Crop or Full-Frame?
Since I got a new camera I thought to tell you something about it. It is the Nikon D750, a full-frame camera. I have been shooting bald eagles lately to test it out. These two images show the camera’s sharpness, especially being handheld. The original image is below.
Which to consider when buying a new camera, a full-frame or crop sensor camera? The decision should be based on your needs and goals. My needs are nature, birds, macro, and landscape. A full-frame camera is perfect for my wide-angle lens and landscape shots. But is it good for my bird photography?
You might know that a full-frame camera will take an image the size of a 35mm camera or 36 x 24mm. A Nikon crop-sensor camera is 23.6 x 15.7mm. My D7000 is a crop-sensor camera. My tiny Nikon P510 has an even smaller sensor, 6.17 x 4.55 mm., and it too is a fine camera.
A full-frame camera has the ability to produce a higher quality image. With full-frame, a larger portion of a scene is captured, but the 1.5 crop factor in Nikon’s DX line “magnifies” the output of the lens used. A 400mm lens becomes a 600mm output. In bird photography, that can be a real benefit.
So why did I get a full-frame camera? When I need the crop-sensor “magnification” (actually aspect ratio technically speaking), I still can get it from this camera. When I shot the eagles, I had the camera in crop-mode of 1.2x much of the time which gave my 400mm lens the little extra distance needed.
Until I can afford a 600mm lens for my bird photography, I will shoot most birds in crop-mode. The smaller file size, more shots in the buffer and faster speed, makes crop-mode very useful. The camera takes sharp photos, so it really is nice to have the best of both worlds. One can always crop an image after it is shot like I did above.
On Nature and Wildlife Pics, I have a post on something a professional photographer posted recently. It really made me scratch my head.