So why don't people ever talk about the 4/3 aspect ratio?

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tjuster1
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Re: So why don't people ever talk about the 4/3 aspect ratio?
In reply to topstuff, 10 months ago

topstuff wrote:

I know this is a gear forum, but the 4/3 aspect ratio is a big deal.

It is not the same as 3/2. It is not the same as a APSC or FF , or really, ANY other camera.

People come and go on this forum talking about moving to m43 so they have smaller and lighter cameras. People wax lyrical about the EM-1 as The Best Camera Ever, but no-one talks about the aspect ratio.

The aspect ratio can make a big difference to photo making. This is a creative thing we are doing, so what is the experience of people here in adapting to 4/3 over 3/2 from a creative standpoint?

Was is it hard? Do you find that you have to crop more because the format seems too square? Or do you not notice?

Or maybe you don't even really think about it and polish your shiny new gear instead?

The 4/3 aspect is a big change for some people.

I am surprised that so little talk of it takes place. Or am I missing something?

There was nothing magical about the 3:2 format; the only reason people miss it is because they are so used to it. You get used to 4:3, and, yes, often you have to crop. But then you often had to crop 3:2 as well, especially in portrait mode where I think most pictures are too stretched vertically.

I actually think 4:3 is more flexible, and definitely captures more of the image circle. I tend to like it for most pictures--maybe not so much for landscapes--but then I always crop my picture to the subject anyway.

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