Why insist on FF format?

Started Sep 22, 2012 | Discussions thread
bobn2
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Re: Why insist on FF format?
In reply to marike6, Sep 23, 2012

marike6 wrote:

OMG, does a day ever go by when m43 fans are not trying to rationalize their choice of gear with comparisons to larger formats?

The problem is the persistence of Olympus' original marketing, when they declared Four Thirds to be the 'Full Frame' of the digital age, and many people have bought into the system because they believed what Olympus said. To be fair to Olympus, it was a good concept, in many ways designed around the idea of 'equivalence' - that is, if you set out to take the same photo, if you can take it, it doesn't intrinsically matter what size the sensor is, the result will be the same, given that digital enlargement is lossless. The problem really is a bit of a lack of vision as to the range of photos people might want to take. In particular, shallow DOF is a look many like, and FT as the system developed cannot go where FF goes, and also people seem to want to take pictures in low light. While FT has achieved its original objective, and easily surpasses 135 film in that respect, it hasn't and will never surpass 135 digital.

However it is a perfectly fine system, and so long as your range of photos fits within it, a very good choice. It's just people want to say Olympus was completely right. They weren't, just mostly right.
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