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Canon's new digital SLR has a "full frame" sensor that covers just like a frame of 35mm film. Does having a full frame sensor versus an APS-C size sensor affect your digital SLR purchasing decisions?
Please comment briefly on this issue.
Yes, I see the difference and want to use my 35mm lenses without the multiplication factor on my digital SLR.
70% (235 votes)
No, I think the full frame and APS-C sensor makes no difference.
18% (61 votes)
I'm not sure of the benefits of having a full frame sensor versus an APS-C size sensor in my digital SLR.
12% (41 votes)
Total votes: 337
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Warren Grubb's picture

Size does make a difference.

Keith Smith's picture

The multiplication factor of my 10D is great for zooming in. However, the increased quality of the larger sensor would also be very usable.

Stephan's picture

I do wideangle photography with an Alpa and XPanII more than anything else, a full frame sensor gives me the opportunity to come somewhat closer to analog quality in this area.

Bob Morgan's picture

I am using a DSLR with an APS-C sensor and frankly find the mulitplication factor such sensors impose on telephoto lenses highly useful.I've regained wide angle capability by purchasing a 12-24 mm zoom and now have a system with a focal length range from 18 to 600 mm.

Juan M.  Guillen's picture

Definitly YES. I own a Nikon D70 and I want a 35mm sensor in my next DSLR body. If Nikon will not deliver, I will move to Canon. And I've been a faithfull "nikonian" since the mid seventies.

Art W.'s picture

I use Nikon film & digital SLR's & wish they'd come out with a full size 35mm equivalent sensor as well. It's great if you use long lenses, but for wide angle stuff it's for the birds!

Stephen's picture

If you already have lots of good lens in your kit and need to large number of pixles go full frame. Otherwise go APS-C.

Christian Noval's picture

Fullframe contra APS-C size sensors are much better in regard to the noise level and less expensive lenses, since your wideangle still is a wideangle with a full size sensor.

Ronk's picture

I shot 35mm with my Olympus OM system and there was never a digital that used them. This freed me to make a choice based entirely on the new technology. I bought into the digital specific lenses of the E system and have been a very happy camper.

Clint Bersuch's picture

There are pros and cons to each type of sensor. The biggest issue for me continues to be cost. The new Canon 5D is predicted to have a street price in excess of $3000. Digital SLR prices need to come down significantly before I will buy one.

Gabriel Wynkoop's picture

I'm actually surprized it's taking so long for full frame to filter down this far. Given the choice, full frame would make or brake a purchase for me. APS-C is great for telephoto, but the higher res full frame image is crop-able to achieve the same affect (with 20D res). It's much easier to take away from than to add on to. All in all, I consider full frame to be a much more versatile format.

Bill Caulfeild-Browne's picture

Really need full frame for wide angle lenses.

Michael Ligosh's picture

I own a Nikon D100 and find the smaller sensor a limiting factor quite frequently. This is a big reason I have been considering switching from Nikon to Canon.

Mel Reimer's picture

As an owner of an important set of EOS lenses, I welcome such a development.

Saleem Hodge's picture

Although I am an infant too photography, I don't see the overall benifit to paying $3500 for a slower camera that has a "full frame" sensor. I currently own a 20D and am looking into getting the 1Dn. Now what I think would have really turned the world of photography on its head would have been if Canon put the "full frame" sensor on the 1Dn. Wow 12 meaga pixels and 45/22 burst and 8.5 frames a second.

James's picture

The APS-C actually has some appeal when shooting for enlargment. By having the 1.6X magnification you can use a smaller lens to get closer.

Cornell Tramontana's picture

If I understand this subject correctly, this would mean that a 75-300 zoom would be the same regardless of whether you are using a DSLR or a film SLR - as opposed to having a 1.6 factor, such as with the Canon 20D which converts a 75 -300 mm lens to the equivalent of a 120 - 480 lens. A "full frame" sensor for a DSLR negates the reason for spending mega bucks for DSLR's. An important reason for buying a DSLR is so that you can get away with a smaller focal length and therefore a lighter lens than you would need for a film SLR.

Artur Cosmita's picture

Full Frame is still too pricey. Smaller sensor = smaller lenses (and cameras).

Gus Perales's picture

Because of the full size CMOS sensor on the new Canon D5. I might just trade in my Nikon D70 system.

Andrew Pike's picture

If/when I switch from film, a full fram sensor will be a must. I don't want to sink cash into buying "digital specific" lenses to replace the wide angles I already have.

Robin W.'s picture

I actually think that the APS-C sensor is a disadvantage because of the multiplication factor because it restricts the field of view at the telephoto end.

Bowlmar's picture

I own Canon. The first to provide (Nikon or Canon)a full frame SLR for under $2000 will get my business. If it is Nikon, I'll wait 4 months to see if Canon acts. If not, I'll sell my gear and switch to Nikon. If Canon, then I'll simply buy the body, and enjoy my lenses.

Paul Roszkowski's picture

I enjoy not having to crop my photos to fit a normal 8 x 10. The problem is my current lens selection forces me into an APS-C sensor.

John Lambeth's picture

I worry about edge distortion with full-frame sensors combined with certain lenses.

Tony Winter's picture

Even if the full frame sensor does give better results, it's too expensive at the moment, and I've had such poor service in the past that I would never buy another Canon.

Jules Beland's picture

You can expect that the performance and lens characteristics of the DX format will outway the wide angle and 3200 ISO advantage of the full frame. Same reason why the present digital medium format sales are horible. There is simply no practical advantage unless your printing on huge paper and what percentage of photographers (including pros) do this. Ever look through the finder on a D2X. It is as good or better than any full frame Canon DSLR. The full frame is a "I have it and you dont" marketing item. Kudos to Canon for using it. Go out and try a 12-24 or 10-24 wide angle zoom on a Canon or Nikon DX format system and advise the world what it is that is comprimised.

Keith Thomas's picture

I like wide angle lenses, so it definitely makes a difference.

Daniel Scheinhaus's picture

I presume that a full frame sensor is larger than an APS-C size sensor which would make it less likely to produce noise. In addition wide-angle lenses likely remain as wide as they say they are. On the other hand, the APS-C sensor enables telephoto lenses to be "more telephoto". I conclude that what kinds of shooting you primarily do will influence your decision about what to buy. However, if you love your shooting and want to be able to do the best of all kinds of shooting, you'll want both kinds of cameras and a large inheritance.

Chuck Wilson's picture

My Digital Rebel does a great job. I like the multiplication factor for the long lenses, and there are plenty of wide-angle choices today.

John E.  Keller's picture

As a photographer who uses both film and digital equipment, and uses predominately prime lenses, this was a major factor in my choice of the Kodak DCS Pro 14n. For photographers who use zooms, this will be of less importance, and for those who shoot only digital, it won't even be considered.