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    Full frame sensor size explained: exploit its advantages for pro-quality pictures

    | Photography Tutorials | Tutorials | 21/11/2012 11:30am
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    How to shoot with a full frame sensor

     

    You’ll need to tighten up your shooting technique to properly exploit the advantages of a full frame sensor. Here’s how to do it.

    Get the most from your full frame sensor: invest in lenses

    Invest in lenses
    You’ll lose any resolution advantage if you use old or cheap lenses. Nikon’s new 24-85mm VR zoom is a good choice, or the 24-70mm f/2.8.

     

    Get the most from your full frame sensor: focus with care

    Focus with care
    Pin-point focusing is crucial to exploit the extra resolution. Manual focussing is not always precise enough, and autofocus may prove more accurate.

     

    Get the most from your full frame sensor: aperture settings

    Aperture settings
    You’ll need an aperture one stop smaller, maybe more, to get the depth of field of a DX camera. Avoid apertures smaller than f/11 as diffraction will affect sharpness.

     

    Get the most from your full frame sensor: safe shutter speeds

    ‘Safe’ shutter speeds
    The old ‘reciprocal’ rule is only approximate. Instead of using 1/30 sec with a 30mm lens, for example, consider using 1/60 sec or even 1/125 sec.

     

    Get the most from your full frame sensor: use a tripod

    Use a tripod
    To be sure of maximum sharpness, use a tripod. Choose a good one – the best aren’t just sturdy, they also dampen vibrations from traffic or people walking past.

     

    Get the most from your full frame sensor: improve your memory

    Improve your memory
    An 8Gb memory card might be all right in your 16-megapixel DX-format camera, but in the D800 it’s enough for just 103 uncompressed RAW files.

    PAGE 1: What is full frame?
    PAGE 2: Lens loyalties with full frame
    PAGE 3: Why the depth of field is different
    PAGE 4: How to shoot with a full frame sensor
    PAGE 5: How a full frame sensor affects your pictures
    PAGE 6: Pros and cons of using a full frame sensor

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    Posted on Wednesday, November 21st, 2012 at 11:30 am under Photography Tutorials, Tutorials.

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