DX vs VR lenses

Discussion in 'Photography Beginners' Forum' started by Beth81, Jan 22, 2009.

  1. Beth81

    Beth81 TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2009
    Messages:
    269
    Likes Received:
    0
    Ok....I've seen DX and VR lenses...I know the VR means Vibration Reduction but what does the DX mean and which lens is the better lens? A few cameras I've seen the DX lens is the lens that comes with it. I think I prefer the VR but I need to make sure.
     
  2. ANDS!

    ANDS! No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2006
    Messages:
    2,178
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    Downtown
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    All it means is that is was made for digital cropped sensor bodies on a Nikon camera. Nothing more, nothing less. It really is the last moniker you should be concerned with when searching for a lens.
     
  3. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2003
    Messages:
    33,821
    Likes Received:
    1,811
    Location:
    Edmonton
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    It's not an 'either-or' situation.

    I beleive the DX is the designation for lenses that are designed for cameras with smaller sensors (sometimes called crop cameras or sensors). This would include pretty much all Nikon DSLR cameras except for the top end cameras like the D700 & D3.

    VR...as you know is Vibration Reduction and could be on any lens, DX or not.
     
  4. Beth81

    Beth81 TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2009
    Messages:
    269
    Likes Received:
    0
    Ok so pretty much it doesn't matter if it has DX or VR at the end of the lens? Just wondering. I have been reading all the material I can find but it's just easier to learn everything from talking to someone who actually has experience instead of reading it. If that makes sense.
     
  5. sabbath999

    sabbath999 No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2007
    Messages:
    2,694
    Likes Received:
    61
    Location:
    Missouri
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Assuming, of course, you are not searching for a lens for a D700 or D3 series camera... then again, if you own one of those, you already know what DX means.
     
  6. bigtwinky

    bigtwinky No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2008
    Messages:
    4,820
    Likes Received:
    285
    Location:
    Montreal
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    If you want image stabilization, then you need to look for a lens with VR. If you don't want it, then don't get one with VR.

    If you have a full frame camera (the already mentionned D700 and D3), then getting a DX lens won't work. If you have other Nikon cameras, the ones with smaller sensors, they can use the DX lenses.

    So you can have lenses that are
    DX
    VR
    DX and VR

    They are two independant and different things.

    Its like saying you want to buy a shirt that is blue or red. It can be all blue, it can be all red, it can have a mix of the two.
     
  7. ANDS!

    ANDS! No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2006
    Messages:
    2,178
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    Downtown
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Of course DX lenses work on a full frame sensor. The D3/D700 (and one would assume the D3x) has a mode to address this. Will it work as well as a non-DX lens; well thats up to the user (it certainly does defeat the purpose of going full frame though). However it WILL work. Of course, those who are willing to spend the money on an FX body, aren't likely to balk at spending the cash for an FX compatible lens.
     
  8. bigtwinky

    bigtwinky No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2008
    Messages:
    4,820
    Likes Received:
    285
    Location:
    Montreal
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    My bad for the incorrect info. I was thinking that DX are like Canon EF-S lenses, where the EF-S is only usable on the crop sensors.
     
  9. TamiyaGuy

    TamiyaGuy No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2007
    Messages:
    1,078
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Chelmsford, UK
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    A DX lens means that it is optimised for use with Nikon's "crop body" (or DX) DSLRs. This is mainly to cut costs, as instead of having to optimise a lens to perform well on a 36 x 24mm sensor, you'll only have to do it for a 24 x 16mm sensor.

    If you use a DX lens on a full-frame DSLR (D700, D3 and D3x at time of writing), then the camera will recognise the lens as being DX and swap it to a DX-crop mode, which means that it will only use the middle part of the sensor. The megapixels will be reduced, but other than that it's the same. If you use a DX lens on a film camera, however, you'll get severe vignetting at the edges of the photograph.
     
  10. hossmaster

    hossmaster TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2007
    Messages:
    139
    Likes Received:
    0
    dx lenses don't have aperture rings, no hyper focal information :thumbdown:
     
  11. TUX424

    TUX424 TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2008
    Messages:
    447
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    St. Louis, MO
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    That would not be true in a cases DX is explaned above

    G Lens are lens that a gelded or with the aperture rings removed
     
  12. hossmaster

    hossmaster TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2007
    Messages:
    139
    Likes Received:
    0

    true, all DX lenes are G lenses so they have no aperture rings
     

Share This Page

Search tags for this page
dx vs vr lens
,
meaning of vr lens
,
vr camera lens meaning
,

vr lens meaning

,

vr lens means

,

vr lense means

,
vr lenses means
,
what does vr lens mean
,
what is the meaning of vr lens
,
what vr means lens