Is FF sensors going to slowly phase out?

Started Apr 11, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: Is FF sensors going to slowly phase out?
In reply to Erik Magnuson, Apr 12, 2013

Erik Magnuson wrote:

EinsteinsGhost wrote:

STF advantage is in bokeh [at wide apertures] But that doesn't mean the lens isn't designed to be used at anything but wide open aperture.

[Text in brackets] is mine. Isn't this true of almost all lenses?   The reason I grouped the STM with the other specialty focus lenses was that the STFness only applies to wide apertures.

It doesn't matter because the lens is different from other lenses for OOF rendering only. That doesn't mean that the lens needs to be limited to that duty. It is why the lens has f/32 when clearly, the idea isn't to minimize DOF.

The last thing one needs to worry about at these FL on pretty much any sensor is lack of DOF. The priority is reach, and speed. Not DOF control (which isn't a tall order at telephoto focal lengths).

Just ask them  (hint: I have).  Even back before AF,  blurring the background was very important to football shooters.

As I said, at these focal lengths (more so if you're shooting from the sidelines), the ability to blur the background should be least of the concerns. Primary is lighting and higher shutter speed. And if teleconverters are used. In fact, take a look at this:

Nikon D4/D800 AF Modes Disabled

Besides the issue with AF capabilities (as I mentioned earlier, a 1.7x TC on 500/f4 will get you more reach and create a more shallow DOF, but that is usually NOT the priority... speed is).

But more importantly, take note of that beautiful photograph on top of the page. Why do you think the photographer used f/8? Was "shallow DOF" trivial at this point?

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