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    Default Full Frame or APS-C?

    Just wondering, anybody did a comparison for the overall cost to build up a system between full frame DSLR and APS-C DSLR for the lenses?

    As an example:

    50D
    EF-S 10-22
    EF-S 17-55 or 18-55
    EF 70-200
    EF 100 Macro
    Plus other primes

    5D
    EF 16-35
    EF 24-70
    EF 70-200
    EF 100 Macro
    Plus other primes

    (just a suggestion, anybody has better idea for the combination?)

    One of the problem about the system between FF and APS-c is EF or EF-S.
    No one is going to know how long down the road Canon will still producing EF-S.
    And for next few years, APS-c series (IMHO) might be gradually replaced by FF (FF sensor getting more and more affordable).

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    Default Re: Full Frame or APS-C?

    If you don't have the budget, stick to the crop frames.

    IF you have the budget, then jump into full frame. Note another issue, what are you shooting more? tele side or wide? If on tele, stick to crop. If wide, go to FF
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    Quote Originally Posted by james View Post

    One of the problem about the system between FF and APS-c is EF or EF-S.
    No one is going to know how long down the road Canon will still producing EF-S.

    no one knows too if canon stop FF altogether too : although slim chance

    FF need not be expensive; u can use your exist (film) lenses... although may not be as sharp for digi

    FF body is still ex though

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    IMHO I'll go for 50D if ur camera is 5D
    I agree with zac08

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    Quote Originally Posted by james View Post
    And for next few years, APS-c series (IMHO) might be gradually replaced by FF (FF sensor getting more and more affordable).

    This is a no basis asumption..... why do you think Canon will abandon crop body that making money to them?

    FF is not the best for all application........ birders and sport photojournalist will still prefer crop body......

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    In my opinion..Full frame is the direction to head for in the long run..

    DSLR and SLR is very different...for a SLR u can easily use one body for over a few centuries..whereas DSLR, have the limitation of shutter count and electronic failure..

    My suggestion is start shooting wif a cropped body first but avoid buying too much cropped lenses..
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    Quote Originally Posted by zac08 View Post
    If you don't have the budget, stick to the crop frames.

    IF you have the budget, then jump into full frame. Note another issue, what are you shooting more? tele side or wide? If on tele, stick to crop. If wide, go to FF
    any particular reason for using crop on tele .....lighter lens....?

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    Quote Originally Posted by redwine View Post
    any particular reason for using crop on tele .....lighter lens....?
    Cheaper, lighter... better picture quality when using cheaper glass...
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    Main thing is down to $$$$
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    Default Re: Full Frame or APS-C?

    so am i right to say WA shot is more demanding on the lens quality ?

    cos thinking of getting a Sigma 50-150mm or Tokina 50-135mm as a portrait lens,
    only concern is that both are crop so not so future-proof.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redwine View Post
    so am i right to say WA shot is more demanding on the lens quality ?

    cos thinking of getting a Sigma 50-150mm or Tokina 50-135mm as a portrait lens,
    only concern is that both are crop so not so future-proof.
    Yes, a wide shot is more dependent on the lens quality... esp with FF, with a poorer quality lens, you'll see the problems at the edges and may get vignetting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zac08 View Post
    Yes, a wide shot is more dependent on the lens quality... esp with FF, with a poorer quality lens, you'll see the problems at the edges and may get vignetting.
    Noted...Thanks.

    Make sense, look back my PnS WA shots, the corner are like...errr

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