Lucy Brown wrote in post #16001411
So you don't feel any compromise with the 5d3 vs the 7d? Other than the reach advantage obviously. From the image samples I've seen the IQ of the 5d3 seems obviously better. Even the 6d threads I've gone through the image samples seem better than the 7d. That's what has really gotten my interested in FF.
From what I've seen, the difference in images posted to the forum are almost entirely attributable to the differing capabilities of the photographers in question, rather than the camera body they're using. The one exception to that is when a photographer makes really good use of ultra-shallow depth of field. That's generally not something that can be replicated on a crop camera.
Beyond that, you have to see large versions of the shots to really see the image quality differences, or in the case of high-ISO shots, you have to either be examining images of the same scene taken by both cameras or examining batches of them (so as to get a "feel" for the differences).
Don't get me wrong, the image quality of full frame is better than what you'll get from a crop camera, but you have to look really closely to see that unless you're talking about depth of field differences (full frame wins there for wide angle and prime work).
It's funny. I've been shooting crop cameras for a long time (well, since the 30D came out, at any rate), and have a (hopefully) decent understanding of the physical mechanisms behind this stuff, and on that basis, I've been saying the above for quite some time. Then I started shooting full frame and you know what? I haven't changed my views. The one thing I will say about full frame is that it is impressive how easy it is to capture excellent sharpness and detail. With a crop camera, you have to have really good glass (but such glass nowadays is common, so this isn't the problem it used to be). With a full frame camera, well, you basically just need glass!