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Crop, is it really crap?

Crop, is it really crap?

A question I see all the time is if it is worth the money to upgrade to a full frame body or invest in glass for your apsc or dx body. Just under a year ago I went from shooting a Canon 60d to a 5d mkii. I will go over the pros and cons of upgrading and my final verdict. I was lucky enough to pick up my 5dmkii really cheap which made my decision easy. Do I regret it? There’s only one way to find out.


Pros to upgrading to full frame.

-       Much improved lowlight performance

-       Enhanced image quality

-       Better autofocusing (for the most part)

-       Better ergonomics for people with huge hands like me

Cons to upgrading to full frame

-       Lenses quickly get very expensive

-       Crop sensors are generally more forgiving to lower quality lenses because they have produce a lower quality image (in most cases)

-       With the above, there is a lot more lenses available as you can use full frame and crop lenses on crop bodies

-       CF cards used in most full frame cameras are sooo much more expensive than SD cards used by most crop bodies

With that I’ll say this, a lot of people don’t need the quality from a 35mm full frame sensor. If I had the choice between spending around $2400 for a canon 6d with a compatible lens vs spending that much on some crop lenses, well $2400 goes a long way especially for sigmas new f1.8 zooms. So with that, I would probably stick to crop and buy some lenses. 

At the end of the day, practice is more important than gear, always keep that in mind.

Thanks for stopping by.


Alek Hoskins