Snsor size for Auto 110?

Started Jun 6, 2012 | Discussions thread
Joseph S Wisniewski
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Sweet spots and other misconceptions...
In reply to ET2, Jun 7, 2012

ET2 wrote:

Rod Herdman wrote:

A digital 110 with that sensor would be great.

But I suspect it will never happen. They had the chance with the Q and went smaller sensor ...

In that case, they made a big marketing blunder.

True, but irrelevant.

They already had the lenses and experience behind the system.

No. They had fairly low resolution and poor performing lenses, suitable for 110 film at 1970 state-of-the-art. By today's standards, most of the lens line was junk. They picked up extra aberrations from optical designs tweaked for a non-optimally placed aperture.

They also had no aperture mechanism or autofocus mechanism.

Lens design software is so much better now, and there are so many new optical glasses and new techniques, like molded or hybrid aspherics, that designing a new line of much better primes would not be that large an effort.

Instead of Q, had they taken that route, it would have been a big hit.

Based on what market research? All we know, so far, is it would have been a hit with you. Sample size of 1.

And the 1" sensor would have been perfect, as the sensor would use the lenses sweet spot from the middle.

There is no "sweet spot": it's an urban legend, an old wive's tale. If you cut the sensor diagonal in half, you'd need a lens that was twice as sharp in the center to match the sharpness in the final picture as the lens would have working in the format for which it was designed. No lens has that high a ratio of center to 1/2 radius sharpness.

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