Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Full frame or not to full frame, that is the question...

Actually not anymore is there question of using a full frame sensor versus a camera with a crop factor sensor. I am a Nikon shooter and have been since the late 90's starting with the film bodies and transitioning to the digital bodies as well. For sports and other events where I was at distances of 10 feet or greater the cameras with the a crop factor are perfect, especially if the distances were greater than 30 feet then the sensor with the crop factor was the preferred camera of choice (Nikon D2X with a Nikkor 400mm f/2.8 AFS). The problem I have the sensors with the crop factor was evident in images I needed to create that involved subjects less than 10 feet away and usually were within a couple feet of the lens. The ultra-wide angle lenses I needed to use (such as the Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 AFS DX) always created an image distortion of the subjects in the image. So people on the fringes of the frame would have facial expressions that were out of some low-budget science fiction movie. When Nikon announced earlier this year the availability of the full frame Nikon D700 I was salivating and eager to get my hands on a body. I had been at that time contemplating purchasing a Canon 5D and a wide-zoom just so I could have a full frame camera. I know I was not the first in line to pre-order but I put in my order the day the announcement was made and then waited for the next few weeks for the camera to arrive. I have been shooting with the D700 now for about two months and am expecting to post a review of the camera within the next week. And as a heads up once I received the camera I slapped on the Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 G AF-S and the lens has not left the camera body since.

(An ultra-wide lens starts at less than 24mm)

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