Please briefly describe your purchasing decision when shopping for a DSLR?

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With Nikon's recent announcement of a "full frame" DSLR, do you think that we are beginning to see a break between advanaced amateur and "pro" DSLRs based upon sensor size? If so, how does this affect your purchasing decision when shopping for a DSLR?
Please briefly describe your purchasing decision when shopping for a DSLR?
No, it makes no difference--as long as I have enough resolution (megapixels) to get the images I want.
71% (291 votes)
Yes, I will look forward to getting a "full frame" sensor DSLRs.
6% (26 votes)
I would prefer working with a full frame DSLR, but only if prices come way down.
23% (93 votes)
Total votes: 410
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Jose Perez's picture

Two of Canons full frame sensor cameras have issues with static charge buildup. There have been complaints about needing to clean the sensors because the static charge attracts dust(which requires them to be sent to the factory for this service). I hope Nikon's full sensor models don't have this issue. I am very happy with my Nikon D80. I see no reason to pay more for the full sensor model camera and then spend even more on the new lens for them. Check out the prices on the new FX model lens. Too much.

Luca Diana's picture

No reason to get rid of my collection of Digital Only lenses. Non-full size frame cameras as very good.

George Couch's picture

Full frame sensors are inevitable. My major concern in todays market is price. But why the seperation between pro and amateur. Thirty years ago both amateurs and pros bought the same cameras. What's changed since then?

Chuck Bruton's picture

I would prefer full frame, but for the price I'll settle for what I have.

Carl Quattrocchi's picture

Why are Nikon cameras more money than Canon?

Phil's picture

There is still a lot of DX glass out there that takes great pictures. For example the 10.5mm f/2.8.

RM Boggy's picture

Sports and wildlife photographs will always prefer 1.5 + DC lenses while most others will want the extra 30-40% resolve of Full Frame.

Dan Lawrence's picture

Enough of the one upman ship, quality, resolution and depth otherwise we might as well go to Staples and buy our next Casio 10meg.

KVS Setty's picture

I prefer a FX format sensor DLSR because the photosites are definitely are going to be bigger for a given megapixels compared to DX format or 4/3 format, providing wider dyanmic range and low noise images even at higher ISO's.

Jim's picture

With all the worries about light falloff toward the edges of frame using full-frame sensors, what can the average user expect from such a camera? Will more availability of full-frame cameras result in yet another development and buying frenzy as manufacturers dust off old lenses that worked great on 35mm film cameras to be marketed to newer users who've only used "digital-only" lenses? Sounds great for the camera/lens makers; sounds bad for consumers (excluding professionals of course).

R.  McCowen's picture

There are advantages to both sensor sizes (APS-C and full). Each photographer should choose the best and proper equipment to fit their shooting needs.

Paul's picture

I believe crop factor cameras definetly have a pro appeal for tele shooters.

James Palis's picture

The increased low light capability and dynamic range of the full frme chip are vary enticing....

Ihtzaz Qamar's picture

A cheap model like manual focus ,manual exposure, no scene modes, pure raw and jpeg, and very little in-camera processing etc. Just the very very basic body (and cheap) would be perfect for me!

Bob Noel's picture

Some amateur's will buy the pro model despite the price. I think there has always been a price break regardless of sensor size. I will go from my D200 to a D300 but I simply can't afford a D3 even though it has a bigger sensor. It's called a budget.

Richard Fisher's picture

As a long time film user, I look forward to using the new Nikon D3.

David Veal's picture

When will we ever see pre-cut mats that match the digital format? This worries me more for some reason.

Pierre Paul Benedetti's picture

I am used to 35mm for more than fifty years and almost all my lenses are for said format. Beside that, I don't have any sound reason to enter into the 35mm digital format.

Marc Bellefontaine's picture

I think in the next couple years we will see both the semi pro and pro cameras with full frame sensors. Although the consumer DSLR (such an the Nikon D80 and Canon Rebel) will still have DX sensors for some time.

Jeff's picture

I shoot with a Canon XT and I'm happy with the images I produce. I'm looking into buying a second body and spending the real money on lens!

Frank Field's picture

The announcement of the D3 full-frame DSLR will kill the sales of DX lenses. I'll place my bets on lenses that work both full frame and DX-format.

Brian M.  Casey's picture

This is a break through and will fully grasp the capability of digital. This is a step in the right direction. Full frame vs cropped is the same reason for shooting bigger format in the film world. APC-S film was not professional why should that size sensor be. Having FF with high speed is a benchmark in professional photography.

Ronald R.  McCullah's picture

Pricing is an issue for me now. I like Nikon products. I want to get the best product that I can within my budget.

Barry Novak's picture

The proof is in the print! It's not the sensor size, nor the megapixals, it's the system that gets the image from the field to the final media. Quality camera and lens along with quality post processing and finally a quality printer. Oh ya, good subject matter helps.

Richard A.  Auchter's picture

I look for the ratio of how much "bang for my buck" I get from a camera. Even though I use my D-200 more, my D-70 still takes great photos and has a place in my camera stable. I think that I would tend more toward placing any extra $$ into more lenses and lighting.

Mark D.'s picture

The APS sensor cameras meet my needs, and as long as they and their lenses are smaller, lighter, and less expensive, I see no reason to go to a full-frame body.

Mike's picture

I have a 'brace of Nikkor glass, from 20mm through 300mm AFIS lenses and analog Nikon camera bodies (F-3's and FE-2) that constitute a major investments on my part, especially the Nikkor optics. I shoot film, commercial film processing, then scan the 35mm slides, then process the E-images to print or display. The pricing of replacement Nikon DSR full-frame bodies and DSLR accessories will have to come way down before I moth-ball my F-3's, FE-2's, and a old "tank" Nikkormat EL, all of which have proven virtually 'bullet-proof' with hard use.

John Denk's picture

I prefer the APS format and the effective increase in lens focal length. My 18-70mm zoom gives me an effective 27mm at the wide end, which is good enough for what I shoot, so the loss of ultra-wide lenses isn't a factor for me.

Speedball's picture

Prices always come down and features go up for this type of consumer item. Someday the typical point and shoot will be 33 megapixel with a 20-400mm f/1.4 lens ISO 10-64000, and cost under $300 and weigh 6 ounces.

LLW's picture

Full frame has its place but there are issues with certain lenses.