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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Full-Frame: DSLRs For Landscape Master Work

Can you produce Ansel Adams-level images from a DSLR? Today’s full-frame models give you some outstanding options.

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If you prefer to shoot your landscapes handheld, built-in image stabilization can be your friend. This feature compensates for handheld camera shake, letting you shoot 2 to 4 shutter speeds slower than you could normally handhold successfully. Sony's SLT-A99 is the only current full-frame DSLR with built-in sensor-shift stabilization, which works with any lens you mount on the camera. For other cameras, you can get lenses with built-in stabilizers: Canon's are labeled IS (image stabilizer), Nikon's VR (vibration reduction), Sigma's OS (optical stabilizer) and Tamron's VC (vibration compensation).

Many landscapes require great depth of field to get a nearby subject and more distant ones sharp. The depth-of-field preview stops the lens down to shooting aperture so you can see in the viewfinder just how much depth of field you have. However, stopping down makes the viewfinder image darker, which, in dim light, can make it hard to see anything. Some cameras offer depth-of-field preview in Live View mode, which maintains image brightness for easier evaluation.

Most of today's DSLRs can do high-resolution 1080p video, with sound. This gives the landscape shooter another way to present the subject. You can record the motion and sounds of waterfalls, surf and rapids, and winds, to accompany your high-quality still images.

Full-Frame DSLRs
Camera Sensor Max. Res. (pixels) Normal ISO Range External Monitor Max. MF Zoom Eye-Level Viewfinder Memory Dimensions (inches) Weight (ounces) List Price*
Canon EOS-1D X 18.1 MP 5184x3456 100-51,200 3.2-in., 1040K 10x Optcl. 100% 2 CF 6.2x6.4x3.3 47.3 $6,799
Canon EOS 5D Mark III 22.3 MP 5760x3840 100-25,600 3.2-in., 1040K 10x Optcl. 100% CF, SD 6.0x4.6x3.0 30.3 $3,499
Canon EOS 5D Mark II 21.1 MP 5616x3744 100-6400 3.0-in., 920K 10x Optcl. 98% CF 6.0x4.5x3.0 28.6 $2,199
Canon EOS 6D 20.2 MP 5472x3648 100-25,600 3.0-in., 1040K 10x Optcl. 97% SD 5.7x4.4x2.8 24.0 $3,099
Nikon D4 16.2 MP 4928x3280 100-12,800 3.2-in., 921K 10x Optcl. 100% CF, XQD 6.3x6.2x3.6 41.6 $5,999
Nikon DX3 24.5 MP 6048x4032 100-1600 3.2-in., 921K 10x Optcl. 100% 2 CF 6.3x6.2x3.4 43.0 $7,999
Nikon D800 36.3 MP 7360x4912 100-6400 3.2-in., 921K 10x Optcl. 100% CF, SD 5.7x4.8x3.2 31.7 $2,999
Nikon D800E 36.3 MP 7360x4912 100-6400 3.2-in., 921K 10x Optcl. 100% CF, SD 5.7x4.8x3.2 31.7 $3,299
Nikon D600 24.3 MP 6016x4016 100-6400 3.2-in., 921K 10x Optcl. 100% 2 SD 5.6x4.4x3.2 26.8 $2,099
Sony SLT-A99 24.3 MP 6000x4000 100-25,600 3.0-in., 1228K 10x EVF 100% SD, MS 5.8x4.4x3.1 25.8 $2,799
*List price for body only


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