Some dumb questions I have been wondering about

Started Mar 28, 2013 | Discussions thread
lukaw
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Square format Superiority
In reply to Wellington100, Mar 28, 2013

Wellington100 wrote:

1) Why are camera sensors not square? Surely a square sensor is the most efficient way to get the best out of a lens?

2) Does using a Polarising filter reduce the Dynamic Range of an image taken in sunlight with a digital camera?

3) Why do most cameras have IQ reducing AA filters when the few cameras that don't have them jump in IQ and moire is nowhere to be seen in 99.99% of the images?

4) What is the optimum resolution for small camera sensors? High resolution sensors seem to add significant file size for little discernible improvement in resolution, so what is the cut off for a functional and well rounded small sensor?

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A square sensor would be the most versatile format and more expensive than the rectangular.  The reason that the rectangular format rules is its clientale, amateur photographers. High end pros had been using a square format for the last 70 years (at least).

Photographers that worked with square format, appreciate its advantages and the level of creativity and versatility it offers.

You can read more about it at the following sites:

http://photo.tutsplus.com/articles/theory/a-guide-to-producing-beautiful-square-format-images/

http://digital-photography-school.com/five-reasons-to-love-the-square-format

http://gilly-walker.com/2011/05/square-shooter/

http://www.ephotozine.com/article/understanding-square-format-18005

http://bandh.tumblr.com/post/10244505807/three-reasons-why-square-format-images-have-so-much

I just named a few sources, if you go on line, there is a wealth of info describing advantages of shooting square format.

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