Welcome to issue 63
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.