Small format lenses vs. Full frame lenses?

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  1. mking7

    mking7 TPF Noob!

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    Are lenses made specifically for crop sensor vs. full frame cameras or can I buy lenses for my crop sensor camera and use them if I ever upgrade to full frame?

    Say, I bought a Canon 50d and was planning to get a 5d in 3yrs or something. Could I buy good lenses now and upgrade to full frame later keeping the lenses. Or is money spent on lenses for a 50D lost money when/if I upgrade? Obviously I can sell them so it wouldn't be completely lost but you get what I'm saying?
     
  2. Dao

    Dao No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    All EF lenses from Canon will works on both cropped body and full frame body.

    i.e. EF 70-200mm F/4 will works on any Canon EOS cameras

    However, EF-S 60mm F/2.8 macro lens will only work on cropped body such as your 50D.


    Other manufacturers are the same. Tamron DII series and Sigma DX lenses are made for cropped sensor.
     
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    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    A 50D can use both EF-S and EF Canon lenses.

    The 5D can only use EF lenses, so as long as you don't buy any EF-S lenses you will be fine.

    EF-S lenses block with the movement of the mirror in 5D and up Canon cameras.

    To answer your original question: Yes, lenses are specially made for crop and ful frame lenses. The lenses made only for crop sensor cameras tend to be less expensive.
     

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