Welcome, I hope you’re doing excellent. The first camera I bought was an APS-C (Advance Photo System type-C) type sensor camera. I chose an APS-C sensor body for various reasons, it was less expensive, the lenses where also more affordable, my budget and influence from friends and other photographers. However, what I never stopped to think about was what I wanted to shoot, what type of photography I was going to pursue. I mean, if you want to shoot portraits a full frame body makes more sense. If you want to shoot wildlife an APS-C sensor body, I would say, makes more sense. Yes, you can get the job done with whatever camera you have but that’s not what I’m trying to get to. That’s another topic all by itself.
An APC-C sensor body gives you certain advantages. Ej. More reach when compared to a full frame body because of the 1.5(Nikon)/1.6(Canon) crop factor, access to less expensive lenses as well as to less expensive bodies just to mention a few. However it could mean more noise/grain at higher ISO, less shallow Depth of field and in some cases, clients not hiring you just because they believe full frame means professional photographer.
I suggest you make a list of the pros and cons to determine which fits you better and consider your budget. If you ask me what I would have bought when I was starting now, I would buy a Canon 5D M1 or M2 with an 85mm f1.8 or maybe Nikon D700 with an equivalent lens considering I like to shoot fashion and portraits and any of these setups won’t break the bank and both are full frame bodies. Even today (2019) I still would buy any of these setups. Nonetheless, again, you have to ask yourself what type of photography you want to do and go from there.
These days budget is not so much of an issue if you decide to go with a full frame body, as camera companies are pretty much coming out with a new camera each year making 4, 3 or even 2 year cameras a good buy at a reasonable price. You can look on Amazon or eBay for a Canon 5D Mark II or a Nikon D600/D610. They both are around the $500 to $600 range used and sometimes low shutter actuations. I wouldn't suggest you buy a camera with more 100,000 actuations if you can't tested it physically. Soon I will be writting about what you should test on a used camera before buying it.
That's all for now. As always it is an honor to have you as my readers and remember if you have anything to add or any questions please use the comments section.
Thank you and keep shooting;
Through the Lens of an Amateur
Written by: Ricardo J Martínez