I recently upgraded my camera to a full frame sensor, so began an unexpected, exiting and scary journey. I need to learn how to see the photograph again.
In 2004, I began my digital photography journey with an HP Point and shoot, before that I was on film. However, my photography journey began when I was given a Minolta Pocket Autopak 450E Rangefinder for my 12th birthday and I began to snap away. Many years later I loaned my mother’s Nikkormat FTN SLR and finally bought my own Minolta Dynax 500si. The latter has auto-focus, TTL, automatic programmes and a popup flash like modern DSLRs. You may ask what this has to do with “seeing the photograph”, my first DSLR was a Canon EOS 300D and mostly because I came from a digital point an shoot I did not notice the differences caused by the 1.6 crop sensor but I understood the camera’s technical aspect because I had an SLR cameras before. The switch to a crop sensor was seamless, besides at the time like many I shot mostly in automatic or program mode. It was 2004 and I shoot mostly wildlife.
Fast forward to 2012, after a long line of 1.6 cropped sensor cameras I now have a full sensor camera and my photographic life has just got a little more interesting. I have difficulty seeing the photograph, the framing has changed dramatically. Over the past 8 years I have learned, to the point of becoming second nature, to frame with a cropped sensor. I knew that at 16mm, without looking through the viewfinder I would have a defined result. Sure over the past 8 years the technology helped me to get better photographs through better sensors, auto-focus, … But I had a constant the “frame” was the same. This has changed! And so I embark on a new photography journey where the unexpected is not my new standard, where I need to learn how to see the photograph trough the viewfinder again.
|1.6 Crop vs. full sensors|
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|Camera: CANON EOS 7D
Focal length: 24 mm
|Camera: CANON EOS 5D MkIII BETA
Focal length: 24 mm
There are other noticeable differences, I originally thought these where limited to the Canon 5D MkIII and that I was fantasizing or dreaming but having used a MkII for a week this was dispelled. There is something else, colour rendition and depth of field feel different too. The whole photographic experience has changed, but I will address the technical aspect with examples in another post.