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Nikon Lens List 2018: FX and DX (Crop Factor) Lenses


One of the first things you’ll encounter when buying a Nikon DSLR or Nikkor lens is the distinction between FX and DX models. In short: FX-format gear costs more, tends to deliver higher quality images and captures wider-angle photos. That’s mainly because FX sensors are 136 percent larger than DX sensors.

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It’s not surprising that a bigger chip could cost more and provide better quality. But what’s this business of wider angles? Here’s how it works and what it means for the lenses you buy.

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