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Would it be possible to make a 36×36 mm "full frame" sensor?

That's not correct. Look at this picture: The green rectangle is a 36x24 sensor. The green circle, which has a diameter of 43.3mm, is the minimal light spot needed for that size. The blue square is ...
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How does crop factor affect perspective?

When I started photography, this one took me ages to figure out, because people tend to explain it with a lot of math, or in a way that makes sense once you already grasp the principle but not before. ...
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Why did they ever make smaller than full-frame sensors?

The first mainstream applications for electronic image sensors (be it Image-Orthicons, Vidicons, Plumbicons, or CCDs, or CMOS active pixel sensors, be it analog-electronic or digital workflows) were ...
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What practical advantages do expensive Nikon DSLRs give vs affordable ones?

The Nikon D5 and its predecessors are mainly intended for action and sports photographers. They are designed for speed and sensitivity in order to freeze fast moving action and capture it at its ...
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What is the difference between these Canon full frame cameras?

Without wanting to seem too harsh: if you don't understand the differences between those cameras, you're probably not ready to buy one. More generally, if you put similar format cameras if you put ...
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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?

No. You should set your zoom to 85mm to see what an 85mm lens looks like on your camera. The focal length of a lens is a physical property that does not change no matter what size sensor you put ...
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Would it be possible to make a 36×36 mm "full frame" sensor?

Is it possible and why it has not been done yet ? Not necessarily. A 24x36mm sensor will easily fit in an image circle that's too small for a 36x36mm sensor. Specifically, a 24x36mm sensor requires 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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Why did they ever make smaller than full-frame sensors?

Big sensors cost more than small sensors for more-or-less the same reason that big TVs cost more than small TVs. Compare a 30-inch TV and a 60-inch TV (about 75cm and 150cm, if you prefer). ...
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What options are there for travel walkabout lenses for Canon 5D Mark III?

You can't use Nikon nor Panasonic lens, they have different mount. For me the best option for FF Canon are Canon 24-105/f4 or Sigma 24-105/f4. Both of them offer image stabilization and are quite ...
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How to transition from crop-frame to full-frame

The main fundamental thing to get used to is doing the crop math in the other direction with FX lenses. What you're used to seeing as 50mm with your crop body, on full frame, will look like 35mm on ...
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Focal length on Full frames and cropped sensors

If you take a photo of a FF camera and 75mm DX lens and compare that image with another shot of same subject made by a cropped camera and a 50mm lens what you will see ? But to be able to see the "...
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How do I tell whether a Nikon DSLR or lens is full or cropped frame?

Let's start with some Nikon terminology. Nikon refers to their full frame cameras and lenses as “FX” and their cropped frame cameras and lenses as “DX”. The crop factor for Nikon cameras is ...
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How does crop factor affect perspective?

Not correct. Perspective (referring to the size and spacing of background objects relative to subject) is determined by only the distance of camera to subject. This is the geometry drawn from the ...
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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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Why did they ever make smaller than full-frame sensors?

Because you specifically asked about history... I'd suggest: size, weight, & cost. All those considerations were equally true in the pre-digital (ie film) days. A popular film format was the 110 ...
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Why did they ever make smaller than full-frame sensors?

Long before digital, people sought to produce smaller film formats to address manufacturing, usability, and other cost-benefit issues, which are described in other answers. What is now known as "full ...
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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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What practical advantages do expensive Nikon DSLRs give vs affordable ones?

They're designed for different use cases. The D810 and kin are designed for wedding, event, and landscape photographers who need maximum resolution; flagship models like the D5 are designed for ...
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What is the focal length of Nikon 1 lenses mounted on a full frame camera?

10mm is 10mm. Focal lengths of almost all interchangeable lens camera systems are expressed in the actual focal length of the lens.There are certain technical reasons why this is so, but the simplest ...
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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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Full-Sensor Nikon D750 With 4K Video

Will there be D750 coming out anytime soon that will be capable of 4K video? That part of the question is off-topic because we don't deal in speculation. Having said that, Nikon's big release this ...
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Why doesn't full frame have faster shutter speed than crop (all other things equal)?

A full frame sensor gathers more light for the total area, but that's because there is more total area. The light gathered for the same sized portion of the recording medium is the same for any ...
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What is the focal length of Nikon 1 lenses mounted on a full frame camera?

Focal length is never adjusted for crop factor, since it's a physical property of the lens. It doesn't change just because you put a bigger sensor behind the lens. So, a 10mm lens on your Nikon 1 ...
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What would be a better lens, 40 or 50mm prime, for walk around?

None of these lenses are going to approach L series lenses in terms of build quality and the ability to take punishment and just keep working as they should. There are reasons they offer near the same ...
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Would it be possible to make a 36×36 mm "full frame" sensor?

The sensors could be made to a square format (though the current diameter would not accommodate 36x36mm, it would need to be about 30mm) if there was a demand for it. But by that logic the question ...
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Macro with crop body

The maximum magnification is an expression of the size as it is projected onto the recording medium. That is, it is a reference to the size of the projection on the surface of the sensor or film. If ...
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