So I’ve been meaning to try this out since I bought my camera but never got around to it before – so here goes. It’s a simple little test that I looked for on-line at the time of choosing my camera – with little success – however, that was a while back!
Basically I wanted to compare different sensor sizes.
I used my 6D (full-frame) and 550D (APS-C cropped sensor) for this crop factor test to compare my lenses and show the difference that the two sensor sizes make – a x1.6 crop factor.
Here you can see the results of the two cameras at 50mm
OK, I didn’t bother focussing on the same area or using the same ISO – which in retrospect I should have done but this is really just a zoom comparison test which these shots do show quite nicely.
Then at 24mm…
and at 200mm
The cropped sensor certainly gets you in a lot closer but as you’ll see below, I need to check this carefully to see if the drop in quality outweighs the magnification.
I then tried the 10-20mm lens just on the 550D as it is a bit too wide for the 6D
which proved to be in the same ball-park as the full frame 24mm shot
and finally a couple of 100% crops of the 200mm shots – The focus wasn’t directly on this part of the chair – this test was about the size of the image not the quality – but the full frame image certainly looks sharper – which is a relief as it is a newer and more expensive camera!! – The cropped sensor it would appear does get you in closer but the quality of the image isn’t so great.