Why insist on FF format?

Started Sep 22, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Re: OMD Vs D800
In reply to kelly15, Sep 23, 2012

kelly15 wrote:

Back in film days the main reason to have 1.4 lenses was not because of DOF but because of low sensitivity of films and dark view in the finder: do you remenber?

Shot at 1,4 or 2,0 was to be avoided because of low quality of images and insufficient DOF. Only in rare cases (almost by night) we worked so open.

I own several copies of the Nikon contest catalog of 70ies and 80ies where data are indicated and no or very few prized pictures were taken more open than f. 3.5.

That is kind of true, although lots of portraits were shot at 2.8, and avaliable light shooting often were shot at 2.0 or so. However, even at middle apertures FF often gives a slight subject isolation that creates a feeling of depth. We did not realize how important that was until the typical flat all-in-focus digital images from small sensors came.
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