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NPhoto - - From The Editor - Chris Ge­orge, Group Editor-in-Chief chris.ge­orge@fu­turenet.com

The fas­ci­nat­ing thing about pho­tog­ra­phy is that you never stop learn­ing. Not only is there al­ways a fresh tech­nique for you to try and mas­ter, but the fun­da­men­tal rules seem to change with time too. Up un­til re­cently, if you wanted to up­grade your Nikon SLR to some­thing that felt more pro­fes­sional, or that gave you the fastest, high-oc­tane frame rates, the choice has been sim­ple: move up to full frame.

A big­ger cam­era sen­sor has a lot of ad­van­tages – but mov­ing up to FX from DX also has draw­backs. You in­evitably need to change most of your lenses, and you don’t get as much depth of field to play with. But these rules all changed again with the ar­rival of the in­cred­i­ble DX-for­mat D500. Now you can get re­ally fast burst rates and pro-build han­dling with­out hav­ing to go full frame. So choos­ing whether to supersize your sen­sor or not is a much big­ger de­ci­sion. For­tu­nately, our Rod Lawton has put to­gether a full ex­pla­na­tion of the pros and cons for full frame in his eight-page spe­cial re­port, start­ing on page 8.

The fun­da­men­tal physics of lens de­sign also seems to be chang­ing. When I first got an SLR, a good por­trait prime had a max­i­mum aper­ture of f/2.8. Now Nikon has set a new world record with its boke­htas­tic 105mm lens, which has an in­cred­i­ble max­i­mum aper­ture of f/1.4. You can find out about this amaz­ing (and ex­pen­sive) new Nikkor on page 108.

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