First of all, you need to understand what the difference is in a full frame DSLR and a crop sensor DSLR. Learn the differences HERE.
The question, “Should I get a full frame DSLR camera,” is one that comes up all the time in the classes I teach as well as on forums, blogs, and all over the great and powerful Google machine. It’s a timeless question, really. There are pros and cons to full frame DSLR cameras just like any other large purchase. A ton of professional photographers use full frame DSLR cameras. As a matter of fact, I don’t know of any who don’t. Professionals most likely use full frames because of all of the features that are packed into the features menu.
First, if you are looking to buy your first DSLR camera, DO NOT buy a full frame DSLR. There are just way too many features that you can change. Just because it costs more doesn’t mean it’s going to produce better photographs for you. Actually your photographs might look worse because the learning curve of a full frame DSLR is so high. If you are a beginner and you’re looking to purchase a DSLR camera, head over to my recommended gear page HERE. and you will have three options in the beginner section of “GOOD”, “BETTER”, and “BEST” to choose from.
I, for one, am a strong supporter of using your gear until you have learned it inside and out and can no longer progress your photography with it. If you really think that you know your camera as well as you know yourself, then you have my permission to upgrade to a full frame DSLR (like you need it…)
If you are an accomplished landscape photographer, I will fully support your decision to buy a full frame DSLR camera. Landscapes are my personal passion, so I know how much the wider field of view and additional features will help you. While I still think a crop sensor can do everything a full frame DSLR can do with accessories and plugins, I still support landscape photographers if they choose to upgrade to a full frame DSLR.
If you are a portrait or sports photographer I would think long and hard about switching to a full frame DSLR unless you are taking wildly creative shots that require multiple features. For portraits and sports, I would really recommend the Canon 7d which is on my recommended gear page in the “Hobbyist” section HERE. The crop sensor will still give you a zoomed in field of view, and it is loaded with almost as many features as a full frame DSLR.
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