APS-C Vs. Full Frame: Can you Guess Which Photo Came from a Crop Sensor?

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If there’s one single item on a camera’s list of technical specifications that indicates image quality, it’s the image sensor. Yes, the processor plays a role here too, but the sensor is the biggest determining factor in how images from the camera body look. And, more important even than megapixels, is the sensor’s size. But, just how much does size matter? Can you tell when a photograph was taken with a crop sensor and when it was taken with a full-frame sensor? Without looking at metadata, can you pick out APS-C Vs. full-frame just by looking at the resulting images?

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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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8 Non-Full Frame Cameras That Are A-OK for Professional Photographers

These APS-C and Micro Four Thirds cameras prove that non-full frame cameras are more than good enough for pro use.

Over the last few years, Full Frame has become a buzz term in the photography world. The sad thing is that there is a growing belief that if professional photographers use anything other than Full-Frame cameras, then they aren’t really a pro. That, my friends, is a bunch of nonsense. Professional photographers can get the best out of any camera regardless of sensor size. There are many non-Full Frame cameras on the market, specifically APS-C and Micro Four Thirds (and Medium Format, but that’s for another article) which are more than suitable for professional photographers and professional use. The non-Full Frame cameras we will share with you after the break prove you don’t need to have a Full-Frame camera to be a pro and get beautiful images.

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Camera Review: Fujifilm X-T30 (Honey, Fuji Shrunk the X-T3!)

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The Fujifilm X-T30 is a more affordable and shrunken down version of the highly regarded X-T3, albeit with a few caveats

While most of the digital imaging industry has been concentrating their efforts on introducing Full Frame Mirrorless cameras for the better part of the past year, photographers that prefer lighter and more compact Crop Sensor bodies got some new hotness of their very own to lust after in the form of the Fujifilm X-T3 and the Sony A6400. Both flagship APS-C cameras have proven to be massively popular for consumers to professionals alike, but what if you wanted the same level of performance but in an even svelter and more condensed package? As luck would have it, the engineers over at Fujifilm managed to answer that question with the X-T30, the company’s latest compact Crop Sensor Mirrorless camera. Fujifilm managed to incorporate almost all of the best of breed innovations found within the X-T3 into the XT30 while bringing both the size and the cost down. After spending a few short hours with the pre-production sample during the top-secret press briefing when the X-T30 first launched, Fujifilm was kind enough to provide a final production model of the camera to us so that we can evaluate in comprehensively in typical Phoblographer fashion.

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6 Sharp Prime Lenses For Sony E Mount Cameras Under $600

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These prime lenses will help you get the most out of your Sony APS-C crop sensor camera.

Sony has done an outstanding job with their APS-C camera line up. The old Sony NEX system really started changing people’s view about crop sensor cameras. The release of the a6000, a6300, and the a6500 and all of the new technology they brought to the supposedly ‘non-pro’ APS-C camera world continued to push boundaries and made them firm favorites with photographers all over the world. The new Sony a6400 with its crazy fast autofocus system is about to hit the shelves, and we thought it would be a good idea to take a look at some prime lenses that will really get the most out of this, and all of the other Sony APS-C cameras on the market.
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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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First Impressions: Fujifilm XT3 (Fujifilm’s Jack of All Trades Camera?)

The Fujifilm XT3 is promising some major upgrades, and we got to test it first.

Fujifilm announced their latest X-Series camera yesterday, the Fujifilm XT3, boasting sensor and image processor upgrades that promise to deliver significant performance improvements over its predecessor. Make no mistake about it, this is a huge step forward for Fujifilm and they didn’t pull any punches with this camera, targeting photographers and videographers alike with some impressive features. We were invited to the media briefing as well as the launch event where we learned about all of the latest advancements they’ve packed into the X-T3, and got to spend some hands-on time with the camera as well.

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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 Best Cheap APS-C Wide Angle Lenses for Landscape Photography

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Fall is perhaps the best time to get out and shoot landscape photos. Cooler temperatures make it easier for us to stay out for longer periods, and bright oranges, reds, and yellows make photographs pop. But it can be hard to find a true wide angle lens if you are an APS-C shooter. 

The seasons are changing and that means beautiful colors will soon be all around us. Fall is perhaps the best time to get out and shoot landscapes. Cooler temperatures make it easier for us to stay out for longer periods, and bright oranges, reds, and yellows make photographs pop. It can be hard to find a true wide angle lens if you are an APS-C shooter, so which lenses should you use or consider buying? If you are a APS-C user and are looking for some cheap but amazing lenses to take your landscape photography to the next level, this article is for you. Lets take a look at the best cheap, APS-C wide angle lenses for landscape photography.

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11 of Our Favorite Zoom Lenses for Landscape Photography

If you are looking to get more into landscape photography but want to avoid primes, this is the list for you

Landscape photography is an interesting niche of photography, an excellent one for the hobbyist photographers of the world. There is little money in landscape photography, so you don’t have people getting into the field chasing dreams of making it big or getting rich. You have a different sort of individual: a photographer interested in the art of the medium, the beauty of our world, and with documenting the natural beauty around us that so many take for granted. But it is also a niche where many people are ignorant to what you need to capture those amazing images we see in those travel magazines.

If you are one of those ignorant people who want to get better with their landscape photography one place you should start is with setting up a versatile landscape photography kit. Step one for that, assuming you already have a camera, is to choose a lens (or lenses if you have the budget). Landscape photography is also interesting in that the age-old adage “zoom with your feet” doesn’t really work – at least not in the spirit of that saying.

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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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Portrait Focal Lengths, Putting Myths Aside For Clarity

Surely you have run into this situation while trying to get a better handle on what sort of lenses and gear you should invest in for portraits. You have a small space and you are asking for wide angle lens suggestions and everyone goes off the deep end about not using wide angle lenses for portrait without actually explaining why; or by using over simplified responses like ‘bad distortion!’ Continue reading…