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Why does my full frame crop so much of the frame?

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Hello Forum!

 

 

Please forgive me if this is a dumb question. 

 

So, I've recently made the switch from a crop frame (D5500) to a full frame (D750) and I noticed that that great big, full frame that I can see in my viewfinder is never what comes out in the photo. And sorry for not knowing terminology, but I get that there's a square "frame guide" in the viewfinder, but I guess I expected that with a full frame you'd get at least SOME of what's outside that boundary in the pic, but that's not happening.  What's outside that frame guide seems like about 40% of what's in the viewfinder.  Is that just extra stuff to help with the overall composition?  I don't know. It just seems weird to me that I should lose SO MUCH of what i can see in the viewfinder.  i thought I'd be getting MORE frame with a "full frame" camera.

 

Thanks for any help you can provide. 

 

 



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Are you using an APS-C ("DX") lens?  If so, the camera will by default crop the image so that it doesn't captures areas not covered by the lens.

 

Swapping to an FX lens would solve this issue.



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What lens do you have? If it is a DX lens, the problem probably is the auto-crop feature as Adam wrote about above. 
 

If you have an FX lens, you probably have one of the crop modes active. See pages 110 - 114 in the manual.



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Are you using an APS-C ("DX") lens?  If so, the camera will by default crop the image so that it doesn't captures areas not covered by the lens.

 

Swapping to an FX lens would solve this issue.

 

Well well. It appears I do have a "DX" lens. It's the AF-S Nikor 55-300mm. I use it for capturing birds, animals, and nature scenes. Is there an FX lens you would recommend that I could do the same with? Thanks! 



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There are quite a few choices for an FX tele zoom to replace your DX 55-300. If you seldom use narrower than 200 mm on the D5500, a 70-300 will give you the same field of view as you are used to. When shopping for a 70-300, be aware that there are two AF-P DX versions as well as the FX AF-P VR one. You can look for a used AF-S 70-300VR, but they are out of production. The third-party 70-300 class are all older lenses with large sample variation.

If you want to get more into birding, a Nikon 200-500 or a Tamron 150-600 G2 will be a better choice.

If you want something relatively portable with a similar FOV to the 55-300, the expensive Nikon AF-S 80-400 or the quite a bit cheaper Tamron 100-400 are both nice lenses.







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