« on: June 30, 2012, 08:14:28 AM »
The whole FF, APS-H, APS-C formats seems to be quite a polarizing topic. As someone who has only shot with APS-C cameras (450D &7D) and only been able to compare IQ from each format, it seems like there are advantages to each. FF for studio and landscapes, APS-C for the extra "reach" and APS-H is a compromise between the two that gives some additional reach for sports and wildlife while still delivering very good high ISO IQ (almost as good as the 5D Mark III). I understand that it was a solution for Canon when FF sensors were too expensive to produce and NOT so that they could deliver faster frame rates, as some people seem to think on here. I'd like to put in my thought sometimes but it seems like everyone gets their panties in a wad and can't keep even the most basic level of objectivity when it comes to discussing a possible return of APS-H sensors. Instantly people flame anyone who even mentions that APS-H might actually be good. Gasp!
With that said, unless Canon can improve exponentially on the sensor technology of APS-C, APS-H delivers a lot of advantages with minimal investment in R&D. I would definitely welcome a new 7D replacement with an APS-H sensor, whatever it's called. There is definitely a market for Canon to have a "prosumer" body with all the bells and whistles it currently has. The most common complaint I've heard about the 7D is IQ at both low and high ISO. What could solve this problem is a move to APS-H! It would deliver better IQ while still providing some of the reach that APS-C delivers. Yes it is a compromise but I'd see it as a very good one. A move to FF for the 7D, as some people have wanted, would require the purchase of additional glass that is way out of the budget of most serious amateurs (myself included). I have to 400 5.6. A jump up to 500 would cost an additional ~5k for a used Mk I or ~9 for a MkII. Unless someone wants to give me that money or I win the lottery, I don't see a 500 in my future any time soon.
Wow, that got long quickly. I just think people need to tone down the rhetoric a little and try to come in with a little more of an open mind. Have a good weekend.