SURVEY - Do FT / mFT users know the difference from "full frame"? Replies wanted!!

Started Apr 26, 2013 | Discussions thread
marike6
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Re: Yes. Subject was beaten to death before I bought my E-500.
In reply to Jon Stock, Apr 26, 2013

Jon Stock wrote:

Name one famous professional photographer from any time period who specialized in really shallow DOF.

The endless pictures posted of a closeup of a meaningless object (for example - a rusty nail in a plank of wood) with really shallow of field is as gimmicky as neon colored HDR.

There are tons of cliche images in ALL formats.  That doesn't mean there isn't a huge amount of superb work done with larger format cameras.

Besides, shallow DOF is not the only thing that FF excels at.

How about:

  • UWA lenses and no annoying crop factor
  • Super low S/NR and low-light/high ISO ability, the kind most photojournalists or wedding photographer absolutely require
  • Professional grade super telephoto lenses, 300 f/4, 300 f/2.8, 400 f/2.8
  • Matching Teleconverter for super telephotos
  • Highest possible color depth and DR save for 40,000 MF digital backs 
  • Zero noise in the sky or shadows at base ISO.  (Landscape photographer's dream)
  • Robust AF tracking typically found in FF DSLRs
  • Complete lens systems from fishes, tilt-shift, macros, f1.4 wides, f2.8 standard lenses, f1.4 or faster portrait lenses, 70-200 IS or VR, super teles
  • Modest f2.8 max aperture lenses provide very good DOF control
  • Large, bright 100% Pentaprism OVFs

It's disingenuous to suggest that shallow DOF is a gimmick that is not needed.  If it were not useful in situations like portraiture to isolate your subject, then we wouldn't see these daily threads with tons of m43 users trying to marginalize shallow DOF.  Me thinks thou doth protest too much.

"We don't need no stinkin' shallow DOF".  If you didn't, then there would be few m43 users purchasing PL 25 1.4, or Voigtlander 25 0.95 in an attempt to at least get some kind of decent DOF control.  Besides there is more to a camera system than shallow DOF or deep DOF, for that matter.

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