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posted by - Wednesday, 29 September 2010

(Note: All calculations based on a 16×9 recording area)

It seems that every few days, we hear about a new camera or a new lens. While it’s exciting to learn about new gear, it can also be a bit confusing. This is especially true when it comes to cameras with different sensor sizes. For a long time, it was only 2/3″, 16mm and 35mm in the professional world, but now we have a huge variety of sensor sizes.

Mitch Gross recently published his sensor size comparison chart, which is an excellent reference that has been very popular with our viewers. Following his lead, I developed this free online tool which allows you to compare different sensors at different focal lengths. We call it the Focal Length Comparator. Funny name I know, but it allows you to compare the fields of view of different sensors’ sizes at different focal lengths.

For instance, it can be used to visualize the field of view difference between a 50mm lens on a 2/3″ sensor and the same lens on an ARRI ALEXA sensor. I also threw in a bunch of extra information like crop factor, angle of view and specific sensor sizes. Check out this new online tool by clicking on the image above, or learn more about this tool at our online resource.

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