Please comment briefly on your thoughts on Nikon's move to offer a full-frame sensor and how it might affect your buying decisions in the future.

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Now that Nikon has announced that it will indeed be coming out with a full-frame sensor DSLR, does a full-frame sensor matter that much to you, or do you feel the current sensor size in DSLRs deliver the goods?
Please comment briefly on your thoughts on Nikon's move to offer a full-frame sensor and how it might affect your buying decisions in the future.
Having a larger sensor size is important to me and I think will make a big difference in image results.
83% (567 votes)
The current so-called APS-C sensor size delivers the goods, and right now the full-frame sensor cameras are way too expensive.
14% (94 votes)
I am unlcear about the differences and need to learn more about this issue.
3% (23 votes)
Total votes: 684
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Terry's picture

I exclusively shoot in RAW - it makes editing much easier and produces better pictures for me.

Bob Niebling's picture

Yes for RAW.

Tony B.'s picture

I was about to buy a Canon 5D but now I think I'll await an FX (full size sensor) Nikon D300 or the equivalent.

Roger Cook's picture

There is no room for error. Shooting without a full-frame you can crop, or adjust.

Tom V.'s picture

My Nikon D200 works great and I cannot justify the cost of upgrading every year or two.

Bill K.'s picture

The thing that ticks me off is, I didn't need thoudsnds of dollars of new dx lens. And if I bought a new full-frame and use a dx lens it becomes half the pixels. That's a deal?

Bob Noel's picture

All else being equal the larger sensor is superior. I am sure they will become more affordable in time.

Brian's picture

It isn't worth the thousands in price difference. I use RAW mode all the time and it does a great job using my 30D.

John in Tampa's picture

I have always favored a full-frame sensor and was ready to switch to Canon. Now I'll wait for the results of the Nikon D3, I have a lot invested in the Nikon system.

Rick Hannon's picture

APS-C bother me at first but having a few years of using cameras with with smaller sensor I find that having a full size sensor isn't such a big deal.

Alan J.  Ecklof's picture

The FX sensor is good for wide angle photographers. It makes the rest of us buy longer lenses to compensate for the 1.5 factor not in the FX sensor. A DX sensor on a high quality camera gives high quality results. I don't see much of a need for live view on the monitor since a camera that heavy would be difficult to hold away from your eye to take a picture. If it were an articulating monitor it would be far more useful for high/low perspective shots.

Tom McElvy's picture

I believe taht I will end up using a full-frame sensor camera like the 1Ds Mark III for stock and critical work, but for everyday routine photography, my 40D works superbly.

Ronnie's picture

My Nikon D200 is just about perfect. I don't really see how any results can be improved. I get perfect pictures every time.

Raimon Argemi's picture

Yes. Size matters. I'm just waiting for a less expensive, D400(?) size, full-frame camera to jump from APS-C to full-frame. Will Nikon do it soon?

Speedball 's picture

Full-frame promises less noise with more megapixel, but is still too pricey. I will still need a medium format to get the quality I want but an SLR with 16Mpxls++ is adequate when mobility speed and weight are important to getting the picture at all.

Terry Scott Reed's picture

The megapixel race is winding down. This is the next frontier of marketing. Don't buy lenses made for APS-C!!

Barry Benjamin's picture

I would like to have a full-frame sensor. They are too expensive and I will wait until the price comes down.

Diane Chenault's picture

As a wildlife shooter I love the 1.5 digital factor that Nikon offers. However, there are wedding photograpers, landscape photograpers, etc that love the full sensor. Nikon offers both the 1.5 in the new D300 - which is an awesome camera. It is so good I had to get 2, replaceing my D2Xs & D200. And now Nikon has the full sensor too in the D3.

H.  Mark Macha's picture

For the moment full frame sensor is more about continuity from old to new rather than image results. It provides a more viable bridge from film to digital that the APS-C size because an entire lens selection can be carried to digital. Not everyone has switched to digital and it will allow those still using film to concurrently move into digital. Full-frame may further promote the transition to digital by allowing film to be more easily used as a backup to a digital primary camera. As far as image results for full sensor vs APS-C: there probably is not yet a quality difference between the two given similar pixel sensors but a larger sensor structure to work with should give engineers the potential to enhance image fidelity in future sensor generations. For mem full sensor is an evolution not a revolution, a continuum not the quantum change produced by APS-C. It provides a bridge to digital not the APS-C leap into digital.

Tuck 's picture

I have a full-frame sensor and a 1.6 sensor camera. With the full frame, my 24mm-105mm gives all the coverage I need, not so on the 1.6.

George Klein's picture

My main interest is landscape photography, where a 35mm sensor size is a definite advantage, since there is no magnification factor to deal with when composing an image.

Lauren MacIntosh's picture

To me the full-frame would be nice, but its a status symbol at this time and thats all. Because if you know what you want to shot, you have many lenses that can help you get the photos you want to get.

Joe Dlhopolsky's picture

I thought that I would regret not having a full-size sensor until I saw the quality coming from the APS-C size sensors. I often shoot wildlife, so the magnification factor is welcome. The smaller sensor also evades the lens edge effects. I would only go to full size if I chose to move into what would have been large format film cameras, which I am not.

Alan Duretz's picture

Too new to make a final opinion. Once I can compare the use of the full-frame sensor to the now "old" APS, then we will all have an opinion.

Howard Goldberg's picture

Smaller sensors are merely a crop of what the standard lens is capable of and not a multiplyer as is often suggested. Furthermore, the full size sensor provides the opportunity to have less noise and greater color definition due to the larger size separation of the pixel sites.

Harry Lavo's picture

But, if and when the Nikon offers the picture quality of the D3 in a D300-priced DSLR, I will probably buy it.

Mike Crowe's picture

I am, still, shooting film, then scan and E-processing. However the larger-size sensor will result in me purchasing a second-generation 35mm-size DSLR. I prefer having 'hard' film in my hanging folders and that, alone, keeps me shooting film.

Keith Trumbo's picture

Having been a Photographer for many years a full-frame camera is of the highest priority. The MM of lenses are imprinted in my brain and smaller sensors totally throw off my way of 'seeing'.

Jim Sipos's picture

I am quite satisfied with my Nikon D70 with its APS-C size sensor.

Bob Hulse's picture

Traded in my Canon 1Ds for the 1D Mark III. I am Happy!