m43 instead of FF

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Caerolle
Caerolle Senior Member • Posts: 3,160
Re: Can't change the laws of physics

Yes, DOF, and noise. If you don't need small DOF (or maybe even don't *want* it) and shoot in good light only, then 4/3, or even smaller may achieve 'the point' as which increasing sensor size does not help you.

For those who want smaller depth of field and lower noise, it is much easier to get there the larger the sensor. Sure, up to a certain point you can compensate with a smaller sensor and larger aperture (f/0.05 on 1/1.7" for $5000, anyone?), but in the end it is cheaper to use a larger-format system, maybe until medium format? The trade-off is size and weight too, on top of money.

My point has been we all have to determine that balance for ourselves; 4/3 is not 'too small' in any absolute sense, just as 35mm is not just about overcoming a 'sensor inferiority complex'.

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