The Canon Cinema EOS range features full-frame cameras and Super 35mm cameras, and an extensive line-up of cinematic lenses to suit each sensor format. But what are the main points of difference between Super 35mm and full-frame, and when would you choose one type of sensor over the other?
The big difference between full-frame and Super 35mm sensors is their physical size. This has implications for the field of view, your choice of focal length and creative control over depth of field, among other things.
Director of Photography Ian Murray says he continues to jump between full-frame and Super 35mm for his work. "It's a creative choice, because there are times when each is appropriate," he explains.
Ian has worked on campaigns for major brands, including Amazon, Volkswagen and Nespresso, and suggests that some subjects suit the larger depth of field that's easier to achieve on the smaller format. "I did a job involving food and shot it on Super 35mm. If the depth of field falls off too quickly with food, it doesn't look right. So I knew full-frame wasn't the best choice here.
"If you're shooting a period piece or something that needs to feel more retro, then Super 35mm is a better sensor size as that gives more of a classic, early cinema look," he continues. "If you're working on something in a run-and-gun style and it's more narrative-led – particularly when you want to be immersed in a character's world – then I think full-frame is a better choice."