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Kylie Jones

Photography Manager

Being someone who loves the bush, people and photography Kylie has found her way to her dream job in the Londolozi Studio. Despite completing her Humanities Degree, she felt unsatisfied and found herself drawn to doing a wildlife photography course. Being both creative ...

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on What is the Difference Between a Full Frame and a Crop Sensor?

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Thanks the informative blog Kylie. Your blogs have always got something to learn.

Ian Hall
Senior Digital Ranger

Exactly , the half frame makes a lot of sense for wildlife unless you are a pro, but the sensors in terms of capacity have come on in leaps and bounds and a Canon 7d11 now has more the sensor capacity as an original Canon 1. The real issue is weather shielding , and many full frame cameras have better weather shielding than the half frame models. The Canon 7d11 is fully weather shielded (other cameras are available) . I am headed for somewhere in remote Kenya later this year and I am expecting a lot of dust, so that camera is my first choice.

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Hi Ian, Thanks for the comments. I didn’t know that about the weather shielding. I do know most modern cameras are tremendously robust, and a slight drizzle shouldn’t necessarily deter you from taking photos. I definitely keep my 5D out when there are a few drops falling…

Ian Hall
Senior Digital Ranger

Full frame tend to get the full weather shielding because they are more likely to be pro- users. It’s dust as well as rain. The same applies to lenses. Think of the 100-400 and imagine it being in constant use in Londolozi type conditions, now imagine extending it and contracting it and the dust that could be sucked in.

Gillian Lacey
Explorer

Great blog explaining the differences between the two. I used a Canon 7dmark ii on our visit which worked brilliantly. However when we eventually return to Londolozi I will be much more conscious of the low light capabilities of my camera. On balance I think that’s more important at Londolozi as we can get really close to the animals which perhaps lessens the need for very long zooms. As ever it’s a personal choice

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Good point Gillian. I use a full frame sensor camera, which definitely helps in low light, and that was one of the primary reasons I bought it.

Kim Drake
Digital Ranger

Very interesting blog – is there a camera which has both options available? Ie you can have full frame and select a cropped option? Or is it either or?

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Kimbo as far as I’m aware it’s always one or the other…

Michael & Terri Klauber
Digital Tracker

Thanks Kylie! We love our full frame Canons and the larger image size to give us more to work with in Lightroom! Keep the tips coming!

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