Sigma 8-16mm Ultra Wide Angle Lens on Nikon D800 in DX mode for Fashion Shoot … Works Great !!

Nikon D800 in DX mode, Sigma 8-16mm for Nikon, Sigma crop sensor on Nikon FX camera in DX mode, Fashion photography with Nikon D800 and Sigma 8-16mm
Nikon D800, Sigma 8-16mm @ 8mm f/11, ISO 1600.  Click image for larger view.

The Nikon D800 full sized (FX) sensor body takes images which for my purposes generally have far too many megapixels.

Fortunately,  the D800 can be used in crop sensor APS-C  or DX mode.

Unfortunately, there is currently no pro or semi pro Nikon body which can match the D800 in DX mode performance.  If you like to shoot in DX mode, the D800 is best choice… for low frame rate shooting…

Today, I gave the D800 a run at a fashion model in DX mode with  Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM FLD AF Ultra Wide Zoom Lens for APS-C sized Nikon DSLR’s attached.

As you can see, the image pops.  I much prefer my results on the D800 in DX mode with the Sigma 8-16, to the D800 in FX mode with the Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 II DG HSM.

Click here to see some pixel peeks of a direct comparison of these lenses.

View a larger version of the image by clicking here.

Seen full size, the whole image is very sharp.

Exposure was ISO 1600, f/11 1/25 sec.  For stability and to freeze my background framing, the D800 sat atop a Manfrotto 190CXPRO4 4 Section Carbon Fiber Tripod with Manfrotto 324RC2 Joystick Head.

To help freeze motion and to give the model some pop, fill flash was provided by two Nikon SB-800 speedlights.

One SB-800 sat atop the D800 in Commander mode.  The second was set to 1/16 power and placed into a  Lastolite 24″ Exybox.

As time goes by, I am preferring to use the D800 in DX mode for more and more applications.

Why would I or anyone use an FX camera in DX mode … ??

Advantages of the Nikon D800 in DX mode vs FX mode

  • Many lenses are DX lenses
    • Many of the best lenses are DX lenses, especially second party lenses like Sigma, Tokina and Tamron
    • Many more of the best lenses will be DX lenses (it’s physics)
  • DX mode uses much fewer megapixels, often still more than one needs
    • DX files are about 1/2 the megapixels, or about 18-19 Mega vs 36 Mega for FX, this is plenty for most applications
    • All soft processing works LOTS FASTER
  • FX lenses best optics are in the center of the lens
    • Shooting an FX lens in DX mode, gives an incredibly sharp image for most applications
  • There are focus points across pretty much the entire image area
    • Useful if your subject is off in a corner… often the case in wide angle photography

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