Comparing Different Prime Lens Focal Lengths on Crop Sensor Cameras

Been wondering what the difference is between Full Frame and Crop Sensor? This quick comparison video by Julia Trotti has the answers. 

One of the main considerations photographers often have when switching cameras is the Full Frame vs. Crop Sensor debate. Some will immediately think the former is the best choice, no contest. Others have no problems with going for the crop option since it’s cheaper and the results are very good. However, the main concern on this matter is how focal lengths produce different results in both sensor sizes. In an earlier video, Julia Trotti demonstrates this by comparing several popular focal lengths in both Full Frame and Crop Sensor cameras.

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Why Pro Body, Crop Sensor Cameras Deserve More Credit in the World of Professional Photography.

Crop sensor cameras are far more advanced than they used to be, and deserve much more credit in the professional photography world.

Just a few short years ago it was pretty easy to say that APS-C and Micro Four Thirds cameras could never be used by professional photographers. Crop sensors cameras of yesteryear were known for poor high ISO performance, lacked a lot of features their much more expensive Full Frame brothers had, and often produced images that were lack luster. Times have changed in a major way though. Current APS-C and Micro Four Thirds crop sensor cameras like the Fujifilm X-T3, the Nikon D500, the Olympus EM-1 Mk II, and the Panasonic G9 have been adopted by professional photographers around the globe, and for good reason.  Continue reading…

Four of Our Favorite Crop Sensor Cameras for $2,000 and Under

APS-C cameras are incredibly affordable, and aren’t only for enthusiasts now thanks to advancements in technology and features.

Just a short while ago, APS-C cameras were seen as being only suitable for beginners and enthusiasts in the field of photography. Now, thanks to advancements in sensor technology, and the amount of features being poured into these camera bodies, they are suitable for beginners to pros, and beyond.

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Review: Fujifilm X-T3 (It’s a Crop Sensor Powerhouse)

Fujifilm threw everything and the kitchen sink into their latest powerhouse APS-C camera

While Full Frame mirrorless cameras have certainly dominated the conversation as of late, with seemingly every major digital camera manufacturer on the market announcing or releasing new Full Frame mirrorless cameras, Fujifilm is keeping their focus on their crop sensor camera bodies with the release of their new Fujifilm X-T3. Boasting significant improvements in terms of features as well as performance, the Fujifilm XT3 is targeting photographers and videographers alike that are looking for solid workhorse camera in a compact package.

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5 Crop Sensor Lenses With Bokeh Like Butter

There was a time when shooting with a crop sensor meant being looked down on, and in many cases that is still the case. But many of the myths about shooting a crop body are not as true as they once were for everything from high ISO low light performance to Bokeh. These days you can get some really great bokeh from crop sensor cameras and most aren't going to break your bank either.

Here are five of our favorite crop sensor lenses with bokeh that you could spread on toast like butter. Enjoy…

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The mmCalc Crop Factor Calculator Makes Sensor Math a Snap

mmCalc Crop Factor Calculator

Sensor Size math isn’t a problem with the mmCalc Crop Factor Calculator. If you haven’t figured it out by now, there’s a lot of math involved in photography. One of the places you’ll often notice where math and photography intersect is in discussions of sensor size. If you’re trying to make apples to apples comparisons of photography gear, you’re usually talking in terms of full-frame equivalents. Often this will require some mental math (and sometimes not-so-mental math) to determine the crop factor. Or you can skip the arithmetic altogether by using this crop factor calculator by mmCalc.

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The Canon EOS R II Really Needs to Feature a New Sensor

Canon EOS R

Canon, all we ask is please don’t reuse the sensor that is found in the EOS R (and the four-year-old 5D4) for the EOS R II.

No matter what way you slice it, 2020 is going to be an incredibly important year for Canon. For a while, Canon has been complaining about declining sales, but they can change all of that in 2020. Canon has been working hard on their RF Mount lenses, and they are incredible, but the cameras they attach to leave much to be desired. Hopefully, in 2020, we will see some new bodies from Canon, and we hope one of them is the EOS R II. But, Canon needs to make sure they get this right. Let’s talk about this after the break.

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The Sony a7r IV Has a 61MP Full Frame Sensor (And There’s More)

The new Sony a7r IV is probably going to make you drool. 

Sony Electronics President and COO Mike Fasulo presented some of the company’s latest products for the Digital Imaging Division. Amongst those products is the new Sony a7r IV that includes features like a new 61MP full-frame sensor at heart. It has a whole lot of great features for professional photographers. At $3,500 it’s going to include things like upgraded weather sealing, wireless tethering capabilities, a ton of autofocus points, and much more.


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Review: Sony a6400 (The Sony a9 with an APS-C Sensor)

The Sony A6400 packs near-A9 level AF tech into a compact Crop Sensor package.

Up until recently, Sony’s focus seemed to rest with their Full Frame mirrorless cameras, but the Japanese consumer electronics giant reaffirmed their commitment towards APS-C cameras when they announced the A6400 back in January of this year. Featuring the company’s latest advancements in autofocus technologies, the Sony A6400 is positioned interestingly between the existing A6300 and crop sensor flagship A6500. It’s not quite the halo product some were hoping for, but it is certainly no slouch by any measure.

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The Ricoh GR III Doesn’t Have a Full Frame Sensor; Targets Street Photography

Ricoh is positioning their Ricoh GR III at street photographers and perhaps that’s why it’s still APS-C.

Today, we’re getting the news of the camera that folks have been asking for for a long time – the Ricoh GR III. We previously talked about specs and we heard reports on what the new camera could be, but now we’ve got official word. The new Ricoh GR III is currently under development and will sport a brand new 24.24MP APS-C – likely the same one Sony has been using in their Sony a6300 and a variant of those in nearly every other APS-C camera. The lens has been revamped; it’s an 18.3mm f2.8 lens that equates to a 28mm field of view. The Ricoh GR III shoots 14 bit RAW DNG files, has a built in ND filter and more or less a lot of the same features as the previous camera.

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The Fujifilm XT3 Includes the X Trans 4 CMOS 26.1MP Sensor

Fujifilm XT3 enters the market as the company’s fourth generation mirrorless APS-C camera

The Fujifilm XT3 was introduced today, ushering Fujifilm into its fourth generation of the mirrorless APS-C camera market. Boasting an all-new, back-illuminated 26.1MP X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor as well as the X-Processor 4 processor, the Fujifilm X-T3 promises to deliver remarkable image quality, significantly improved AF performance, and outstanding tracking performance of fast-moving subjects along with blackout-free burst shooting. Videographers will be happy to learn that the Fujifilm X-T3 is the first APS-C mirrorless camera capable of 4K/60P 10bit recording.

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The New Nikon P1000 Has a 125x Optical Zoom with a Laughable 1/2.3 inch Sensor for $999.95

We’re not exactly sure why the Nikon P1000 is being announced in 2018; 2012 happened years ago.

Today, for some odd reason, the Nikon P1000 point and shoot camera is being announced. Odd, you ask? The fact that it is a point and shoot isn’t such a big issue at all; the fact that it’s a superzoom camera being marketed as one with a 125x optical zoom is what’s insane. Kudos to Nikon for being able to do something like this, but then you read the fine print (or in this case, print that’s not even in the press release) and see the bait and switch–this Nikkor lens is having its potential wasted by being placed in front of a 1/2.3 inch sensor.

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We May See a New High-End Crop Mirrorless from Canon Before a Pro Full Frame

Almost everyone has been talking about Canon releasing their long-rumored full-frame mirrorless system at Photokina this year, but it looks like maybe that has changed

If you are hoping to see a Canon full frame mirrorless system announced at Photokina this year then these latest reports coming out of the rumor mill may upset you. According to the latest reporting, in this case, via Mirrorless Rumors, it seems that the mirrorless camera Canon plans on announcing at Photokina this year will be none other than a replacement for their current mirrorless flagship, the [amazon_textlink asin=’B01LXIOMHP’ text=’EOS M5′ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’415c05fa-7004-11e8-9a7d-f175b4ca8703′].

But wait just wait a minute before you get your torches and pitchforks out. As much as we all want to see a Canon competitor to Sony’s full-frame mirrorless, an update to their high-end APS-C mirrorless lineup isn’t a bad thing. Why? Here, let me explain… Continue reading…

Unraveling the FUJIFILM GFX: How a Medium Format Sensor Affects Depth of Field

Photographers who love bokeh in their photos will love to understand its relationship with depth of field

If you listen to the ramblings of so many photographers out there, they’ll tell you about how and why full frame is the way to go; and they’ll rarely talk about depth of field. but we all know that somewhere deep down inside, they’re thinking about it. Indeed, when you go from an APS-C sensor to a full frame 35mm sensor, your depth of field at a given aperture or focal length changes. The general consensus is that bigger is always better. If you’re a street photographer, photojournalist, or a portrait photographer then you probably really care about some sort of shallow depth of field in your images. This doesn’t only have to do with how the sensor on the camera you’re using works, but also deals with your lenses.

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Nikon Mirrorless To Feature 45MP Sensor, New Mount?

Innovative cameras - Nikon D850

Apparently that new Nikon Mirrorless camera may be really professional oriented

As you have heard, unless you live under a rock, Nikon is working on their professional mirrorless camera system(s), and while nothing is official yet, reports are still getting out here and there giving tidbits of information about these upcoming mirrorless cameras. The latest report including some major new information about the Nikon mirrorless project. Continue reading…

The Rokinon 85mm f1.2 and 14mm f2.4 Are Designed for High Res Sensors

Rokinon SP Lenses

For photographers who need high resolving power for their 50-megapixel images, or DSLR videographers that need glass that can handle up to 8k video resolutions, Rokinon announced the first two Special Performance (SP) lenses – the SP 85mm f1.2 and the SP 14mm f2.4 for Canon EF full-frame and APS-C crop frame cameras.

The two SP lenses are made for the ultra high-resolution sensors found in today’s flagship Canon cameras but can easily be paired on a crop-sensor body to produce high quality stills and videos. Both the 85mm and 14mm SP lenses have an aluminum alloy constructed body with an ergonomic design that keeps them light light and provides photographers with what Rokinon promises to be durable yet comfortable lenses to use.

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Report: Sony Sensor Production Halt Causes Ripple Effect at Fujifilm

Editor’s Note: Fujifilm USA tells us that the Fujifilm X70 is not discontinued here.

Sony, beyond their own camera production, is a key piece to the puzzle for many of the top camera brands in the world. It has been reported recently that Sony has stopped production of their 16MP APS-C imaging sensors, moving on to more in-demand resolution sensors. This, according to the report, has caught some camera makers by surprise and could affect the availability of products using those sensors going forward. Continue reading…

How to Make Images from An APS-C or Four Thirds Sensor Look Like Full Frame

Take a look at the lead image for this story: what do you think it was shot with? It’s a photo I use often here on the site. That photograph was shot with Kodak Portra with a Bronica ETRS. No editing was done. It looks like it could have been done with a modern full frame camera or some other digital camera, right? To be honest, I could have done it with 35mm, Micro Four Thirds, APS-C, etc. What really mattered was the lighting and the situation because the further truth is that the laws of exposure don’t change.

Here’s the absolute truth about sensor sizes and image quality: in the hands of a photographer that sits there and uses a camera for what it is, the camera will produce fantastic images. All dedicated cameras these days produce more than good enough image quality, but they all require you to do certain things to make their peak image quality really come out. The results from an APS-C sensor or a Four Thirds sensor can all product jaw dropping images.

The secret: it’s in you. The laws of exposure don’t change; but you should have an understanding of how the rules of depth of field, contrast, and colors interact with one another.

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The Hasselblad V1D Features a 75MP Square Format Digital Sensor

Hasselblad caught the industry’s attention recently with the release of the world’s first medium format mirrorless digital camera, and today they’re announcing an interesting concept: the Hasselblad V1D. According to a quote from Hasselblad in an email to the Phoblographer, this camera sports the same 100MP sensor used in the H6D-100c cameras. But since the V1D camera uses XCD lenses that has shorter flange distance, the sensor output is being automatically cropped to 75MP format square format.

The camera is essentially what Hasselblad is calling a black box carefully machined out of a solid block of aluminum. It has ports/fixings for modules all over for various types of uses. It is indeed a modular camera!

But in addition to that, the X1D is getting new lenses! Tech specs and all the important bits from the press release are after the jump.

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Phase One and Sony Design a New 100MP Medium Format Sensor

XF System_lowres

It’s time, folks! Right before CES 2016 starts, Phase One is making an announcement that they’ve collaborated with Sony to make the new 100MP full frame 645 Medium Format sensor for their new 100MP Phase One XF Camera system. Crazy, huh? To clear confusion, this is a full 645 sensor instead of it being cropped, hence why it’s called Full Frame

So what can this sensor do? It offers 16 bit color, 15 stops of dynamic range, live view capture via HDMI, ISO 50 to 12,800 and exposure of up to 50 minutes. The sensor packs101,082,464 active high quality pixels. Because it uses the XF system, it also features lots of the new features that came out at Photo Plus 2015, like the seismographic shutter delay plus, Honeybee Auto Focus, Vibration Tracking, Electronic First Curtain Shutter, and more.

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An Explanation of How Crop Factors and Depth of Field Correlate


Full frame, APS-C and 1/2.3

A blog post that published recently was the source of a bit of confusion for some, so we decided to explain how it all works. But when this subject is talked about, it is often talked about only in terms of full frame 35mm imaging sensors, APS-C sensors and Four Thirds sensors.

Crop factor and apertures/depth of field absolutely totally correlate in many ways and therefore also greatly affect the way that the image that you create will look. For many photographers, this is the biggest determining factor of the type of camera and sensor/film they will use.

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