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Nadja Meta

Nikkon Lenses and DOF chart

Why does the manual for the Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8 ED lens have a depth of field chart and the manual for Nikkor 70-200 mm f2.8 G hasn't got one? Is this chart important for getting DOF right, and do other photographers consult these lists when they are out shooting images? Or should I just stick to using the DOF preview button? I use a Nikon D3, btw. Thanks!

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7/20/2009 10:13:30 AM

Jon Close
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/18/2000
  The reason is because the combination of (a) short focus turning range for fast AF, plus (b) much narrower depth of field at longer focal lengths so compresses the DOF scale to where it would be unreadable on the 70-200 f/2.8G. Just look how dense the chart for the 24-70 is at 70mm.

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7/20/2009 12:27:06 PM

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