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.
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.
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.
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.
‘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.
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.
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