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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 NEX-...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What practical advantages do expensive Nikon DSLRs give vs affordable ones?

Nikon has DSLR cameras such as D5, D3x, or D4s which are rather expensive, but they offer less resolution than D810 or D750 which are more affordable. I have been comparing these tree models with D810 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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So my iPhone 6 camera lens is as wide as my full frame 35mm DSLR lens?

I am trying to understand what is the deal with "full-frame" and what difference it makes, so did a silly test: I sat at my bed and aligned the iPhone 6 camera with the door of the room and took a ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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Why use larger format cameras for studio photography?

Recently, I did a lot of studio photography (read: improvised hobbyist studio) using an APS-C camera (Pentax K-30). I don't see any major limitations due to the body. However, larger formats like ...
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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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Can a teleconverter make lenses designed for a "crop" sensor cover full frame?

I have a crop lens. Can I fill a full-frame sensor adding an appropriate tele converter (focal length extender? Specifically, I have a 1/2" C-mount lens and terrible vignetting on a full frame camera. ...
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Is there a benefit to using a FX body when using DX Lenses?

I have a Nikon DX D3200 and I want to switch to an FX Nikon D610. I know I can use my DX lenses on the FX body and I don't have enough money to replace them with FX lenses. Both bodies are 24MP but ...
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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 brought by ...
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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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How do Nikon full-frame handle ISO noise, especially at ISOs other than full-stop increments?

After reading this question and its answers, I came to wonder if Nikon full-frames handle ISO more or less in the same way as Canon does. Quoting an answer of this question: The native ISO for ...
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Does a full frame with a teleconverter perform better than an APS-C without a teleconverter?

Context Putting a teleconverter on a full frame lens magnifies the center of the lens but gives more reach due to that with some drawbacks. I've rediscovered focal reducers that do the opposite, ...
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