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Crop factors and mirrorless question

dasbose

Escondido, US
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dasbose Registered since 19th Jul 2011
Tue 17-Jan-12 08:57 PM

Hi all,

I'm intrigued by some of the mirrorless options coming out these days. I’ve seen some fantastic photos with the X100, NEX system, and others on Nikonians. The new X-Pro 1 and rumors of the OM-D are peeking my interest, too. These compact/larger sensor cameras could prove to be a valuable tool when shooting events where I need to get PJ-style shots without being too obvious.

Currently I use two DSLR’s: a D700 and D7000 – both excellent cameras as we all know. However, I do feel like a fish out of water when I use the D7000 due to crop factors. Sure, a 35mm has a similar FoV like a 50mm on a D7000, but it still has the distortion/curvature of a 35mm; anything smaller than a 50mm on my D7000 just feels awkward to me.

In researching this, I’ve read that – for example – a 35mm on a rangefinder such as a Leica doesn’t not have as much distortion as a 35mm on an SLR. This has something to do with how close the back of the lens sits in relation to the sensor (or film). I have never used a Leica or rangefinder, so I could be wrong. Please feel free to correct me if I am.

With this in mind, I’d like users of the NEX or X100 to tell me if the any Focal Length on either mirrorless has less curvature than a the same focal lenghth on an APS-C DSLR. If so, could you post a comparison? I think the x100 is 23mm, right? Could someone compare that to, say, a 24mm lens on a APS-C dslr? If the distortion is less, I think I can enjoy a mirrorless with an APS-C sensor. Otherwise, I think I'm in for a long wait for a full frame mirrorless to come out.

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