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Crop mode. Why use it?

JohnE Nikon

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JohnE Nikon Registered since 15th Jun 2010
Fri 22-Feb-13 04:28 PM

Is there any reason to use the crop mode other than improved capture rate?

I would alway prefer to crop my own images than let the camera do it.

Is there something I'm missing or is it the frames per second that is the big deal?

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TomCurious

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#1. "RE: Crop mode. Why use it?" | In response to Reply # 0

TomCurious Registered since 03rd Jan 2007
Fri 22-Feb-13 03:37 PM

You already hit the nail on the head. In crop mode, each file is smaller, so the camera can process more files per second, which results in a higher frame rate. This can be important for fast moving subjects like birds and athletes. Another minor plus is that you use less space on your card and computer, and import and processing of the images are faster, too.

That said, unless I absolutely need those benefits, I always crop in post, like you.

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#2. "RE: Crop mode. Why use it?" | In response to Reply # 0

blw Moderator Awarded for his high level of expertise in various areas Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004
Fri 22-Feb-13 03:39 PM

About the only time I use crop mode is when I can see that the subject is obviously so small in the frame that having it crop is just as well. That way there's less data retained, thus saving space on the card and later on the HDD's. This doesn't happen very often to me, though - on the other hand I haven't been doing much birding recently either.

The other time I have used a crop mode is the 5:4 mode in some cameras. If I know that the image is destined for an 8x10 or 16x20 (eg 5:4) print, I sometimes use 5:4 crop mode and then compose as if I'm not going to crop. On the other hand, I probably do this about one shoot per year - not a big deal.

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JohnE Nikon

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#3. "RE: Crop mode. Why use it?" | In response to Reply # 2

JohnE Nikon Registered since 15th Jun 2010
Fri 22-Feb-13 04:19 PM

Thanks. Makes sense.

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NRousu

CA
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#4. "RE: Crop mode. Why use it?" | In response to Reply # 1

NRousu Registered since 16th May 2012
Fri 22-Feb-13 06:25 PM

This makes me wonder - if they're going to such lengths to add this feature, does this mean that the D7100 still has a tiny buffer like the D7000?

jbloom

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#5. "RE: Crop mode. Why use it?" | In response to Reply # 0

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Fri 22-Feb-13 06:48 PM

Increased capture rate is one reason. Smaller files also use less buffer space, allowing for longer bursts of shots for those who like that sort of thing.

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dm1dave

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#6. "RE: Crop mode. Why use it?" | In response to Reply # 4

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Fri 22-Feb-13 06:58 PM

Yes, the buffer is samll.

When shooting RAW you get between 6 - 9 frames in the buffer depending on the bit depth and compression.

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NRousu

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#7. "RE: Crop mode. Why use it?" | In response to Reply # 6

NRousu Registered since 16th May 2012
Fri 22-Feb-13 07:03 PM

That's too bad the buffer is so small. When shooting something like a moving animal, small child, or athlete, those frames get eaten up fast.

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