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    Re: To crop or to use an extender with the 5DII?



    Some very interesting points, thanks .


    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel Browning


    Quote Originally Posted by Feanor
    Back in the days of the 30D when you were looking at 8MP sensors then pixelation would probably have been an issue before light degredation. But on a 21MP FF camera like the 5D2 I strongly suspect it's either roughly 50-50 or the other way round, possibly by a significant margin.

    But the 8MP on 30D is *exactly* the same as 21MP on the 5D2. If the lens is good enough to use TC on the 30D, then it is good enough to use TC on the 5D2.
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    I must have started writing my reply when you posted your original reply, I only just noticed it, sorry. I don't understand though what you mean by the 8MP on hte 30D being the same as the 21MP on the 5D2? 8MP x 1.6 gives 12.8MP, so the 5DII has another 1.6 times the pixel density as the 30D by my rough calculations. Surely that means you can make a 1.6x crop from the 5D2 twice over and still get the same resolution as the 30D? (one of the crops taking you from FF to APS-C equivalent)


    And I see your point about ISO100 vs ISO400, but what about ISO800 vs ISO3200 for example? Surely at that threshold the read noise increase will be greater?

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    Re: To crop or to use an extender with the 5DII?



    A 24x36mm "full frame" sensor is 1.6 times larger in linear dimension than a 22.3x14.9mm APS-C sensor. In terms of sensor area, the full frame has 1.6 * 1.6 = 2.56 times the area of the APS-C sensor.


    Since pixel count is based on the area of a sensor and not its linear width/height, the appropriate math is


    21 MP / 2.56 = 8.2 MP,


    so Daniel quoted the correct value.

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    Re: To crop or to use an extender with the 5DII?



    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel Browning
    Never.

    I see. But in any case, I was being stupid. To reduce read noise, I think, you would have to use a *higher* iso, not a lower one. The problem would be blown highlights, not quantization. (Or it could be just that I'm confused again... that happens quite often).












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    Re: To crop or to use an extender with the 5DII?



    Quote Originally Posted by Feanor
    And I see your point about ISO100 vs ISO400,
    but what about ISO800 vs ISO3200 for example? Surely at that threshold
    the read noise increase will be greater?

    At ISO 3200 vs. 800, the comparison will still favor the TC. Furthermore, the difference will be visible in midtones instead of just the deep shadows. This is one test that anyone with a TC can do.


    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Ruyle
    To reduce read noise, I think, you would have to use a *higher* iso, not a lower one. The problem would be blown highlights, not quantization.

    Agreed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wickerprints


    A 24x36mm "full frame" sensor is 1.6 times larger in linear dimension than a 22.3x14.9mm APS-C sensor. In terms of sensor area, the full frame has 1.6 * 1.6 = 2.56 times the area of the APS-C sensor.


    Since pixel count is based on the area of a sensor and not its linear width/height, the appropriate math is


    21 MP / 2.56 = 8.2 MP,


    so Daniel quoted the correct value.
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    Ah OK that makes sense, thanks . Also I checked the specs of the 30D and of course both you and Daniel are right about the pixel density being the same. Which surprises me - why didn't we have a 21MP full-frame sensor in the days of the 30D if the technology was there?? [:S] I guess it's not all about pixel density but also about processing large images quickly as well as storing them. It's an interesting point though - it means there is more to the idea of crop sensors giving greater reach than some people claim.


    Daniel - thanks for your explanations too, I see what you're getting at. But if we then take the 7D as an example, with its considerably higher pixel density, then I take it that the gap between cropping and extenders is at least narrowed?

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    Re: To crop or to use an extender with the 5DII?



    Quote Originally Posted by Feanor
    why didn't we have a 21MP full-frame sensor in the days of the 30D if the technology was there??

    Frame rate. The more pixels you have, the slower the readout (for a given cost and technology). On top of that, the DIGIC processing would slow way down too. So they could have made the 5D Classic with 21 MP, but it would have been like 0.5 FPS instead of 3 FPS. That's too slow for most of the market, and it would have sold even worse than it did.


    Quote Originally Posted by Feanor


    But if we then take the 7D as an example, with its considerably
    higher pixel density, then I take it that the gap between cropping and
    extenders is at least narrowed?


    Yes. The 7D has 49% higher linear resolution than the 30D, so there are some lenses that no longer benefit from a 1.4X TC, particularly the lowest quality zooms. (Good zooms, like the 70-200, still benefit from TC on the 7D.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel Browning


    Yes. The 7D has 49% higher linear resolution than the 30D, so there are some lenses that no longer benefit from a 1.4X TC, particularly the lowest quality zooms. (Good zooms, like the 70-200, still benefit from TC on the 7D.)
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    Hmm. You've got me wondering again whether the 5DII is the right camera for my interests - after the mass bemusement in a thread suggesting I swap a while ago I shelved the idea but I'm really not that interested in landscape photography. The AF points and extra reach would really be a big boon. But then again shots that I do manage to take on the 5DII with the 400mm - assuming I can get close enough and assuming the AF points don't let me down - promise to be stunning.

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