Thin DOF: a non issue in the future?

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thxbb12 Senior Member • Posts: 1,855
Thin DOF: a non issue in the future?

I came across a very interesting article from Google research. They illustrate some clever algorithm to render a scene at different DOF and different focus distances: http://googleresearch.blogspot.ch/2014/04/lens-blur-in-new-google-camera-app.html?m=1

I have no doubt this kind of software will become mainstream in the near future. As a consequence, I wouldn't be surprised if very fast lenses were to become very rare. Perhaps very small and slow zooms will become the norm. High ISO (such as ISO 16000 or 32000) will be so good that we won't need fast glass, allowing for very small lenses.  Similarly, since DOF will just be selectively applied through software, there won't be a need for large, fast glass to exist.

If we continue this reasoning, larger sensors won't have much of a reason to exist, except perhaps for very specialized jobs such as huge prints...

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