Crop or Crap?

Crop or Crap?

Zack Arias Tackles The Question Of Full Frame vs Crop Sensors


As mentioned in previous posts, I’m a Zack Arias fan. I enjoy his teaching style, and his no bull**** attitude.

I found his latest video humorous as well as informative, as it seems this topic is always brought up in photography forums over the debate on crop APS-C versus full frame sensors.

Little bit of background on me…

When I first started shooting with a DSLR, I started with a Rebel XS 10 megapixel “crop” APS-C body. I loved it. I was happy with the image quality (coming from digital point and shoot cameras and film cameras). I slowly moved from one body to another, going from the Canon Rebel to a 40D, then a 50D, and finally to a 5D Mark II. It seemed like with each new body, the camera was getting bigger and bigger. The image quality the 5D II produced was amazing, I don’t doubt that. However, becoming a dad was, I wouldn’t say a difficult transition in a bad way, but it took some serious adjusting. No longer was I lugging my camera around everywhere. I was lugging around diaper bags, lunch bags, etc.

I did end up buying a Canon EOS M, and that I took everywhere with me. It was compact and produced terrific image quality. It literally replaced my 5D II (as crazy as that sounds), but I still kept it. I was still in that photographer mindset that full frame was king. As time went on, and my 5D II sat in its bag, I decided to jump ship, and go all in for Fuji after reading so many reviews and image samples. I still kept my EOS M as my wife likes it. Do I miss my “full frame” 5D II? Not at all. I’m having more fun with the Fuji X-T1 than I ever had with the 5D II. It’s compact (not as much as the EOS M, but definitely smaller than the 5D II), the image quality is outstanding.

Back on track…. Zack takes on this question from an interesting perspective, comparing many of the sensor sizes currently available, and why the question of Crop versus Full Frame is a waste of air. I know there would be many that would disagree and think it’s heresy to put APS-C and full frame sensors in the same league with each other.



What’s your take? Are you a happy APS-C user? Are you a no exceptions, Full frame, and “Crop” is what I have to wipe off my @ss before I flush kind of photographer? Or are you a medium or large format shooter that shakes your head at the constant bickering of the crop and full frame shooters with a  bumper sticker that says “My camera would eat your camera whole”? 🙂


Read more on Zack’s dedpxl website.


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2 comments on “Crop or Crap?
  1. Like you I went from crop to FF and back again. My journey was 30D, 50D (2), 5D (2), 5DII w/ 1DIII then 7D, now all 7D (2). A part of this transition was to move from Canon L lenses to Sigma EX DC lenses made for crop sensor bodies. I’m particularly fond of the 10mm f/2.8 fisheye and the 30mm f/1.4.

    And I’ve fallen in love with the Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 and don’t miss my Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II which cost more than all my current lenses combined.

    PS: I had an EOS-M kit but it didn’t click for me and I traded it for my second 7D body.

    • Phillip says:

      Before becoming a dad, my kit consisted of the 5D II, and 17-40mm f/4, 24-70mm f/2.8, and 50mm f/1.2 L lenses. I was in L lens mode…nothing less would do…

      When my son was born, I sold off the 17-40 and 24-70, and for the next 3 years (up until a few months ago), my entire kit was the 5D II and 50L. In fact, most of the DSLR shots from this blog as well as flickr were from that combo.

      When I switched over to Fuji, naturally I wanted some 50mm equivalent. Instead of opting for the Fuji XF 35mm f/1.4 which was on back order for the next millennia, I bought the Zeiss 32mm f/1.8, which gave me a 48mm equivalent focal length. Oh, and by selling my 5D II and 50L, along with my 580 EX II flash, I was able to fund not only the purchase of my Fuji X-T1, but also the Zeiss 32mm, and the Fuji 56mm f/1.2.

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