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Automotive Photography - FF or crop?

 
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Jun 21, 2013 00:33 |  #1

Hi there,

I was wondering what you recommend for automotive photography and why? What are the advantages of FF vs. crop sensor?

Thanks for answers :)

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Jun 21, 2013 00:47 |  #2

It won't make any difference if you can't compose and light a photo to make it more compelling or interesting.


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Jun 21, 2013 00:57 |  #3

I know and I'm not saying that. :) But I still want to know what more of you use and why?


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Jun 21, 2013 02:44 |  #4

skopusnik wrote in post #16050568 (external link)
I know and I'm not saying that. :) But I still want to know what more of you use and why?

You can always stop a lens down to attain greater DOF but you can't open one up more than it's maximum to achieve shallow DOF. To me this is the single biggest point of difference.

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At the same time, achieving huge amounts of DOF can some times be difficult with a FF body so a small sensor, such as a crop sensor, can be an advantage. Mobile phones and point and shoot cameras are great for that, detail shots etc.

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Crop cameras are better for sport, because they make your lenses longer for free, and often have higher frame rates than FF bodies.

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Jul 03, 2013 07:19 |  #5

I use both...Really just depends on what I'm shooting though.

I absolutely LOVE the flippy screen on the 60D. Makes many shots easier to set up/focus/frame/etc. 5D is hands-down the better camera most of the time though (as is to be expected).

/would like that screen on my 5D :(


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Jul 03, 2013 17:42 as a reply to  @ Master of Defenestration's post |  #6

well, what's more important? good images or ease of use?




  
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Jul 03, 2013 18:31 |  #7

Are you asking me? Because it's not like the 60D takes bad images (I might, but that has nothing to do with the camera). I use what's better for the job at hand. That's been a point and shoot on more than one occasion.


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Jul 08, 2013 00:13 |  #8

I started with crop bodies but moved to FF and just got a 5d3 instead of a 1D4 because of the type of automotive shooting I do. But I do think lens choice also plays a vital role in automotive photography. I use the FF body because I can stand closer and lessen the chance of people getting in my way because I shoot a lot of car shows.


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Jul 08, 2013 18:51 as a reply to  @ tod071's post |  #9

This all depends on what your end use will be. A 5DMKI -II- III etc... is a bad choice for motorsports. Slow frame rates and not enough focus points. It is however, a superb camera for editorial work.

A 1DMK4 is an excellent choice that allows for editorial and motorsports work. Also holds true for the 1DX. If your budget allows, I'd always opt for the camera that gives you the most flexibility. In the end, it comes down to a business decision where money is best spent.


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Jul 09, 2013 11:28 |  #10

I only use FF for automotive, non-track work (even though I have used the 5D2 at the track, just more difficult to work with). Have the flexibility of the FF sensor allows me to play with my RAW files and really abuse them, especially pulling shadows, highlights, high ISO, shadow noise etc. Can never use a crop sensor as it just doesn't give me the performance I need.


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Aug 09, 2013 16:42 |  #11

IMO FF is better for everything. That being said, you can take great photos with both


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Aug 09, 2013 18:30 |  #12

silverstang23 wrote in post #16194934 (external link)
IMO FF is better for everything. ...

Even sport?


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Aug 15, 2013 08:08 |  #13

Nikon users - what lenses and body are you using for automotive photography? (non motorsport)


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Sep 11, 2013 18:02 |  #14

skopusnik wrote in post #16209871 (external link)
Nikon users - what lenses and body are you using for automotive photography? (non motorsport)

D7000 and 80-200 AF-s. I loved compressed images, so I tend to shy away from wide angle lenses.


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