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What is a Crop Factor?

All digital cameras that don’t have a full-frame sensor are referred to as cropped sensors. It means they are smaller than a full-sized one. This difference in size will reflect a difference in your photographs.

The size of your camera’s sensor will change the focal length of any lens you use. For example, a 50mm lens will never be truly 50mm on a cropped sensor.

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Common Crop Factors

1.29x crop factor for APS-H Sensors (Canon)

1.52x crop factor for APS-C Sensors (Other Brands)

1.61x crop factor for APS-C Sensors (Canon)

2.0x crop factor for Micro 4/3rd Cameras

2.72x crop factor for Compact Cameras

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How to Work Out Crop Factor

To work out your crop factor and how it changes your focal length simply multiply


Examples of Crop Factor in Practise

50mm (focal length) x 1.29 (crop factor) = 64.5mm (equivalent focal length to 35mm/full frame)

85mm (focal length) x 1.52 (crop factor) = 129.2mm (equivalent focal length to 35mm/full frame)

100mm (focal length) x 2.0 (crop factor) = 200mm (equivalent focal length to 35mm/full frame)

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Crop Factor Applies to Zoom Lenses Too

The same goes for zoom lenses. If you have a standard kit lens (18-55mm) on an entry level DSLR camera (APS-C sized sensor) the once crop factor is applied that lens will actually be giving you equivalent focal lengths of between 27.36-83.6mm lens


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