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.

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

Russ Sleyster's picture

If you want to control depth-of-field (e.g., everything but subject out of focus) you've got to have a full-size sensor. There is no equivalent for a real 50mm, f1.4, treatment of depth-of- field in the smaller sized sensors. This goes back to the Mercury II, 35mm half-frame camera. even wide open, everything was always in focus because of the small image area and the short focal length lenses.

Hal Muhrlein's picture

I find my D200 with top of the line Nikkon lenses gives outstanding results. I have no need for a full frame sensor.

Jerry R.  Wiese's picture

I think Nikon is "today's" leader in technology. The new D3's ability to mask the viewfinder when aps-c lenses are installed is a wonder & shows their commitment to the photographer!

Vern Rogers's picture

The D2x and other such cameras have already proven that APS sized sensors deliver. One can get wide angle lenses as wide as they want, and 35mm lenses are used to the best advantage by cropping the edges. Why should we be forced to adopt the exact dimensions of a 35mm frame size, when it was just an arbitrary choice by Barnack based on film available, etc. There is nothing sacred about the 35mm format. I use both 35mm SLR's and APS sized digital SLR's. The advantages of the smaller sensor outweigh any negatives, as few as they may be. This makes only three full-frame cameras out of all those produced. This doesn't tell me there's an overwhelming demand. It is basically a few loud voices making all the noise, and they have choices available. So why make such a big issue out of it all? Seems to me that a few photo magazine writers have been the loudest voices.

Barry Ober's picture

It only matters as far as we "learned" the focal lengths and the associated DOF issues based on format size. I suppose only the end results matter. It's no different than comprehending what a 75 mm lens will do on a real 35 mm film size vs a 2-1/4 film size.

Steven Jenkins's picture

I use Canon, so I simply am waiting for the cost of the 5D to come down. Nikon may or may not succeed with a full-frame camera. Remember the lesson of the inventor of digital photography, Kodak?

Chris Lynn's picture

Sounds like a nice idea but it sounds more like a professsional application, like a replace for the medium format.

Dennis Walton's picture

I appreciate the "full use" of my wide angle lenses and the better image quality afforded by the "full-frame"" sensor size.

Al Reiner's picture

I will buy eventually when prices become affordable.

Joe's picture

Having 1.5 magnification advantage for zoom lense more than offsets need for full frame.

Juan J.  Leal's picture

The idea of a larger sensor is appealing. However, it seems for the masses, the smaller sensor, since less expensive, is more affordable at this time. Larger sensors will be the norm in the future, in my opinion!

Jeff's picture

I shoot with Canon APS-C bodies and don't see the need to go full-frame. I do see some advantages in full frame but I have no plans to switch ant time soon.

Jean-Yves Bourdages's picture

If we look at the medium format we know it will cost a bundle. Better to go to medium format then.

Charlie C.'s picture

I can't get excited about sensor size, it seems a simple matter to me to simply adjust my photo subject within the perameters of my camera's sensor and plan accordingly.

Roland's picture

Its always been true. Bigger is better. Nikons marketing strategy of pricing their full size image sensor cameras at an astronomical point above their APS-C cameras should be a clue. But at the same time they make the APS-C SLRs cost about the same as a Cannon D5 full frame sensor camera. This must be an attempt to imply that APS-C is just about as good as a camera with a full frame sensor. If thats so, why is their large sensor camera so pricey? They are basically talking out of both sides of their mouths in order to get extra profits out of a dying format.