What really makes big sensors produce more appealing images? *Serious*

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knickerhawk
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Re: you did brought it up . . .
In reply to tko, 9 months ago

tko wrote:

You're asking us to move on about an issue you brought up in the first place

The background blur is given by diameter of the front objective, or the FL divided by the F-stop

Oly = 75 mm / 1.8 = 42mm

Canon = 135mm / 2.0 = 68mm

If you don't care about an additional 62% blur, you're unlikely to care about any of the other technical benefits either.

Ummmm...the shot was taken at f/2.5, not f/2.  The Oly 75mm is about a 1/3 of a stop off, which is hardly enough of a difference to argue about, but if it's really so fricking critical for what makes the shot "special" then use an an 85mm f/1.8, f/1.4 or f/1.2 adapted by a Metabones Speedbooster and you're good to go.

But I do kind of agree with you, and you can check my original response to this thread. The more experienced photographers do tend to use the best equipment, resulting in images that are better than what the better equipment alone would warrant. Odds are, the same photographer could produce stunning images with a smaller camera. But why would she want to?

Agreed on the vital importance of the photographer.  Way too often we see photogs draw a false correlation between the quality of the work they admire and the equipment used to create the admired work.  As to why your experienced photog might want the smaller camera, there are a number of reasons.  If she doesn't need to print big, if she more often needs more DOF than less, if she needs to pack light, if she wants the inbody stabilization applied to her favorite manual lenses, if she appreciates the benefits of an EVF, if she mixes macro work in with her precious dog-and-child work...

These are all possible reasons why bigger isn't always better (and sometimes is downright worse).

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