. But F8 is tough there due to the depth of the dives.
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Posted 26 January 2003 - 12:50 PM

The D1x has a larger sensor than the d100. Will Nikon be introducing yet another set of lenses for the D1x, or will the successor to the D1x conform to the existing lines of lenses (35mm or D100 size)? It seems that now that Nikon has commited to a given chip size that all of its dslrs will use it.
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Posted 26 January 2003 - 01:12 PM

I thought the D1x and the D100 were both the 1.5x crop sensors.

I was talking to a local dealer this week about availability of the DX lens. He called his Nikon rep and was told that the lens will probably not be on the market until Fall '03. This contradicts what we all thought of Spring '03.

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Posted 26 January 2003 - 03:28 PM

D1x and D100 have the same sensor size. A 1.5x crop, as does the S2. The sensor on the D100 has more pixels than the D1x. Nikon says they are introducing the DX lenses for all their cameras that use sensors with a 1.5x crop factor. This implies that they will continue to intro cameras with a 1.5x sensor crop. It doesn't say that they might not intro cameras with a larger sensor as well.
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Posted 05 February 2003 - 02:26 PM

Does anybody have any new info on this lens. My last bit of information was very disapointing. The Nikon rep for this area told his retailer that he doubted it would be available before next Fall. I hope this is only one mans opinion.

#9 davephdv

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Posted 05 February 2003 - 07:15 PM

A million rumors. No facts.
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Posted 06 February 2003 - 02:42 PM

Maybe Ike can answer this question. Do the housing mfrs. get the specs on new lenses before they are available? I am hoping to acquire the correct port for this lens so that I have it when the lens gets here.

#11 james

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Posted 06 February 2003 - 03:08 PM

Nikon tell the housing manufacturers anything? Not a chance. I hear they can be quite "stand-offish" when approached with questions...

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