Any Advantage to Full Frame?

Started Aug 26, 2014 | Questions thread
LMCasey Contributing Member • Posts: 842
Re: Any Advantage to Full Frame?

Of course there is an advantage to FF. The question is whether you need the capabilities. You really should read an article on "equivalence" to understand them. One advantage that has been mentioned already is dynamic range, which is related to sensor size. You get a one stop advantage in DR with FF. Also, you say that you get shorter DOF with FF, but that's only if you decide to use the same aperture. Since this is also a one stop difference, simply use one stop smaller aperture, and one stop faster ISO, and you have equivalence, but you retain the capability for shorter DOF if using the larger aperture. The only time you could be at a disadvantage with FF is if your FF camera has a lower pixel density than the APS camera you are comparing to (and if you buy a flavor of D800, there's no chance of that at present). The true disadvantage  of FF is the cost. Bodies are more expensive, and lenses are more expensive. The truth about DX lenses though is that they are usually somewhat lower quality than FF lenses (that's why the DX lenses are also less expensive). You tend to get what you pay for; with FF you pay a premium for benefits that may or may not have a pay off for you.

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