Last week I was reading D800 forums and came across a recommendation for a book: Mastering the D800 by Darrell Young. I had already read the entire user manual but knew there were things that may not be explicitly covered and others that I didn't fully understand. I went to Amazon to see if they had it and read the reviews of it there. People love this guy so I decided it was worth it to read his book and hopefully gain some more insight into using my camera more effectively. It was not a waste! I'm learning quite a bit.
Today I learned something extremely exciting. I was joking with KC about this the other day but didn't really expect it to be true. I mentioned that the camera has a DX mode and laughed, "Wouldn't it be great if I could just flip a switch into DX mode and get an extra 50% more reach!" I assumed it just used less of the sensor. But today, I was reading the section on setting Image Area and almost jumped in the air when I saw that indeed, it does actually zoom in 50% more!!!!! This will turn my 70-200 into a 105-300 if I switch it to DX mode! Sure I'll loose some of the pixels but if I don't have the reach, I end up cropping post anyway! I'm going to have to play with it a little more but here was my test shot. I took each pic from the same spot in my kitchen. The EXIF data confirms that at 70mm, I have a 105mm equivalent!!!! I'm so excited I may not be able to sleep tonight!
I'm a mother of 2 girls living in NC. I've dabbled in photography on and off but really this is just for fun