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Can The Crop Sensor Feature Be Turned Off
When Using a Certain Lens on a Camera

by John
(Weatherford Tx)

Crop Sensor Vs Full frame Angle of View Comparison

Crop Sensor Vs Full frame Angle of View Comparison

Is there a way to turn off the sensor feature so that when using a lower lens I.e. 16 mm it shoots at 16 mm and not with the 1.6 factor?

Hi John,

Thanks for your question. You want to know if you can avoid the cropping when using a 16mm lens on your camera. It's a good question, as understanding crop sensors and the effect on the angle of view you get with a given lens is confusing for sure.

You cannot turn off cropping when using any lens on a camera with a crop sensor. Crop sensor cameras have a smaller sensor. So whether you're using a Canon EF lens that has a large image circle (intended for full frame cameras, but can be used on either sized camera) or a smaller EF-S lens, either lens will give you a "cropped" view of the scene in front of you.

The solution to getting a wider view is to use a wider lens. Using a 10mm lens on your crop sensor will give you the same angle you want that you'd get using a 16mm lens on a full sized camera. 10mm x (times) 1.6 = 16mm. The Canon EF-S 10-18 Lens would do just that. Here are some worthwhile links that might help give you a better understanding of


RESOURCES ON CROP SENSORS AND LENSES


John, here are a couple of related posts that will help you understand lens sizes and how they fit crop sensor cameras. The first link is from my YouTube channel. The second two links are from my other photography website: Hope this helps.

Youtube: Canon EF-S versus EF Lenses. Ef-S "crop" lenses will only fit on "crop cameras."

What Full frame Sensors Are Versus the Smaller Crop Sensor Cameras.

What Does Crop Sensor Mean

Feel free to get back to me with any other questions.
Bruce


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