m43 instead of FF

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Christof21
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Re: m43 instead of FF
In reply to Caerolle, 8 months ago

Caerolle wrote:

Christof21 wrote:

- I personally believe that FF is overrated. This is better, I admit but the difference is going to decrease more and more. And FF does not perform better in low light, I am happy with f1.4, I have no need to go wider (or just for 1℅ of my pictures)

Maybe I am not understanding what you mean here, but my experience is different from that. I have a Canon 6D right now and am taking side-by-side shots with my X-E1. In my hands at least, the full-frame shots are sharper and much less noisy in general, and especially at low light, at least to my eyes (this is just opening the RAWs in Lr, no post), and in low light I get color casts in some shots from the Fuji that just aren't there in the shots from the 6D. And, I am shooting the 6D a stop down from the X-E1 to even things out a bit.

It must be a psychological effect concerning the noise, really. To be fair, you have to stop down just a little bit more than 1 stop. Do you have the fuji prime lenses with wide aperture ? If you want to go wider than 1.4 (or 2.1 in Full Frame), then I agree you can take photos with less noise  but with more shallower dof.

If there was an advantage, it would come from the smaller sensors. They tend to be slighltly more efficient. But if you see the comparisons, they are in fact very very close.

Anyway, there is a reference now about this topic:

http://www.josephjamesphotography.com/equivalence/

Don't get me wrong, I feel the shots from my X-E are really really good! But honestly, I feel they are a step below what a full-frame sensor can do. The real question seems to me to be, is it a difference without a distinction? Is it worth it to go to a bigger, heavier, much more expensive camera for that difference?

These questions apply across the range from camera phones through 4/3 through APS-C through various medium format ranges. I think those answers are different for all of us, or we would all be using the same camera. Really, as has been said many times, given unlimited funds, many or most of us would have more than one system, for different purposes, so there isn't even one answer per person.

Let's say the perfection is rated 5.

A few years ago, I would rate APS-C: 3/5 and FF 4/5.

now APS-C: 4/5, FF:4.5/5.

The perceived difference is getting smaller. This is just a simplified vision but now, when I see some photos, I wonder where there is a margin in the IQ to improve the photo !!! It is close to the perfection, technically speaking.

I agree the answer differs with the requirements of each person.

FWIW

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