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Is there a noticeable difference in image quality between Micro Four Thirds and APS-C entry-level DSLR cameras?

A great deal here depends on when you (generally) take pictures. In particular, with bright light, a smaller sensor makes little or no difference in quality. As the light level drops, however, a ...
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Is there a noticeable difference in image quality between Micro Four Thirds and APS-C entry-level DSLR cameras?

In practice this is not a concern unless you have very demanding needs. Now I would preface this by saying that my view of "image quality" is that many people, particularly beginners, tend to make ...
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Will switching from Canon to Nikon as a way to improve image quality make my stock images saleable?

The most important thing for stock photography is composition/artistic vision. Next is proper technique which involves both the skill of the photographer and, for things such as night architectural ...
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Is there any point in ultra-high ISO for DSLR [not film]?

For some sort of photography high ISO is very important. At some point the picture quality does not matter as much as having at least taken a photo, even if it is very noisy. News journalists or ...
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Is there a noticeable difference in image quality between Micro Four Thirds and APS-C entry-level DSLR cameras?

I'm sure you've heard the old saying, "The best camera is the one you have with you." Some of my favorite photos are shots I've taken with my three-year-old Samsung Galaxy Note 4, a phone with a ...
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APS-C crop factor 1.5x or 1.53x

Nikon 1.5X APS-C sensors in their current lineup are actually 1.52-1.53X depending on the exact measurements of the various different sensors in different models. Some older, discontinued models in ...
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Why is my crop lens producing a circular image on my full-frame camera?

The 18-300 DX VR is a DX lens, as its name says. DX, by Nikon, is the acronym for APS-C format. The D750 is an FX body (FX by Nikon means full-frame). So you are trying to use an APS-C lens on a full-...
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Is there a noticeable difference in image quality between Micro Four Thirds and APS-C entry-level DSLR cameras?

There is without a doubt a noticeable difference. The smaller sensor size, as you mentioned, gives a Micro Four-Thirds camera a disadvantage when it comes to low-light performance. The real question ...
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Will switching from Canon to Nikon as a way to improve image quality make my stock images saleable?

I doubt the sensor is holding you back (for the record, I shoot Nikon). Much more goes into good IQ than just the sensor: lenses, lighting, and technique are all huge factors in the equation, this is ...
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How is focal length facial distortion different on an APS-C sensor compared to a full frame?

The facial deformations you are worried about are due to perspective distortion. Perspective is determined by one thing and one thing only: subject distance. Here's an example of focal length ...
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APS-C lenses on full frame Mirrorless bodies

The EF-S to RF adapter is only possible because of the very short Flange focal distance of 20mm of the RF mount compared to the 44mm of the EF and EF-S mounts. The adapter places the EF-S mount lens ...
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APS-C lenses on full frame Mirrorless bodies

Since the adapter moves the lenses further from the sensor, I’d imagine that the coverage of the lens would be larger, and that the adapter or body alters focus to compensate. Is this thinking correct?...
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Using FF lens on APS-C changes lens aperture value?

Neither the focal length of the lens nor the aperture of the lens change if we change the size of the sensor. What does change is the angle of view and the depth of field, but not the exposure. (We ...
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Is there any point in ultra-high ISO for DSLR [not film]?

Beyond the sensationalist title, I think what you are asking is simply - Are my results typical? To which I'd answer, yes your results are typical and expected. I don't often try to shoot in the ...
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Does say a 35mm on an APS-C camera have the same facial/other deformations as a 35mm?

Short answer no - it will be approximately equivalent to the 50mm lens on a full frame camera. What you are referring to are issues of perspective. The perspective is not a property of the lens but ...
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Buying a Nikon DSLR Camera body only, is a 35mm and 55-200mm lens enough for most cases?

35mm is not wide enough for many types of general photography. With any group shots, (especially indoors) or any large outdor landscape scenes, you will need something like 16mm to 18mm to get ...
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How does the smaller mirror in APS-C cameras offer these advantages?

Just about any wide angle (WA) or ultra wide angle (UWA) lens used with an interchangeable lens camera will use a retrofocus design. That does mean larger, heavier, and more complex than a non-...
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APS-C crop factor 1.5x or 1.53x

It doesn't really matter, but two decimal digits is more precision than is practically useful. ... or is it standard practice to round to only the first place with crop factor? This is good ...
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Why don't my calculations based on a crop factor of 1.5 work for the Nikon P1000?

It is simply that the P1000 does not offer an APS-C sensor - as its manual and marketing site state it has a 1/2.3" sensor, which offers a crop factor of ...
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Why don't my calculations based on a crop factor of 1.5 work for the Nikon P1000?

The P1000 unfortunately isn't an APS-C, it's far smaller at 1/2.3-inch, which gives it a crop factor of 5.6. Compared to a 35mm sensor it is tiny. From ApoTelyt.com - Nikon P1000 Comparison Review ...
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There are many f2.8 zooms for FF. Why are there so few f2/f1.8 zooms for APS-C?

Mostly because the market has not demanded them, or at least the marketing departments at the camera and lens makers have not perceived much of a demand for them. Most photographers who choose to use ...
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What is the difference between APS-C and CMOS sensors?

So this thread actually still comes up in search so i'm going to add a little addendum to it. I think the reason some folks get confused about this is because sometimes during compares it shows up in ...
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What is the difference between APS-C and CMOS sensors?

Those are completely orthogonal concepts. APS-C is a sensor-size. Other sensors for DSLRs are Full-Frame or APS-H. CMOS is a type of sensor. Other sensors are CCD. One can have an APS-C CMOS sensor, ...
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Buying a Nikon DSLR Camera body only, is a 35mm and 55-200mm lens enough for most cases?

It depends. This is why getting a blanket lens recommendation almost never works. Everybody has a different set of priorities on what and how they want to shoot and how much they have to spend. ...
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Is there a noticeable difference in image quality between Micro Four Thirds and APS-C entry-level DSLR cameras?

Since most of the answers here are kind of the general "trade-offs related to sensor area" type, I'm going to add something that I haven't seen mentioned: the difference in the aspect ratio might not ...
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Use a fisheye lens on APS-C camera as ultra wide angle

A fish-eye lens is not just a lens with a very short focal length, it also has a specific distortion (cf. fish-eye projection vs. rectilinear projection). So while you can use a full-frame fish-eye ...
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APS-C crop factor 1.5x or 1.53x

You are correct. Like most manufacturers, Nikon APS-C sensor sizes vary depending on the camera model. Nikon crop factor can be 1.52, 1.53, 1.55, or 1.56 A list of the most common crop factors for ...
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Does using a focal reducer shrink depth of field?

The combined lens (50mm f/2 and a 0.71x speedbooster/telecompressor) will act like a 35mm/f1.4 lens in all regards (Same applies to teleconverters, in the other direction. lens designs exist that ...
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Decrease FF lens focal length for use on APS-C and still have it focus?

This is exactly what a telecompressor/focal reducer/"speed booster" is for. It can be bought as a ready made unit with a choice of mirrorless camera mounts on one side and a choice of SLR/...
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FOV on an APS-C and Full frame 'lens'

Field of view is the real-world angle captured on the image. It is determined by the quotient of the sensor size and the focal length. That's basic geometry. If you want to keep the angles when ...
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