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| p.1 #16 · new cameras differentiated on variables other than IQ |
I pretty much have owned every canon camera at one time or another for the past 7 or 8 years and it seems to me that the differences today are more about things such as ISO and FPS and focus speed etc than IQ...I suppose if you blow pictures up to room-size one might discern differences in IQ between the 5D3 and 1DX and 1d4 etc but in real world performance I think the differences are so negligible that IQ is no longer a distinguishing factor......I wonder what others think or if people think I am crazy!
In the main, you are not crazy at all.
First, for the vast majority of people buying and shooting DSLRs, current cropped sensor and full frame cameras are capable of producing image quality much higher than they will ever need. It is a very small percentage, indeed, who print any of their photographs, and an even smaller group who print large enough that camera differences will make a difference - and among some of these folks the main variables are not the camera but all of the other issues that play into image quality.
I do think there is room for some photographers to think carefully about which features do and do not have value for their particular sorts of shooting. For example, the t4i (t3i, t2i) cameras can produce image quality essentially the same as the higher priced cropped sensor bodies. However, for some shooters there may (or may not) be advantages in having things like more capable AF systems and so forth.
As to full frame, I have to be honest and say that most DSLR buyers wont' ever be able to see the difference. If you work very carefully and skillfully and print rather large, full frame makes a significant difference, but if not? The differences are not invisible, but whether or not they matter in your photography can be an open question.
And, as always, while the technical quality of gear is not unimportant, what you know about seeing and creating photographs has a much bigger impact on your success as a photographer.