When I first started taking photos I picked up my fathers Nikon D3000, which was a huge upgrade from using my phone / compact cameras. I decided to upgrade to the D7100 after a year which was a slight step up from the D3000, and I did the next natural step and it was to jump to a full frame sensor camera the Nikon D750.
For those who don’t know what a full frame sensor is, it is a larger sensor that replicates the size of the 35mm film format standard. Most camera manufacturers produce an APS-C sensor which is in a large range of cameras from entry to high end film. There are advantages and disadvantages to both however, in my case of photography the ideal jump for me was to full frame.
Whilst using my D7100 I realised that there was limitations or I felt like I could use a bit more power, especially when it came down to low light performance and post processing. The D750 opened up my eyes in what I could produce and the dynamic range especially when lifting shadows/ recovering highlights. Personally I do not shoot video at all, nor do I shoot portraiture or wildlife, I mainly shoot architecture and landscapes. The extra field of view that you get from shooting full frame is super useful and definitely a big positive for anyone who shoots landscape.
I have tried to shoot some mirrorless APS-C cameras from Sony/Fujifilm over the years but I could never let go of my D750. Personally the peace of mind of the ISO performance, dynamic range and flexibility keeps me going back. I can’t speak for everyone on whether full frame is better than APS-C, as everyone has different preferences and uses for cameras. In saying that it has changed the way I shoot and has provided me with peace of mind when I shoot.
– Andrew Hoang