Contituation of the Versatility thread

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In reply to olliess, Apr 7, 2013

olliess wrote:

Mjankor wrote:

olliess wrote:

Mjankor wrote:

eg: FF user is going for a hike. They decide to take a 24-70f2.8 and a 70-200f2.8.

Their M4/3s using buddy going with them takes a 12-35f2.8, a 24-70f2.8, a 25mm f1.4, a 60mm macro, a 75-300, a fisheye, a flash and their lunch.

Now who's more versatile?

Terrible example. The FF lenses are 2 full stops ahead of the m4/3 lenses in equivalent aperture and match the 25/1.4 prime (but they zoom). You can substitute a 70-200/4 and still be ahead, or use even slower variable-aperture zooms and maintain equivalency. I admit that I don't know what you'd find to match the 75-300/4.8-6.7 m/4.3 zoom (f/9.6-13.4 equivalent!) on the FF side .

I thought that was actually a good example. M4/3s users generally know that they won't match FF in IQ. The compensation for that is that they get to take more toys. Thats the trade off.

Right, so for a more fair comparison you can take the FF body and slow lenses, and then you get to take more of them also.

Not really. What's the point of investing in FF and then crippling it and throwing away its advantage. You can try, but m4/3s will still end up lighter.

Trying to make the two systems equal seems silly to me. Each has different strengths and therefore each can work better than the other, depending on the situation. Trying to declare one camera better for all situations is a fools game, IMO.

So, if you want a lightweight versatile system then smaller sensors are a better option. If you want high image quality and versatility, then FF is the best choice. If you want a lightweight, versatile system with high image quality, then you're out of luck.'s gear's gear list
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