Crop or Crap: A Rational Dissection of the Full Frame vs. APS-C Argument

Zack Arias is back again with another nail-meets-head analysis of our world or photography today. This time around, he’s addressing the incessant argument of APS-C vs. full frame cameras.

Zack is a huge proponent of Fuji’s new X-Series cameras and lenses. Lately, he’s been all about the X-T1, which has received nothing but rave reviews since it was released.

Fuji, in general, has been knocking it out of the park with its entire APS-C line of X-Series cameras. And, it seems like each one is getting better. Expect to see more from Fuji at Photokina in September.

Likewise, there are plenty of solid APS-C and Micro Four Thirds cameras from Sony, Panasonic, Olympus and so on. If APS-C floats your boat, then by all means climb aboard. I think Zack’s overall points are well made. It really boils down to what tool works for you and your needs.

I am frequently asked about recommendations for cameras by a variety of users. Just in the past month in one-on-one conversations, I’ve recommended Sony APS-C and full frame, Canon’s 6D and 70D, Panasonic GH4, GoPro and Sony RX100 models to different people based on their skill levels and intended uses.

What’s your take on the APS-C vs. Full Frame argument?

Lensbaby Releases 5.8mm f/3.5 Circular Fisheye Lens

Lensbaby 5.8mm f3.5 Circular Fisheye Lens

Lensbaby has announced a new 5.8mm f/3.5 Circular Fisheye lens for Canon and Nikon APS-C DSLRs. It’s a manual focus lens with a close focus distance of 1/4″. The lens barrel features a focus distance scale and hyperfocal scale.

The lens produces a complete circular inside the image sensor frame with a 185° angle of view.

The Lensbaby 5.8mm f/3.5 circular fisheye lens retails for $299.95. Check it out here at B&H Photo.

Sony A3500 Announced, But Only for Australia

Sony A3500

Sony has taken official wraps off of the A3500, which was leaked last week. The camera seems to simply be a rebadge of the current A3000 model with a lower caliber kit lens.

The 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens in the A3000 kit offers image stabilization, while the 18-50mm f/4-5.6 kitted with the A3500 is slower (at f/4 on the wide end) and is not equipped with optical image stabilization.

The A3500 retails for $499AU only in Australia for the time being. Meanwhile the A3000 (with a better lens) remains a ridiculous bargain at $294 for its current sale price and is on backorder because of it. Even when it’s not on sale the A3000 retails for only $399.