Does Camera Sensor Size Matter?

How to evaluate the advantages of full-frame versus smaller sensors when choosing a camera
Text & Photography by Josh Miller

Does camera sensor size really matter anymore? As photographers, we have never had so many great camera options that will produce amazing images. There are very capable cameras sporting everything from Micro Four Thirds sensors to APS-C, full-frame and all the way up to massive medium-format sensors. …

… Having shot with everything from Olympus Micro Four Thirds cameras to Fujifilm and Sony APS-C to Nikon full-frame DSLRs, and most recently with Nikon Z mirrorless, I can honestly say all three sensor formats will meet the needs of nearly all photographers. Having been a Nikon shooter for more than 20 years, I’m most familiar with that system, but over the last few years, I have owned or used all the other systems extensively in an effort to reduce my weight and also see where the future lies. In my experience with current cameras in these various formats, any camera with at least 20-megapixel resolution will make great prints up to 20×30-inches or larger, assuming you are shooting at reasonable ISOs with quality lenses and good technique. …

… So how do you decide? With all the sensor formats being so good, I wouldn’t actually make sensor size my No. 1 determining factor when choosing to invest in a system. I would decide how good is good enough in terms of image quality and then look more broadly at the lenses and accessories being offered with the system. …
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Does Camera Sensor Size Matter?
by Josh Miller

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Full-frame mirrorless vs. full-frame DSLR: what’s best?

Full-frame mirrorless vs. full-frame DSLR: what’s best?
Which is better, a traditional full-frame DSLR or the new mirrorless full-frame Canon EOS R System? We asked leading extreme sports photographer and Canon Ambassador Richard Walch for his Canon full-frame comparison.

Richard Walch is one of the world’s most experienced action photographers. He has been using Canon cameras professionally for more than 25 years. Best known for his snow sports and sailing images, Richard works in the most extreme environments on fast-moving shoots where failing to get the shot is not an option. That’s why he chooses the right camera for each job.

“Before I go on each job, I work out which is the perfect camera system for me to take,” he explains. “For full-frame DSLR, Canon has a huge range of bodies and lenses to choose from. I love the rugged quality and the great battery life.”
But Richard is at the top of his game because he is always looking for the edge to take his images to the next level. And right now, for some assignments, that edge is the new technology in the Canon EOS R System and its groundbreaking RF lenses.

“I depend on technology – I see it as supporting what I’m trying to do with my images. The Canon EOS R has definitely earned a place in my bag and is exciting to work with,” Richard says. “Once you get past just checking the spec sheets and start to use the camera, you realise it has features that can move your creativity forward.”

“For me the best images are spontaneous, and the EOS R gives you stunning full-frame quality in a package that’s super portable. But you can’t forget Canon has worked on the EOS DSLR range for 30 years. They are super reliable and built tough. So now I have a choice.”

So how does he choose? What’s the difference between full-frame DSLRs and the mirrorless full-frame EOS R System? From his expert perspective, what benefits does each offer, and when would he use one rather than the other?
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Full-frame mirrorless vs. full-frame DSLR: what’s best?
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Guide d’achat | Reflex 24×36

Guide d’achat | Reflex 24×36
On entre ici dans la catégorie des reflex 24×36, longtemps synonymes de haut de gamme, aujourd’hui de plus en plus abordables avec des tarifs commençant à 1 600 €. Et même si, à ce prix-là, la construction n’est pas encore de niveau pro, on bénéficie déjà d’une qualité d’image supérieure aux APS-C, d’un viseur bien plus large et d’une compatibilité totale avec les objectifs plein format. Voici notre avis sur 10 modèles phares.

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Guide d’achat | Choisir son appareil-photo
à voir dans Réponses-Photo – Décembre 2016

The World’s First Full Frame 35mm f/1.2 Lens

The World’s First Full Frame 35mm f/1.2 Lens

kerlee35KERLEE 1.2/35 lens, specially developed for all lovers of photography, is of high performances featuring large aperture, soft Bokeh effect and rich colors.

kerlee35aKerlee 35mm f/1.2 by dzoptics
The Kerlee 35mm f/1.2 lens by DZOptics was the fastest 35mm full frame lens when it was launched earlier in 2016. It’s a very fast, manual focus lens that boasts outstanding sharpness and soft bokeh at wider apertures. Available in Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony E and Pentax K mount, the lens can also be used on APS-C cameras as well as the full frame model it was designed for.

kerlee35bKerlee is a sub-brand of DZOptics technology co., Ltd. Kerlee’s name originates from the phonetic sound of ‘clear’ – a rather fitting name when you think about the quality of images that this lens produces. The aim was to develop an affordable yet high-quality lens that even amateur photographers could afford, using the best optics available. This, the first lens under the Kerlee name, has been designed specifically with photography enthusiasts in mind.

kerlee35cKerlee 35mm f/1.2 by dzoptics

kerlee35dmore details and review at ephotozine


The DX-format D500 and FX-format D750 battle it out

Who really needs a full-frame D-SLR?
The Big Debate

– You get much more camera for your money – the D500’s specs easily outstrip the D750’s
– DX lenses are smaller, cheaper and lighter to carry around – and you can use FX lenses on DX Nikons too
– The 1.5x ‘crop factor’ makes telephoto lenses effectively 1.5x more powerful
– The smaller DX sensor can’t quite match a full-frame FX sensor for all-round image quality
– The smaller sensor leads to increased depth of field, which can be useful, but can also make beautiful bokeh harder to achieve
– At shorter focal lengths you’ll need to invest in DX lenses, which will be of little use if you upgrade to a full-frame Nikon later

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– The larger sensor area opens the way for higher ISO sensitivities or higher resolution sensors that don’t sacrifice overall quality
– Depth of field is shallower, giving images more spatial depth and attractive background blur
– If you want to turn pro, a full-frame Nikon is best both for quality and pro accessories
– Even an ‘affordable’ FX-format Nikon like the D750 is a pretty expensive purchase
– You’ll need to invest heavily in lenses to exploit the quality potential of the full-frame format
– FX cameras are mostly (not always) bigger and heavier, and not designed for novices or those still learning

d500vsd750bThe DX-format D500 and FX-format D750 battle it out
Issue 63 – Sept 2016

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