D800 crop mode

Started Jun 24, 2014 | Discussions thread
AllOtherNamesTaken Veteran Member • Posts: 3,563
Re: Hassle Factor

Robin Casady wrote:

AllOtherNamesTaken wrote:

KSV wrote:

pxlwz wrote:

KSV wrote:

Your guess is right and IMHO cropped mode useless to start with - one always can crop in PP and can for example achieve 1:1 ratio without loosing sides.

Actually, I use the crop mode quite a bit in the studio, where I can't not go in any closer, if I need everything in focus. For example a beer glass. The only alternative for FF would be focus stacking, which takes a lot longer, and clients don't usually want to pay extra.

DX crop mode is absolutely useful for me!

Markus

My point was that you always can do cropping in PP and do it better. So why I need to trow away at shooting time something that I could use? For sake of few megabytes? Nah - memory is so cheap today that it simply not worth to save.

It's not about the storage, it's about the hassle. Let's say you shot 3,000 images at an air show. Do you want to individually crop every 3,000 images, or would you rather frame the 'crop' at the time of the shot with DX mode or 1.2 crop mode? I would take the latter any day of the week.

In the past, it wasn't that useful on the 12MP sensors, but now with 24MP and especially 36MP, you basically have 3 cameras in one with the FF, 1.2 crop, and DX crop modes. Certainly nice to have the option.

Do you print or post all 3,000 images? Wouldn't you go through them and pick the cherries? Cropping the cherries shouldn't be that big a deal.

Shooting FX allows you the option of improving the composition if you didn't quite frame it perfectly in the heat of shooting.

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I definitely realize the advantages to cropping in post, however yes, in some cases of those 3,000 images I am left with hundreds of "cherry picked" images, which is a lot to go through and crop.  I use both, personally.  If I am shooting a ton, I use crop mode, if not, I use FF regardless.  Nice to have options :-).  Most of the time I just use FF.

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