Why are Micro-4/3rds lenses SO MUCH SHARPER than full frame ones? Don't believe me?

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AndyGM Contributing Member • Posts: 698
Re: Why are Micro-4/3rds lenses SO MUCH SHARPER than full frame ones? Don't believe me?

I use FF and m43 and while most m43 are really sharp I wouldn't dump my FF gear yet

You have to take DOF and the advantage of the sensor size into the equation. I was for a week in New Zealand and had my Canon FF and Oly E-P5 with me and for the trip I have shot about an equal amount of pictures and when I came home to do my general post I have to say after seeing plenty of pictures side by side of the same locations, I liked the FF images more. They have this extra bit of pop and felt just more 'real'.

So no hard feelings. I like my m43 gear and love using it but there are differences beyond sharpness.
In fact I don't have sharpness issues at all with my FF gear. Check this out http://www.flickr.com/photos/lighthunter_de/12689531993/ (Canon 5D2 with Sigma 35 Art wide open).

Stopped down lens plus base ISO on Full Frame = more dynamic range and smoother, less noisy images = more pop and more real.

I still wouldn't buy one though, because I value having a small sized system.

You can get smooth looking images with "pop" from m43, but it takes more post processing work - that shot of Annapurna in Nepal done on an E-PL1 with the Samyang fisheye, that ended up in National Geographic, is a good example.

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