Interesting read by Thom Hogan

Started Feb 14, 2014 | Discussions thread
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GaryW Veteran Member • Posts: 8,199
Re: I also think Thom's analysis of APS-C is incorrect

Mike Fewster wrote:

There is much in Thom's analysis I agree with, however, I think he gets APS-C scene wrong....

It was the mirrorless cameras that showed up the flaw in APS-C engineering. The APS-C (and I include mft here) sensor could give the same IQ in a much smaller package when you had a lens mount designed for the sensor rather than cobbling an inappropriate ff mount to deliver to a small sensor.

Many of lenses Thom refers to are now moving into a sort of limbo land. FF mount with APS-C sized sensors will slowly be squeezed out between cameras that are designed with appropriate mounts and bodies for APS-C sensors and bodies much the same size but with ff image capability.

The problem with that analysis is that E-mount was designed to accommodate FF, as we now can clearly see. I think the big advantage to making compact lenses for the Nex has been the shorter registration distance.

Sure, FF lenses are a bit bigger, but getting past that mirror box meant that there was a limit to how much you could reduce the camera and lens sizes.

Mike Fewster
Adelaide Australia

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