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

    | Photography Tutorials | Tutorials | 21/11/2012 11:30am

    Pros and Cons of a full frame sensor


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    Pros of full frame sensors

    • Great ‘bokeh’ (shallow depth of field effects) – images have a sense of depth
    • Larger photosites offer improved dynamic range and high ISO performance
    • Lenses deliver their ‘true’ focal length – no need to apply a focal factor
    • Higher resolution from the bigger sensor area and more megapixels
    • Bigger bodies for those with bigger hands!
    • You can print pictures bigger and you have more leeway when cropping

    Cons of full frame sensors

    • Harder to get enough depth of field for those shots that need it
    • You need the best lenses and best technique to properly exploit any advantage in quality
    • Disproportionately expensive – the D7000, for example, is half the price of the D600 yet has very similar features
    • Big file sizes can quickly fill your memory cards and place heavy demands on your computer
    • You can use all lenses on DX cameras, but only FX lenses, realistically, on an FX camera
    • Telephotos don’t have the same ‘reach’ on an FX camera compared to the 1.5x focal factor of DX cameras

    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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