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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Tom Keough's picture

I held off buying into digital, waiting for Nikon to match Canon's sensor size. Finally I broke down and bought Nikons and lenses. Now I'm upset that they've introduced the nearly 35mm size format. Since I sold my 35 gear, now I'll buy Canon digital and lenses.

Lavar R.  Mathena's picture

I am very happy with my D200 and when something new comes out I always think what can they do next. When I bought my D70 I thought I was in heaven. Now that I have a D200 I just can't see anything better. When does it stop.

Lawrence G.  Sobczak's picture

I have a bag load of prime lenses for 35mm. I am NOT going to rebuy all new lenses for an APS camera.

C.  Kelley's picture

Have a Canon 5D and would never go back to the APS sized sensor.

David's picture

For the type of photography I do the APS-C sensor is fine. I shoot DSLR digital and 35 as well as 4x5. Full sized sensor cameras are too expensive right now for me, even the Canon 5D with the lower prices.

F.  Field's picture

Full-frame certainly is advantageous on the wide-end. Too, Nikon has thrown a lot of doubt into where they are going from here. From a buying perspective, I will be unlikely to buy Nikon DX lenses - not wanting to get "stuck" with a lens that is limited to DX format cameras.

Michael DelRossi's picture

I think Nikon must keep in-line with what it is doing -- market share dictates tha larger sensors do not mean better images. What Nikon has to do is stop playing patsie to Canon, come out with a digital consumer camera in the 20mp range to shut Canon down period.

Joel Gilgoff's picture

I have had the Canon 5D - sold it and purchased the 40D. It has more fearures abd in my opinion takes better images. I also saved money and weight on my telephoto lens - the 70-200mm works really well.

Jon Williams III's picture

There is a tremendous difference in resolution and dynamic range in larger sensor sizes. As technology moves on and costs drop, full size sensors will be the norm.

Phil C.'s picture

My D80 seems to work just fine. I'll stick with it for a few years and see what happens.

John T.  Marsh's picture

Full-frame misses the point. It is an attempt to use old style (film) lenses on digital sensors. It appears only really good and really expensive lenses will work. I prefer optimized digital such as Olympus 4:3 which designs superior, but less expensive optimized digital lenses. Of course APS-C also has excellent optimized digital lenses too.

Drew Keith's picture

Full-frame sensors mean larger heavier bodies and lenses. This is not for me. As technology progresses APS-C and 4/3's will be more than adequate, with a more compact size and less weight.

Joseph Graf's picture

The laws of physics have not been altered. Stuffing too many sensor sites onto an itty bitty surface will always produce more chromatic aberration and noise.

Mark Stevenson's picture

How good is good enough? Any limitations in the quality of image I produce with my D200 are the fault of the photograper, not the camera.

Teri Soares's picture

The smaller sensors increase DOF, which in many cases is undesirable. I have a full size and 2 aps size sensors and have not found a case where the full size is not superior.

Robert Wade's picture

I look forward to my lenses performing as they would on a 35mm film camera. The larger sensor will either have more pixels or larger pixels. I like Nikon's approach of using larger pixels, which provide benefits in terms of dynamic range and low noise.

Elodie Sandford's picture

Even though I am a Canon user, a full-frame sensor is critical and I believe that Nikon will benefit from having one in their camera line.

Mike Booth's picture

Using a tripod and being careful, I can get 30" x 20" posters from my Nikon D200. Even when I was using Bronica medium format I only went to 40" x 30" on one occasion.

Steve Smith's picture

Full frame matters when I shoot wide angle and that is why I bought one.

Jay Mark's picture

As a photographer who routinely uses wide-angle lenses, a full-frame imager is critical to getting the full potential from my lenses.

Alex Amengual's picture

This depends very much on your needs and there is a place for each sensor size in the market. For me, the ability to retain the image qualities of full-frame are critical and I am happy the pay a higher price for it.

Walt Callahan's picture

The larger sensor is better, but not worth the additional cost.

Joe Eder's picture

Doing mainly low light work, the larger sensor should be more sensitive and offer reduced color noise. But I will wait until prices reach today's prosumer DSLR pricing.

Ronald McCullah's picture

Pricing is the issue right now. I would like to read the differences in the sensor sizes before I make a decision.

Mark D.'s picture

Now that I have a full range of lenses for the APS-C sensor cameras there's no need for a full-frame camera.

Dennis Gregg's picture

After converting to the digital wide angles to accomidate Nikon, I don't think its worth it to buy a more expensive body and re-purchase the old lenses I sold. Nikon should have introduced a full-frame sooner.

Marcus Reidenberg's picture

A larger sensor with larger, not more, pixels to lower noise at low light and give short focal length lenses the full view would be valuable to me. Price would also affect my decision to purchase.

Rob's picture

I believe full-frame sensors will lead us into a new and better era of photography.

Stephanie Berns's picture

The full-frame sensor is very important to me and it is also too expensive. That is part of the reason I am still shooting with film.

Chuck Bruton's picture

I have a Canon 30D, and I'm satisfied with it, but I always want the one that's better, the 5D. I find my cropping sometimes needs adjustment. Basically I can be happy with the APS-C sensor, although I may be less clear about the difference as I thought.