Hyperfocal Distance and Nikon D100

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by JackB, Oct 14, 2003.

  1. JackB

    JackB Guest

    Can the hyperfocal distances for 35mm cameras be used with the Nikon D100?
    JackB, Oct 14, 2003
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  2. No, for two reasons.

    (1) If you use the same standards for DOF (i.e. compare prints of the same
    size), the lens multiplier/crop factor results in different DOF either for
    the same lens (less DOF in digital since greater magnification to get a
    print of the same size) or for different lenses of the same angle of view
    (more DOF in digital).

    (2) With digital, you always look at your images at 100%, since that's a
    much higher magnification than you usually look at 35mm images, the DOF
    looks a lot narrower.

    By the way, I've stopped using hyperfocal settings in most of my medium
    format shots: for landscape sorts of things, I really want stuff at infinity
    to be critically sharp, and using a hyperfocal setting compromises that.

    David J. Littleboy
    Tokyo, Japan
    David J. Littleboy, Oct 14, 2003
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