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The Trade-Off

For all you photo-buffs and pros, here’s something to think about when you upgrade to a camera with a full-frame sensor: your 70-200mm lens is not a 105-300mm anymore.

When I was shooting contests last year with my Nikon D200, the sensor multiplication factor was 1.5. Now that I am shooting contests with my two Canon 40D’s, the factor is now 1.6.

Cameras with full-frame sensors will give you a true lens reading: you get exactly what your lens focal length is set at.

Here at the National Championships, the stage was set way back; probably the farthest away from the press pit us photogs have ever been except for Olympia. Fellow photogs who were using the new Nikon D3 were only filling up the frame about 75% with a 70-200mm lens set at 200mm. I was filling up the frame at 200mm with my 70-200mm on my Canon 40D.

Be careful what you wish for (a new camera) or bring bigger lenses if have a camera with a full-frame sensor. The other solution is to use an extender. I have a Canon Extender EF 1.4x II that I will probably use to get some nice tight shots at the finals tonight. This is something I will have to contend with when I upgrade my cameras for the 2009 season. Happy shooting!

Posted from Roland’s iPhone @ 5:30 pm.

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