Questions tagged [full-frame]

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

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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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Will a full frame camera reduce noise vs. my Canon T7i for high school wrestling and football?

I’m looking to get my first Canon full frame. I mostly take photos of high school wrestling and night football. I would like to stay around $1000. Currently I have a T7i. Is there any advice as to ...
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APS-C lenses on full frame Mirrorless bodies

I was wondering about the use of lenses designed for smaller sensors on full frame bodies. This originally comes up regarding a discussion of Canon EF-S lenses with adapters on full frame Mirrorless ...
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How can I use a Nikkor mikro on a full frame DSLR to photograph 35 mm film and slides?

I have a Nikon D800 and a Nikkor mikro 105 mm (old version, no VR) and I would like to scan 35 mm film and slides. I see that film adaptors meant for macro lenses usually require 55-60 mm lenses, for ...
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APS-C crop factor 1.5x or 1.53x

I'm having issues wrapping my head around how to get crop factor based on 35mm. I understand what crop factor is but my math is confusing me. For example, everyone knows that aps-c is a 1.5x crop ...
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Do Full Frame cameras have significant advantage over APS-C ones in macro photography?

In this video on 35:52 the author compares two photos made with an APS-C and a Full Frame cameras: https://youtu.be/LMKmCZ6Gktk?t=2152 The difference is overwhelming. I'm evaluating switching to Full ...
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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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Would it be possible to make a 36×36 mm "full frame" sensor?

since all lenses are round, full frame cameras' sensors can be 36 × 36 millimeters. Correct? Is it possible, and if so, why it has not been done yet? Would that qualify it as medium format?
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Why is my crop lens producing a circular image on my full-frame camera?

I have a Nikon D750 that is now giving a circular image when using my Nikon 18-300 DX VR lens. It was fine before. Why has this occurred and what do I need to do to fix it?
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Can I use a 127.5mm focal length on a crop camera to see what the view would be like using an 85mm full frame lens?

I have a Nikon D7500 which is a DX format camera. I am thinking of getting a Nikon 85mm lens but I only see one that is in FX format. I have a 70-300 lens in DX format and was wondering if I set the ...
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Is there really a difference between crop and FF sensors anymore in regards to pic quality? [duplicate]

It seem to me that everything is a numbers game. Better lens better ISO technologies better more modern camera etc etc. These days a canon 80D ...Is it really that much different picture quality then ...
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Why smaller AoV APS-C has same aperture as larger AoV FF lens?

I am quite confused, FF focal length 50mm f/2.0 has aperture diameter 25mm APS-C lens 50mm f/2.0 has aperture diameter 25mm Then both lenses have same size front glass. However Angle of View for lens ...
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Why using 50mm lens on FF gives more DOF than using 50mm lens on APS-C?

Provided both lenses are 50mm focal length never change why using 50mm lens on FF gives more DOF than when using same lens on APS-C. 50mm lens on FF f/2.0 focus distance 2m gives DOF = 18cm 50mm lens ...
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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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APS-C + speedbooster vs full frame

I own a Nikon in DX-format (Nikon name for APS-C sensor, crop factor ~1.5) and I'm considering buying a 50mm prime lens soon for it. (To be complete, my camera is a D5200, although I don't think the ...
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Is there an EF version of the Canon EF-S 60mm macro?

I take a lot of photos of faces. For the last 12 years or so, I've been using a Canon EF-S 60mm macro lens on an EOS 7D. I just upgraded to a Canon RP full-frame. With an adapter, I can mount the EF-S ...
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matching field of view between apsc and full frame

I'm sure this is a dumb question. I'm upgrading from a sony a6 aps-c to a sony a7Rii full frame and trying to determine which focal length of FE primes I want. I'm using my aps-c a6 as a reference to ...
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Sensor size and pixels amount impact on image quality

Digital cameras have two characteristics: sensor size and pixels amount (in MP). I know the bigger sensor is and the more pixels amount is the better for the final image quality. But what ...
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Comparing images of full frame against APS-C at same (large) focal length

About me As an enthusiast photographer, I am currently working with a Canon 80D with the following lenses: Canon EF-S 15-85 mm f3.5-5.6 IS USM Canon EF 70-300 mm f4-5.6L IS USM Only a small fraction ...
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What image will I get if I attached a DSLR lens to an iPhone sensor?

As we all know, we will get a cropped image when we use the same lens on FF and APS-C. The image is kind of zoomed-in. THe image quality of the two images would depends on the sensor quality. If I ...
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Black corner on pictures

I noticed that all the pictures I have taken the other day have the top right corner that is black (see example below). There is various pictures with different aperture and exposure, all with the ...
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Does a full frame lens require more light on a crop body? [duplicate]

When using a full frame lens on a crop body, does the lens require more light? If I use an f/2.8 full frame lens on a crop body, does it become an f/4.2 (*1.5)?
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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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What options do I have for very compact or pancake lenses for full frame Sony E cameras?

I love tiny lenses, but I haven't found anything that is smaller than the Samyang 35mm 2.8 that also covers full frame for Sony's E-Mount. Is there any option I have that could make an a7r2 jacket ...
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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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Why did they ever make smaller than full-frame sensors?

You will occasionally encounter articles about how awesome full-frame cameras are. Lot of that is probably over-enthusiasm over a new piece of equipment or simple marketing, but it seems to me that at ...
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Why doesn't full frame have faster shutter speed than crop (all other things equal)?

I enjoy amateur wildlife photography, and have always used crop camera bodies + long lenses, and usually shoot handheld. Obviously the main difficulty is that I need very fast shutter speeds to get ...
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What options are there for travel walkabout lenses for Canon 5D Mark III?

I recently upgraded my camera to a Canon 5D Mark III, and now my kit 18-55mm lens no longer fits. I’m looking for a general, travel, walk about, portrait and landscape lens. I was thinking about 24-...
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Does sensor size affect performance of image stabilization?

Many lenses today have image stabilization (IS) in the lens. At least Canon and Nikon do this. The Canon and Nikon systems allow one to use lenses intended for full frame cameras in their crop sensor ...
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Is it beneficial to use a crop sensor camera with a full frame telezoom?

I have a Canon 100-400L telezoom lens. It gives up to 400mm of focal length, but when used on a crop sensor camera, the equivalent focal length would be 640mm. Because the equivalent focal length ...
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Is it beneficial to use full frame for blurred background?

I have often heard it said that to have a blurred background, it is beneficial to shoot full frame. However, is this really true? The useful largest aperture is anyway limited by the amount of depth ...
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What to look for in a fisheye that is to be useful at multiple sensor formats?

I am aware there are multiple projection types, and a complicated relationship between imaging circle, focal length and how a crop will look like. How to choose a fisheye that is useful on a full ...
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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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What would be a better lens, 40 or 50mm prime, for walk around? [closed]

I have a Canon EOS Rebel T5i/700D body, an EF-S 18-55 wide angle lens, a 70-300mm telephoto lens, and the kit lens that came with the body. I am still building my lens collection and am looking for ...
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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's the widest wide-angle lens available to Canon Full Frame DSLRs?

Is there anything wider than the Sigma 12-24mm? Are there any attachments I can put on my camera to get an even wider focal length?
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Full-Sensor Nikon D750 With 4K Video [closed]

I am currently on the market for my first DSLR camera. The options I am considering are D5500 family and D750 family. The former has a cropped sensor, whereas the latter has a full sensor. I do like ...
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How does crop factor affect perspective?

I have a question about crop factor and how it affects the perspective. Suppose you have one Super 35 camera and one APS-C camera. As far as I understand, to photograph the same image on the APS-C ...
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Does a 35mm DX lens, mounted on a crop body, have the same field of view as a 35mm FX lens mounted on a full frame camera? [duplicate]

I know that when you use lenses made for full frame cameras on a APS-C camera, you should calculate the crop factor. E.g., a 35mm lens designed for a full frame camera mounted on a APS-C body should ...
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real-estate photography -- upgrade from Canon 50D to 5D Mark IV

I do real-estate photography. My lens is a Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM ultra wide angle zoom lens. If I upgrade the camera body from one with a small-sensor (Canon 50D) to one with a full-frame (Canon ...
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Is there ever a right time to upgrade to full frame camera body?

Context I've been shooting with an a6000 (APS_C mirrorless) and I plan to move on up to full frame, preferably mirrorless as well. I'm debating on when to upgrade, and probably don't plan to buy ...
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Focal length on Full frames and cropped sensors

Yes, this subject again. But I have a slightly different question and I was unable to find an answer here or anywhere else. I understand a 50mm lens is a 50mm lens ALWAYS. I understand that "...
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What is the difference between these Canon full frame cameras? [closed]

I am about to buy a Canon full frame camera. I wonder which one to buy. Is there any visible different between the photos from these cameras: Canon 6D Mark II Canon 5D Mark III Canon 5D Mark IV I ...
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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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How is focal length facial distortion different on an APS-C sensor compared to a full frame? [duplicate]

From my understanding (and research) focal length affects how a face will end up looking on a photograph. Here's an example of focal length distortion on a full-frame sensor: My question is: will a ...
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Are there cons of buying medium-format lens for 35mm film SLR?

Right now I have Pentax ME Super SLR camera and I want to buy some telephoto lens. Additionally, I plan to buy medium-format camera in some (near) future. In consequence I wonder: Is it reasonable to ...
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Where does the price premium of full-frame come from?

Full-frame cameras are much more expensive than APS-C ($2000 vs $500). How does this price difference break down into: The per-unit cost to manufacture an APS-C vs full-frame sensor? Smaller market ...
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How to calculate which system will work better for me?

For all intents and purposes assume I am using the same 400mm lens, which would give a me better resolution of the subject (bird)? A 50% crop of 42 megapixel Sony a7riii Fullframe A full crop of 20.3 ...
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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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Full frame or not? [duplicate]

I am struggling to decide between the 5D and the 70D as an upgrade to a 600D. I am an amateur photographer achieving pleasing results with my 600 and I have 5 good lenses. The kit (18-135) is an EF-S ...