Can You Really Produce Professional Results With Crop Sensor Cameras?

The debate between Full Frame vs Crop Sensor cameras and their ability to produce professional results have been around as long as digital cameras have.

Let’s face it, Crop Sensor cameras have been getting a pretty bad rep for some time. By and large, you have the Full Frame or bust crowd to thank for this stigma. Full Frame cameras were the de facto standard for a long time thanks to their performance advantage over their Crop Sensor brethren. This was certainly true during the nascent days when the industry was just beginning to adopt digital. Fast forward to today, however, the performance differential between Crop Sensor and Full Frame bodies is borderline negligible.

In fact, Crop Sensor cameras are amongst the best bang for the buck available on the market. As a professional photographer who also reviews photography equipment for a living, I’ve had the privilege of shooting with just about every camera commercially available. The fact is, professional results are absolutely achievable regardless of your camera’s sensor size. The key lies in mastering the fundamentals of how to properly utilize a camera and understanding the relationship between sensor size and its real-world applications.

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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

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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 Best Camera Sensors in July 2020 According to DXOMark

If you’re looking to buy a camera that has the best output, you need to check out the best camera sensors, according to DXOMark.

While there’s a lot more to a camera than just the sensor it uses, when DXOMark performs their lab tests, they assign a ranking to each camera based on its sensor performance alone. We know this cannot possibly give you the best representation of what a camera might genuinely be like (that’s what our real-world reviews are for). Still, these tests can give you a strong indication of just how good the sensor can perform in optimal scenarios. If image quality alone is all that’s important to you, you’re going to want to see which camera sensors deliver the goods consistently. After the break, we will break down the best camera sensors in July 2020 per DXOMark.

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The Ideas Behind Why Smaller Sensor Cameras Are Better Than We Think

Lots of folks love to hate on smaller sensors like APS-C and Four Thirds, but they’re a lot better than you may think.

Does anyone remember APS-H? It was a format primarily used by Canon in a variant of their 1D camera models. Back then, they had one full-frame camera for high megapixel shooting and one APS-H camera for sports shooting. APS-H was a 1.3x crop factor, and sports photographers loved the combination of lower megapixels, excellent high ISO performance, and most of all, the extra reach it gave their camera lenses. But then Canon did away with it and went full frame with the option of a crop factor. The truth is that photographers loved their APS-H sensors, and we just adapted to using a full-frame. And for what it’s worth, APS-H is still a great example of why smaller sensors can be better.

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Are Canon’s APS-C Sensors Really Worse Than the Rest?

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The Canon APS-C sensor is a 1.6x crop and smaller than the rest of the industry’s, but is it worse?

One of the more significant concerns of many photographers has always been about Canon’s APS-C sensors. Though their cameras are dwarfed by the likes of Fujifilm, Sony, and Nikon, they have always marched to the beat of their own drum. While the rest of the industry goes with 1.5x crop sensors, Canon has forever gone a bit smaller with 1.6x crop. It sometimes worked to their advantage when translating their focal lengths over. But has the quality always been worse?

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Photography Cheat Sheet: How Crop Factors Affect Depth of Field

We’ve created a handy photography cheat sheet for you to figure out the crop factor of a lens and the resulting depth of field.

Figuring out the crop factors from one camera system to another can be a bit tedious. Remembering what camera system uses what sensors is also a bit annoying, so we’ve come up with a full Photography Cheat Sheet to help. These are all primarily based on the 35mm frame, otherwise called Full-Frame. From that format, you figure out a whole lot of variations depending on what you’re looking at. That’s why some manufacturers make odd focal lengths that sometimes just don’t make sense.

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

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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?

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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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