# DX 35mm vs FX 50mm

Will the picture taken from

AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G and AF-NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G be one and the same because of the DX and FX format??

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Do you mean: with both on the same camera; or with the DX lens on a crop-sensor DX camera and the FX lens on a full-frame FX camera? – drewbenn Jan 27 '12 at 1:37
Try the exercise in this answer. I think it'll make it clear what's going on. – mattdm Jan 27 '12 at 2:17
Also related (from a different point of view) How can I get the same image with the same 50mm lens on both FF and APS-C? – mattdm Jan 27 '12 at 2:19
If these don't answer your question, please let us know and clarify what needs to be further explained. Thanks! – mattdm Jan 27 '12 at 2:49

Not exactly, since the picture made on the DX sensor with the 35mm lens will have slightly greater depth of field for a given aperture, and the internal focus (which actually changes the focal length of a lens to achieve focus) may mean that the proportion of focal lengths at a given distance might not always be the same. But it'll be close enough for jazz, so to speak -- the main difference being that, wide open, the 50mm lens will be able to achieve a shallower depth of field. (You can always open up the 35 compared to the 50 at other apertures.)

35mm isn't exactly 50mm/1.5 (the crop factor), but then the stated focal lengths of lenses tend to be approximate rather than exact in any case. If the 50mm is slightly long or the 35mm is slightly short (or both), you may have an exact match. As far as I know, though, only Hasselblad makes a point of stating the actual infinity focus length alongside the design length.

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I think he means on the same camera - this is a funky way of asking if the DX lenses have their focal length 'adjusted' for crop factor. – rfusca Jan 27 '12 at 1:41

If you compare a 35mm DX lens and a 35mm FX lens on a DX body you would see no theoretical difference.

If you put both lenses on an FX body, the centre of the resulting images would still be the same. The difference would be the corners of the image with the DX lens would be vignetted. Think of DX as being a cheaper design of an FX lens where the corners don't matter because they'll be chopped off anyway on the DX sensor. So the DX projected image doesn't extend out to the corners of an FX-sized sensor, but the middle part of the image is the same as with the FX lens.

The lens projects an image (you know, small and upside-down) onto the focal plane and that projection is a property of the lens and isn't be affected by what size sensor happens to there.

So a 50mm (DX or FX) lens will always project a different image than a 35mm (DX or FX).

The crop factor (magnification) comes from the sensor, not the lens. The same image projected from any lens onto a DX sensor, as compared to an FX sensor, will be magnified due to the sensor only capturing a centre portion of the image.

So to answer your question, on the same camera, the two lenses are absolutely different. On the same body, a 35mm is a 35mm whether it's an FX or DX lens. And a 50mm is a 50mm is a 50mm.

If you want to compare 50mm on an FX vs a 35mm on DX, then Stan has answered that, they are roughly the same, and I think the other questions reference above cover that as well.

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