Is FF sensors going to slowly phase out?

Started Apr 11, 2013 | Discussions thread
forpetessake
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it depends on your definition of 'slow'
In reply to RedFox88, Apr 13, 2013

RedFox88 wrote:

forpetessake wrote:

I don't know how the myths about FF manufacturing difficulties, size, and weight, etc. got propagated, probably because people have short memory.

film and digital

There were plenty of tiny 35mm cameras in the film days, there is nothing that prevents

But those lenses, if zooms, had slow apertures.  They forced the user to load it with 400 speed film which wasn't as good as it is today.  Many a compact 35mm film camera with 35-120mm zoom lens were often with slow f/4-f/13 maximum aperture.

Let's look at the popular Olympus OM-D with its compact kit 12-50/3.5-6.3 lens. The lens is equivalent to 24-100mm f/7-12.6 FF lens. In the old film days everybody would think the lens so slow would be unusable. But today having sensors with high QE and good noise reduction algorithms those lenses are very useable. If my NEX is still useable at ISO 3200, then FF sensor can have just as good performance at ISO 12800, and taking into account about 2x improvements in CMOS technology still available in the future, we can see FF cameras with good performance at ISO 25600. That will allow using a lot smaller lenses than we have today.

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