Nikon DX Camera Lenses

Nikon DX camera lenses are designed to be used with Nikon DX camera bodies. The company produces a full suite of DX lenses to cover any photographic style or application.

Nikon DX

Nikon produces DSLR cameras in two different sensor formats. Nikon’s FX cameras come with full frame sensors, meaning that they measure 36 by 24 millimetres, the same size as 35mm film. Nikon’s DX cameras, on the other hand, use the smaller DX sensor. The DX is an APS-C type sensor, the largest common type of crop sensor currently used. DX sensors measure around 24 by 16 millimetres, although size varies very slightly from model to model, giving them a crop factor of approximately 1.5. The DX sensor was developed for Nikon’s very first home-grown digital camera, the Nikon D1, allowing it to weigh and cost less than its expensive, bulky competitors. Today, Nikon primarily use the DX sensor for compact or entry-level DSLR cameras.

DX Lenses

Nikon’s DX camera lenses are those designed to be used with DX sensors. They are designed to produce a smaller image circle than Nikon’s FX lenses in order to fit the smaller sensor. This also allows them to be made smaller and less expensive than full-frame FX lenses. Nikon FX lenses can actually be used on Nikon DX bodies and vice versa. However, the crop factor means that a DX camera will only capture the central portion of an FX lens's image circle. This is particularly important for photographers who want to shoot wide angles, as many DX lenses start at 16mm or 18mm while many FX wide angle lenses will effectively become normal lenses due to the crop factor. Meanwhile, using a DX lens on a Nikon FX body will force the camera into Auto DX Crop mode, in which only a DX-sized portion of the FX sensor activates.

The DX Line

Nikon produces an extensive line of Nikkor DX lenses, including both prime and zoom Nikon DX camera lenses. Ordinary Nikkor DX lenses are available in focal lengths from 12mm to 300mm, so you can take both wide-angle landscapes and long-distance shots using DX glass. The range also includes some more specialised lenses like the AF DX Fisheye 10.5mm f/2.8G ED and the AF-S DX Micro Nikkor 40mm f/2.8G macro lens. Almost all Nikkor DX lenses are AF-S lenses, which means that they use Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor technology for quick, quiet autofocus operation. A few Nikkor DX lenses use AF-P technology instead. This replaces the Silent Wave Motor with an even quieter stepping motor, making these lenses particularly useful for videography.