Depth of Field Difference (m43 v DX) - An Example

Started Jan 11, 2013 | Discussions thread
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m43 DoF control is very respectable
In reply to DeepBlue2, Jan 13, 2013

It's clear that any system larger than m43 will always be, more or less, flexing its muscles in terms of shallow DoF, but I think this isue is often very exaggerated.

Truth is m43 is on the large side of DoF control. I can see large (m43), larger (APS-C), very large (FF), and huge (medium format) DoF control. For practical purposes, m43 may be the sweet spot for a very respectable capability of getting reasonably shallow DoF with a modest gear size/weight. With each higher step in DoF control our system will get fatter in size and weight. We must decide when to stop. I know I'll never carry around a FF with its very big lenses even if I were rich.

Very often I see pictures that could be shot in a studio against a plain backdrop because the background is way too obliterated, then the insanely shallow DoF seems to be the main purpose of the picture. What's the point on that?

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