Is FF sensors going to slowly phase out?

Started Apr 11, 2013 | Discussions thread
Erik Magnuson
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Re: Is FF sensors going to slowly phase out?
In reply to dpyy, Apr 11, 2013

dpyy wrote:

I read that thread, but no one really had a really good explanation of why FF is needed.

Need is relative - FF offers the following advantages

  • About 1.5 stops noise
  • Large optical viewfinder
  • Unique lens options (although adding a speed booster fixes some of this if you have mirrorless. But not with useful AF or optical finder.)
The FF cameras from Canon/Nikon are mature, well tested, and comprehensive systems (example: flash capability )  Why would they go away?  

The only recurring answer that seems to be consistent is the need of extreme dof. Really? Can a sensor format be really be sustained by the demands of dof alone?

Sony/Minolta made the 135mm STF, Nikon makes the 105 and 135mm defocus control lenses, and both Canon and Nikon make 200mm f/2 lenses.  Obviously, there is some demand for extreme DOF.

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