Keep­ing an open mind

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Your re­ply to a let­ter in the Septem­ber is­sue of N-Photo men­tioned that the Nikon AF-S 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR pro­duces im­ages with soft edges and fring­ing. I agree: my D810’s megapix­els chew it up and spit out the pieces, but don’t dis­miss this lens. I use one with my [DX-for­mat] D5500 and it gives me a great hol­i­day/hik­ing combo (42-450mm) that’s much lighter than the D810 and a num­ber of lenses. Does the lit­tle cam­era look out of bal­ance? Yes, but you get used to it.

Edit­ing soft­ware takes care of left­over fring­ing and of course you don’t use the edges. Nikon no longer ap­pears to worry about fring­ing even in higher-end lenses, pre­fer­ring to let in-cam­era soft­ware deal with it. I re­cently down­loaded a soft­ware up­date to my D810 to com­bat ex­actly this is­sue in a num­ber of lenses. I have no prob­lem with this ap­proach if it keeps the price of al­ready ex­pen­sive lenses down, and it works for me. I of­ten use my FX lenses on my DX cam­era and only have one DX lens, the 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED. My FX lenses start at 16mm (24mm on DX) so I can run right through. I know they’re heav­ier and more ex­pen­sive, but the re­sults are stun­ning and costs are lim­ited to the cam­era body if you later de­cide to up­grade. How about an ex­pert ar­ti­cle on the pros and cons of us­ing FX lenses on DX cam­eras?

Chris, via email

Thanks for shar­ing your ex­pe­ri­ence with us Chris – we’re im­pressed by your con­fi­dence. Your ar­ti­cle idea is in­ter­est­ing too; watch this space to see if any of our ex­perts are up for the task!

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