Are you the type of photographer who swears by his full-frame camera and can easily get into a fight with anybody denying its quality? Do you absolutely and utterly despise crop sensor cameras? You may be in for a rude shock. In this video, Zack Arias explains the futility of this snobbery:
A lot of full-frame users would say, “You know what, I just don’t want to give up the quality of a full-frame sensor.”
Well to clarify, dear full-frame user, there is absolutely no merit in you trying to bully the humble APS-C user. To drive the point home, Arias points out the differences between the different formats of film and sensors.
Back in the days of film photography there were the 35mm film cameras, then the medium format, and finally the large format, which included the 4 x 5, 8 x 10, 5 x 7 and even the 11 x 14. In those days, medium format was king. It was the most commonly used format because—believe it or not—35mm (or full-frame) was considered too small!
Even then, there were photographers who preferred not to shoot with a 645 because it was considered too small for comfort. It was sometimes referred to as the “35mm of medium format” (all of a sudden 35mm seems like a bad thing). They preferred to shoot in 6 x 7 instead.
If you’re already reeling, just don’t pass out yet. There’s more!
The 6 x 7 format, even with its large size, was not quite big enough for some photographers. They preferred shooting on the 4 x 5 format. And if that isn’t enough, some photographers wielded the heavy and intimidating 8 x 10 format cameras.
By now you are probably convinced that there is as much merit in fighting over the optical superiority of the full-frame sensor over APS-C as there is fighting over Nikon or Canon is the better camera make. As Arias reiterates probably half a dozen times in the video, the difference is negligible.
Now, if you move from APS-C to something like the 6 x 7, that’s something to talk about.
If you are still not convinced skip to 8:53 in the video and listen to how subtly Arias explains the futility of this full-frame 35mm vs. APS-C sensor comparison.
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