Indeed, I dare asking that question! I know, all the neckbeards in the forums told you that without a full-frame camera you’re just a bad hobbyist and have no clue whats actually going on. For a lot of people it seems to be the first rule that without full-frame you can never take a decent picture. After all, you need that one stop of background blur. Nobody of them notices that they all blur their images way too much and that some people maybe want more than two pixels in focus especially in their portraits.
But hey, it’s probably easier to jerk off on your gear than actually think twice before pressing that shuter button. Or that a full-frame camera will eat a way bigger chunk out of your budget. Money that will be missing when you want to invest in good lenses. Or even better, run your expensive full-frame camera with shit glass and see where that brings you.
Fact of the matter is – you will probably never see the difference. Go to my portfolio right now and tell me which images are shot on a full frame camera and which one on my crop Fujifilm. You won’t be able to pull it off.
Recently I was thinking a lot of moving on to a new system with a full-frame sensor. I love my Fujis for their handling and unique image look but sometimes you just have to look over the fence. So I checked what players are on the field right now. A mirrorless camera was a must for me since I prefer a lot of its features like the electronic viewfinder and the weight savings compared to traditional dslr’s. So the first contender for the throne was the Canon Eos R. Great image quality and of course Canons wonderful selection of lenses. Then came the day I was handed the R to try it out and the R was quickly dismissed from the playing field. No joystick is a dealbreaker for me, the whole handling just felt crippled. Be aware that this could very well be through my own shortcommings, but nevertheless – not for me.
Next batter up – The Nikon Z6/Z7. Awesome list of features, handling seemed great, but once again, things just felt off. A weird new card format with cards that are expensive as fuck. No availabe battery grip. A chunky lens-adapter. So no, the Nikon did not take the throne.
Well, what else is there. Not really much. Leica has always been some elitist corner brand. Medium-format? Well maybe in the future, ironically it is Fujiflm that just release their GFX100 and sent a big shake through the camera world. But for I don’t need bigger sensors and Fujifilms wonderful cameras and fantastic lenses are by far enough to keep me happy, so I decided to pull the trigger on the crop-flagship X-T3. Stay tuned for my next article to read my thoughts about that gem!