Crop Sensor Lenses on Full Frame Cameras / crop sensor ratios with comparision chart





I usually shoot portraits and families. I finally got a Real estate photo job to get my feet wet. But I needed to look for a cheaper alternative to a wide angle lens since I didn’t wanna invest 800+ dollars in a professional grade one.


I found one! Nikon had a $200 to $300 wide angle 10 mm to 20 mm that was perfect for my budget.


But sadly when I put it on my full frame Nikon Z6 camera, I noticed that it felt more like my 24 mm than a true 10mm.

oh crop!


what just happened?


Any crop sensor lens or camera is going to crop out information out of your picture.

After much time spent looking at articles and googling the science behind this ( https://digital-photography-school.com/making-sense-lens-optics-crop-sensor-cameras/)


l realized that not one article was giving me the chart that I desired as a comparison to the different lenses and therefore frame counterpart.

so I created my own.


I can’t wait to show it to my future students who always asked me about buying crop sensor cameras and what it really looks like for the image quality.


I always tell them never to get a nifty 50 for a crop sensor camera because it’s like shooting with the 75 mm. my first lens that I always recommend for people is a 35 mm so it shoots like a 50mm.

Nikon, Sony and Pentax all have the same crop sensor factor of 1.5


Canon on the other hand is a little bit different and has a crop sensor factor of 1.6 that’s why there’s two different charts.



Since I am in Nikon Girl myself, I took some of the Nikon chart numbers and created some visuals just to give you a reference point of what each lens is doing when it is being cropped.

This is why it’s so important to know exactly what lens you need to purchase for the type of shoot that you want to do.


Always make sure you read a lot of the information on your online store item before you purchase so that you will not make the same mistake I did!

If your item says crop sensor, DX or APS-c (or anything similar), BEWARE and double check to make sure it’s exactly what you need for your job!









Christal Marshall is the owner of Virginia Photos and Films, www.virginiaphotosandfilms.com. Virginia Marketing and Media www.virginiamarketingandmedia.com and Virginia Beach Photobooth Company www.virginiabeachphotoboothcompany.com

She lives, breathes and does media and marketing pretty much 24-7 for over 14 local business through social media management, website design, photo, video or media coverage or graphic design.



She lives, breathes and does media and marketing pretty much 24-7 for over 14 local business through social media management, website design, photo, video or media coverage or graphic design.


She is a homeschool mom of three, cat lover, sushi eater and poke fan! She started her business in 2011 with nothing but a $400 camera from Amazon, now she is has been published in over 60 different blogs and websites for her media work and rank top Wedding Photographers in Virginia

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