TWiP Family 046: Your Gear Questions with Paul Friedman

On this episode: your gear questions with Paul Friedman. I spoke with Paul on episode 42 about his camera and lens rental company, Lens Pro To Go. I asked you for your questions about gear and you sent them in. (Thank you!)

Our first question was from Anandi. She wonders if upgrading to a full frame camera will make a difference to her as an amateur family photographer. Next, we have a question from Wilson. Should he buy less expensive lenses made for a crop sensor or full frame lenses?

Jeremy wonders if the name brand lenses are worth the extra expense. And, finally, we have a question from James about lens is good for a family photography on a micro four thirds camera.

I also ask Paul about calibrating lenses and a business question from my husband, Steve, about how Paul got the money for the inventory he started his business with.

Finally, I tell Paul what happened when I took my Canon 7D in an Outex cover underwater in Grand Cayman. I ended up with a waterlogged camera but got these shots before it leaked.

If you are considering upgrading your camera, renting the camera you’re thinking of buying is a great idea. Because my backup camera, the 7D is out of commission, I’m looking for something to replace it. I rented a Canon 5D Mark3 from Lens Pro to Go to check it out. But since I don’t have much invested in Canon maybe I should try a Sony?

Use the offer code TWIP10 for 10% off your rental.

This is the video from Lens Pro to Go Paul told us about explaining sensor size.

If you have a question for this family photography podcast, a gear question, a guest suggestion or a topic you’d like to hear about on TWiP family – email me –

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Next week, I’m sharing my conversation with mother, photographer and teacher – Yan Palmer.

  • Sorry but there is a lot of misleading information in this podcast. Yes, if you put a 50mm lens on a full-frame it will look different than if you put it on an APS-C, that’s because it gives you a different perspective. There is nothing magical about the FF sensor. You put a 35mm lens on the APS-C and it will give you the same perspective as the 50mm on the FF. You make it sound like everyone should aspire to upgrade to a full-frame system, I don’t think that’s true but it would certainly be convenient for the dude who rents-out FF lenses.

    “I miss the wide angle, you can only go so wide on a cropped sensor”. That’s only because you are using FF lenses. Get yourself a Fujifilm X camera or a Micro Four-Thirds camera and you’ll get lots of excellent wide-angle options.

    “You should buy FF lenses so you can upgrade to a FF camera in the future”. Going to full-frame isn’t necessarily an upgrade. When you look at the size, weight and cost difference, for most people a smaller sensor and a mirrorless camera provide lots of advantages, and unless they want to make giant prints (36″ and up), they’ll never see the difference in image quality.

    I myself I’m moving down from a Nikon FF system to a Micro Four-Thirds. I have a big Nikon DSLR with the trinity of f/2.8 pro zooms and you know what? That system almost never leaves my home, it’s just too bulky and heavy. I can sell all that gear and buy myself an equivalent Olympus MFT system with pro glass that is 1/3rd the size and weight and less than 1/2 the price and has many features my Nikon doesn’t have and I’ll have money left-over for a second body or maybe a photo trip somewhere. I can throw that camera with a small prime in my laptop bag or carry the whole kit in a small bag that weighs just a few pounds.

    I think this was bad advice, especially for your average “family shooter” who just wants to take photos of their kids.

  • Hi Sylvain,

    I appreciate your feedback on the episode. Like anything in life, much of our opinion is from our experience. I have very limited experience with micro four thirds cameras – and so – maybe gave bad advice to an average family shooter.

    You are not the first person who has talked about how much they love their smaller camera and leaves their big camera at home these days. Things are shifting these days.

    Again, thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts on the episode and thanks for listening,


  • Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed this episode, particularly the casual and fun banter between you two. I had many of these questions when I first started out as a photographer and I kind of wish I could go back several years and have my past self listen to this 🙂 I really like All About the Gear but the non-technical nature of what you two were discussing here (basically the nerdy details of sensor sizes and camera choices) made it really fun to listen to.

  • “There is nothing magical about the FF sensor.”

    You’re right about that, but I know what Jenny was saying when she mentioned that in the episode. She said there’s just something about the look of full-frame, and even though there might not be on a technical level I certainly do notice a difference in my shots on FF compared to crop. It’s largely due to the shallower DOF you get when shooting the same composition as you might on a crop sensor. Between that and the better high-ISO performance over crop and MFT bodies I, for one, am glad I made the upgrade.

    I can certainly see your point though, and for the casual shooter who just wants better pics of their kids a cheaper MFT system with a nice prime lens would be smaller, cheaper, and certainly get the job done.

  • Thank you, Simon. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it. I was surprised in the first episode with Paul how much fun it was to talk to him about gear – which I don’t usually do. I loved talking to him again for this show too.
    Thanks for listening,

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