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Questions about photography using 35mm film or a digital sensor of equivalent size.

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When do the differences between APS-C and full frame sensors matter, and why?

I'm trying to decide on a higher-end digital SLR, and I'm down to choosing between an APS-C model and a full-frame model. I understand that the sensors are of different sizes, and as such have an ...
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Is crop-factor a bad thing?

It seems to me that there is a preference for full-frame sensors rather than cropped sensors, and I'm curious as to why. It seems to me, that the cropped sensor means that I get more bang for my buck ...
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Should I get DX for my APS-C camera, or FX lenses in case I upgrade to full-frame in the future?

I recently bought a Nikon D90 camera body, which has a "DX" APS-C-sized sensor.. Within the same budget, should I go with DX lenses or should I get full frame lenses in case I upgrade to a full frame ...
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How do Micro 4/3s cameras compare with DSLR cameras?

What are the major (and perhaps more subtle) differences between the newer Micro 4/3s format in comparison to the well-established DSLR cameras? What are the pros and cons of the Micro 4/3s format, ...
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What is the difference between EF and EF-S lenses?

This is specific to Canon, but what is the difference between EF and EF-S lenses?
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Are full-frame cameras bad for sports photography?

I was reading about crop factor from various places on the internet, and the general idea that kept building in my mind was that full-frame cameras are good for wide-angle shots but not that good for ...
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Which macro lens would you recommend for a full frame Nikon camera?

I use a full frame Nikon camera and would love to play with macro photography. Is the Nikon 105 macro strong enough or would you rather recommend some bigger third party lens?
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Do the same camera settings lead to the same exposure across different sensor sizes?

Let's say I have a micro-4/3rd camera and a full frame camera, both set to 1/60 at f/2.8, taking a picture of the same scene in the same lighting. Will the exposure be the same across both cameras ...
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What are the biggest pros & cons of the Canon 6D vs 5D mark II

I'm using the 50D at the moment and trying to enter the full frame digital world. I'm not considering the 5D mark 3 because it's out of budget, and no Nikons as I have a lens collection already in EF ...
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Decrypting Canon's Nomenclature Of Cameras

I'm an avid Canon user and I haven't used any cam other than Canon's ever. Right now, I'm having a 550D with 70-200 to compliment it. My question today is, Canon has a very wide range of camera ...
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Does shooting at lower RAW resolution using crop sensor camera mimics qualities of full frame cameras?

I'm not talking about changes to the focal length. I've read many post that say in full frame camera the pixel density is lower compared to crop sensor camera's and so it captures more light and has ...
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What is the difference between the newly launched Nikon D800 and D800E?

These two cameras have been announced by Nikon just this month, and they appear to be quite the same. However, getting the D800E instead of the D800 costs around $300 more. I don't know why that is ...
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What are the different sensor sizes used in DSLRs?

What do the different sensor size names used by Canon mean? There's APS-C, APS-H and full format? What are the standards used by Nikon, Pentax, Sony, Olympus, Panasonic, and others? What are the ...
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Do I need a full-frame camera for low-light photography?

I primarily shoot low-light photos, and I upgraded from a point-and-shoot to the Sony NEX-5R (which has an APS-C sensor) a few months back. However, I find that the low-light performance of the ...
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Why does a bigger sensor have better dynamic range?

I already understand all the theory behind how a bigger sensor leads to better control of depth of field, and lower noise. But I've yet to find a place that can explain why a bigger sensor gives you a ...
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What are the cons of a 5D Mark II? How does it compare to other FF bodies from Canon?

For those of you who have or have had a 5D Mark II. What do you not like about it? If you have a 5D Mark II and another full-frame model, in what kind of situations you prefer one over the other?
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What limits the size of digital imaging sensors?

I've read some information about sensor sizes here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image_sensor_format according to this, the 35mm ff-CMOS is the sensor with the largest dimensions used in digital ...
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Is there a reason to avoid the Nikon 80-200 f/2.8 on a Nikon D7000?

I just got my Nikon D7000 and I was not satisfied with the kit lens that came with it (18-105mm VR), so I have now set my eyes on an 80-200mm available for $1000 on a local store. However, I have ...
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Fancy technology cropped vs old technology full frame - Which will give better images?

After selling my 1Dmk2 last year the time has come to get myself a new body, all along I'd decided that I wanted to do more "wow" pictures, big landscapes and do some more portait photography (up ...
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What's the best fish eye lens money can buy for canon full frame body?

I'm looking for a fish eye lens to use with my 5d. The alternatives I can see are canon 8-15L f/4 and canon 15 f/2.8. Canon 15mm is a prime and it has a faster aperture, while 8-15 is an L lens. ...
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What's better image quality; full frame with Canon 400mm 5.6L plus 1.4 extender, OR, cropped frame with same lens?

I am about to upgrade to a Canon 7D for my birding using my 400mm 5.6L lens. With the 1.6 crop factor sensor that gives (roughly) a magnification factor equivalent to my other option, a Canon 5D mkII ...
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Loss of detail in high key areas?

Lately I took a few pictures from quite bright things with a Nikon D700. Even though I did not overexpose them by at least 2/3rds of a stop, the pictures lacked a lot of details in high key. Later on ...
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What will I be missing in a second hand D3?

I started out with a canon crop DSLR and kit lens and am now looking to upgrade. I don't have a big budget so I was thinking of getting the Nikon D7000 because of its great reviews. Since I am not ...
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Why shave a cropped-frame fisheye lens instead of buying a full-frame one?

Recently I found people shaving the lens hood off their Nikkor 10.5mm Fisheye which is a DX lens to use it on a full-frame Nikon DSLR. The result is a wider field-of-view but not even completely ...
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Do full frame camera require more power than a crop sensor camera?

I had a Canon 60D and used to get around 800 to 1000 shots on full battery charge. I've now traded my 60D to a 5D Mark II and it looks like it requires a lot more power. Is this normal for a full ...
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Is it possible to make a 35mm digital camera with the same size / weight / price as a 35mm film camera?

Why are full-frame digital cameras huge, heavy, $6000 beasts when 35mm film cameras fit in a pocket and cost $6? Are full-frame cameras getting smaller, lighter and/or cheaper? If not, why? If ...
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How can I get the same image with the same 50mm lens on both FF and APS-C?

First things first, I'm talking ONLY about framing here. No light sensitivity, no bokeh quality, no pixel quantity, etc. A 50mm in a FF camera will give a certain composition and framing. How can I ...
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How does a sensor cause vignetting?

Vignetting is usually assigned to lens characteristics, or caused by light-blocking objects in front of a lens, like lens-hood or a filter. Is there vignetting (or vignetting-like effect) caused by ...
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Are full-frame cameras less forgiving with respect to camera shake?

I am debating if I should upgrade to a full frame camera or not. I heard that full-frame cameras are less forgiving if there is camera shake? My worry is that my pictures might not be as sharp with ...
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Are cropped images from a full-frame sensor equal quality to full APS-C images despite the lower resolution?

If I put a DX lens on a Nikon D700, it will reduce megapixels to 5.1. I understand that FX pixels are about 2.5 times larger than DX pixels. Would I be correct to assume that, therefore, my FX image ...
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How does Depth of Field change when changing distance to account for cropped sensor?

I know that if I take my full frame lens (for example 50mm/1.4) and put it on an APS-C sensor, the field of view (FOV) changes. So what I will do is move back to retain the same subject magnification. ...
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What Do I Gain from Moving to a Full-Frame DSLR? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why do the differences between APS-C and full frame sensors matter? I'm on my 3rd Nikon DX DSLR (D70, D80 and now D7000). I've enjoyed each camera and the advances ...
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Reducing my gear list after moving from Canon APS-C to FF

I am going to order the new Canon 6D and therefore, I'll finally be transitioned into the world of FF very soon after using crop since the 400D and 50D. Here's my gear list at the moment that I'm ...
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Do full frame sensors gather more light than crop sensors?

Lots of people say that full frame sensors receive more light than cropped sensors. I have never found a proof of this claim so I tried to do the computation by myself, and proved the contrary! Could ...
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Why did Canon come up with APS-H and why did the top-of-the-line 1D's *still* use it and 1.3x crop, when FF existed for four years (the 5D)?

With the 1.5/1.6X (APS-C/DX) crop factors and full frame just about ubiquitous these days in the digital world -- why hadn't Canon's top-of-the-line 1D's moved to FF sooner? It took four years! Is ...
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Suitability of zoom lens to 5D full frame sensor camera

Am currently using an EF70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM L zoom lens on my Canon EOS 450D camera. The zoom lens is used for bird photography and I am thinking of upgrading to a Canon 5D MarkIII full frame ...
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Will there be any difference in photos taken using full frame and crop lenses on a crop camera?

I see a lot of questions comparing full frame (e.g EF for Canon, FX for Nikon) and crop lenses (e.g. EF-S for Canon, DX for Nikon) but I can't find the answer to what would be the differences between ...
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What's the magnification of a full frame macro lens on a MFT camera?

I think I've got this right but I would like to be positive before I buy a lens. If I were to use a Nikkor 55mm full frame macro lens with a 1:2 magnification and a 9inch min focus on a micro four ...
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The ideal prime lens combo in the bag for full frame [closed]

I am moving up to a full-frame DSLR and I am considering the lenses I should have in my bag. I have shot mostly with prime lenses (35mm and 50mm on APS-C) because I absolutely love the quality of the ...
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Resizing/pixel-binning workflow?

I'm thinking of going from DX to FX (crop to full frame) this summer. I'm a Nikon user so the options are D800, a used D700 or the unreleased D600 which is rumored to be 24MP. If I don't go with the ...
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What does “angle of view equivalent to that of some lens in 35mm format” mean?

Does "angle of view equivalent to that of 22.5-585 mm lens in 35mm [135] format" for a digital camera mean that the lens is equivalent to a 22.5-585 mm lens for a DSLR camera?
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Full Frame Vs Crop Frame [duplicate]

I have somewhat idea of the difference between these but would like to understand it with an example. Few questions Nikon D7000 Vs equivalent Full frame camera 1) Portraits : Would there be any ...
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Have DSLR sensors made improvements since the transition to CMOS?

I know that CMOS sensors appeared in the beginning of 90s, and evolved up to 2000s. I'm mainly talking about high ISO photos quality. For example, Canon 5D mark 3 has better results in high ISO tests ...
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Is there a better macro lens for the Canon EOS system than the MP-E 65mm?

I'm looking to buy my first macro lens to use with a full frame body. I started with Canon 100mm f/2.8L, over Zeis 100mm f/2 into Canon MP-E 65mm, which at this moment I like the best of the lot (I ...
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What is the visual difference between Full Frame, APS-C and Micro Four Thirds pictures? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When do the differences between APS-C and full frame sensors matter, and why? I am interested in a visual comparison of same scene but with different sensor ...
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Any recommendations on Ultra Wide Angle Zoom lens (at least 12mm) for Canon Full Frame models that also can mount filters?

I was searching for a Ultra Wide Angle zoom lens (at least 12mm) for natural scenery shooting for my 5D mark III that has to be able to mount ND filters (I have a LEE nd system), but unfortunately, I ...
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What Will Make Me Buy the D800 over DF if the former is cheaper? [closed]

I just looked at my local camera shop brochure today and I just saw that the D800 body only sells for 2300USD and the DF body only sells for 2500USD. This will be my first FX purchase so I have to get ...
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24-105 f4 vs 24-70 f2.8

I am looking for a secondary zoom lens for my Fashion Shoots. I'll be using the 50mm 1.4 as my primary go-to lens and the zoom for everything else. I was wondering which of those lenses perform better ...
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Can we always talk about noise difference between crop and full frame?

Let's say we have two systems: 1) full-frame camera, 80 mm lens at f/2.2 2) APS-C camera, 50 mm lens at f/1.4 The subject is the same, as well as the camera position, focus distance, shutter speed ...
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Do crop sensors increase the depth of field when using full frame lenses?

I'm trying to achieve maximum depth of field without sacrificing light. I have a micro-4/3rds camera and i want to attach a full frame lens to it for the large and constant aperture. My question is, ...