How much better is Full-Frame really?

Discussion in 'Photography Equipment & Products' started by Neil S., Jul 30, 2010.

  1. Neil S.

    Neil S. TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2010
    Messages:
    1,128
    Likes Received:
    21
    Location:
    Japan
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    I have never owned a full-frame DSLR, and wanted to know how much of a difference there is vs. crop bodies.

    The benefits as I understand it are improved Iso performance, and generally higher resolution.

    Are there any others?

    If I can afford it, the 5D mk III sounds like it would be a good upgrade for me when it comes out.

    I don't really shoot sports/action much by the way.
     
  2. oldmacman

    oldmacman TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2010
    Messages:
    1,597
    Likes Received:
    70
    Location:
    Southern Ontario
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    I can honestly say that the step from my 5D mk I to the mk II was the most dramatic difference in an upgrade I have ever made. I do like having a crop body for sports or birding. I find you get better results with the 1.6x FOV on a camera like the 50D vs cropping to the same level on the FF. I take more landscape shots anyway, so I like being able to eke out every last pixel in my shots. Don't be fooled by what you see on screen. The level of detail in a print far exceeds what shows up on your computer. I love when I send a print out for processing and am "wowed" by the sharpness and clarity of the shot. I recently had a 24x36 made and you can get right up to it and not pick up any noise.

    You can realistically use shots with ISO set as high as 3200. I have had decent shots at 6400 with some PP.
     
  3. freeze3kgt

    freeze3kgt TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2010
    Messages:
    213
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    St. Louis Area
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    I have a d90 and a d700 and the full frame is just amazing in low lights compared to the d90, when you have good lighting they both have fantastic pictures but the low light capability of the full frames compared to the crop was the biggest selling point for me
     
  4. Robin Usagani

    Robin Usagani Been spending a lot of time on here!

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2010
    Messages:
    10,348
    Likes Received:
    2,174
    Location:
    Denver, CO
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Do it Neil San!!! When you do.. you can send the 10-20mm my way because you cant use it no more ;)
     
  5. Neil S.

    Neil S. TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2010
    Messages:
    1,128
    Likes Received:
    21
    Location:
    Japan
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Thanks for your input. I really appreciate it. :thumbup:

    Ya this is what I was thinking too.

    I wouldnt even consider it until the 5D mk III comes out though.
     
  6. Neil S.

    Neil S. TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2010
    Messages:
    1,128
    Likes Received:
    21
    Location:
    Japan
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    LOL Schewtty....

    If you edit enough of my photos, I may just do that someday.

    Wouldnt wou rather have the 17-55 2.8 though? I know I would.
     
  7. shaunly

    shaunly TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2009
    Messages:
    575
    Likes Received:
    6
    Location:
    Orange County, CA
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    The ISO only is worth it! To be able to shoot on any lighting and not have to worry is a blessing. Coming a d90 to a d700 my images just pop more now. If you don't need the speed then the 5d is perfect for you. I'd say make the switchnow cause, honestly what more can you ask from the 5dmk2? It already has great resolution and iso level plus the best DSLR video (if your into that).
     
  8. Neil S.

    Neil S. TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2010
    Messages:
    1,128
    Likes Received:
    21
    Location:
    Japan
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Ya I hear that the lower noise is quite obvious, this is a pretty important thing to me because I love low light shots. :thumbup:
     
  9. Neil S.

    Neil S. TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2010
    Messages:
    1,128
    Likes Received:
    21
    Location:
    Japan
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    I want to wait for the 5D mk III though, because I just bought my 7D, and I am a bit short on money atm.

    I am really hoping Canon will really WOW me with some kind of massive improvement to their metering system for it.

    I bet that the video on the mk III will be much better too.
     
  10. Robin Usagani

    Robin Usagani Been spending a lot of time on here!

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2010
    Messages:
    10,348
    Likes Received:
    2,174
    Location:
    Denver, CO
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    the 17-55 you will use that instead for the full frame for wide angle. It is not an EF-S lens is it? Yes.. I will be your photo editor whore if you send it to me ;)
     
  11. Neil S.

    Neil S. TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2010
    Messages:
    1,128
    Likes Received:
    21
    Location:
    Japan
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    The 17-55 is an EF-S ya.

    Look it up, its an interesting lens. In image quality it is close to L glass standards, the build quality isnt though. It has UD elements, which are very uncommon for non L glass I believe.

    No lol, you got to edit a lot 1st and then Ill send it to you. Got to earn it. :mrgreen:
     
  12. Robin Usagani

    Robin Usagani Been spending a lot of time on here!

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2010
    Messages:
    10,348
    Likes Received:
    2,174
    Location:
    Denver, CO
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Ok.. 10-20mm AND 17-55mm it is :). You want six pack on your abs? You want more hair? bigger guns? Just tell me ;)
     

Share This Page

Search tags for this page
full frame better in low light
,
full frame worth it
,
how much better is a full frame
,
how much better is a full frame camera
,
how much better is a full frame sensor
,

how much better is full frame

,
is full frame better
,
is full frame really better
,
why is full frame better
,
why is full frame better in low light