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Canon makes cameras with three different sized image sensors.

These full-frame digital cameras use a sensor the same size as 35mm film. Full-frame is the way to go if you have the choice.

Consumer 1.6x cameras have a sensor 1.6x smaller than 35mm film.

Obsolete Canon professional 1.3 x cameras used a sensor 1.3x smaller than 35mm film

The sensors in these cameras are the same as 35mm film: 24 x 36mm.

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All EOS and FD 35mm cameras.


Ultra-Wide and Fisheye Lenses

This is my reason for owning one of these cameras. Canon only makes a fisheye for these size cameras. Canon makes no shorter fisheye for the smaller sensor cameras as Nikon does.

Canon's widest lens is the 14mm f/2.8 L, which for $1,800 gives the same 14mm view on these cameras as it does on a 35mm film camera.

The 16-35mm f/2.8L, 17-40mm f/4 L and 20-35mm are popular zooms. The 17-40mm is light and excellent, while the 16-35mm really does go noticeably wider but weighs even more and costs over twice as much. The Canon 20-35mm is a swell lens, but the people who spring for these full-frame digital cameras usually pass it by.


EF-S Lenses

EF-S lenses do not work on full-frame cameras.

These are special, shorter lenses designed especially to take advantage of the smaller sensors of the 1.6x cameras.


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