So you think you need to move up to a full-frame sensor camera? 

May I ask why? 

Is there something your current APS-C, or “Crop” sensor camera doesn’t do that a camera with a full-frame sensor will? 

Is it because all of the “experts” on the interwebs say that you should? (Yes there are good reasons to upgrade, but do they apply to you?) 

Is it because they say only a full frame camera has the high ISO performance you need? (To that I say, stay tuned…)

Been there.

I’ll admit, I graduated from using crop sensor cameras, (Canon 40D, 7D, 7D MkII), to the full-frame Canon 5D MkIII, and at the time I was extremely happy with my choice. 

That was until a little over two years ago when I discovered, and fell in love with, Fujifilm X-Series cameras. I discovered them by accident while searching for something smaller and lighter to take on a trip to Disney. I ended up purchasing a used Fuji X-Pro1 along with their amazing 18-55 lens, and the rest as they say was history.

Long story short, by the end of that 10 day trip to the Magic Kingdom I knew my days lugging around a big heavy full-frame, full-size DSLR were over. 

The “Downgrade” that changed my life. 

I say “downgrade” because that’s what some might consider moving from a full-frame DSLR back to a camera with an APS-C, or crop sensor. But you know what? It’s been just over two years since the big camera bag shake-up and so far there hasn’t been a single instance where I thought,

“Geez, if only I had a full-frame camera.”

For these past two-plus years 99+% of the images I’ve posted here and on my fan page have been captured using a lowly crop sensor camera, often with the ISO cranked right up to whatever I needed it to be to get the shot. 

Could any of you tell? Without looking at any of the file information was there something about these images that made them “less than” because they weren’t captured on a full-frame sensor? 

I came to realize one thing during my time with the Fujifilm X-Series, I never needed a full frame camera. 

You probably don’t either. 

6 thoughts on “Full Frame vs Crop Sensor, Does It Really Matter?

    1. You’re very welcome. Sometimes there are very good reasons for “better,” but when it comes to the actual “Art” of photography having the latest and greatest (and most expensive) gear usually isn’t the answer. The photographers time would be better spent improving their craft, rather than thinking about buying a better camera in hopes that the camera will do it for them.

    1. Because the online forums are full to overflowing with people telling you that you need the best gear money can buy.

      When I was deciding between the 7D MkII and the 5D MkIII, I lost count of the number of “you have to go full-frame” replies I got. For the record, the ONLY reason I finally decided to go with the 5D MkIII was that the 17mm tilt-shift lens I had wasn’t going to be wide enough on a crop sensor camera for some upcoming work I had at the time.

  1. The only “full frame” camera I have ever owned was a Pentax P3 35mm film camera I bought for a college (the late 80s) photography course. If I were to “upgrade” to a larger sensor format it would be to a medium format sensor, aka “real” full frame.

    1. I’m right there with you! If I could justify the cost I’d have the Fujifilm GFX in my shopping cart right now. I mean if I’m ever going to go back to carrying a bigger, heavier camera again, it might as well be medium format.

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