110 film is to 35MM as M43rd is to FF?

Started Apr 12, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: 110 film is to 35MM as M43rd is to FF?
In reply to tko, Apr 12, 2013

tko wrote:

Okay, I like to cause trouble

But think about it. With all the "is FF dead" posts around, I wonder if anyone remembers 110 film cartridges? Because the negative was exactly half the size as 35MM. Just like M43rd is half the size of FF. I seem to remember they even had some "full featured" 110 camera with enormous zoom ranges (for the times,) and even a SLR complete with motor drive:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentax_Auto_110

But who remembers 110 today? Who collects 110 cameras? Who likes the image quality? Which was pretty terrible.

Many people love film and it's capabilities. Pretty high resolution, decent noise. And it was being improved every year. Yet film couldn't overcome the disadvantages of the small format size, because any improvements could be applied to larger formats just as easily.

Most of the people posting here haven't even heard of 110, yet all of us have heard of 35MM SLRs. The larger format--the dinosaur--survived.

Yes, today M43rd cameras are much, much better than 110 film (which was limited to about 5X7 prints.) Such is the march of technology. But who knows what will happen in the future? Will people go for low cost FF or small size mirrorless?

I'd say a better comparison in terms of image quality would be cameras like the D800 being similar to medium format film and m43 being closer to 35mm.

In terms of size though I do think you have a point, its not as if there werent various very small cameras on the market during the days of film, many shot 35mm film yet dispite that the market for larger SLR's didnt vanish.

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