Is Full frame still the most versatile?

Started Mar 31, 2013 | Discussions thread Forum Pro • Posts: 11,951
Re: Is Full frame still the most versatile?

DenWil wrote:

Mjankor wrote:

zenpmd wrote:

Yes, they are big cameras, but with the constant apeture pro zoom lens they are (probably) the only lenses you will ever need. The DOF equivalent on, say, the new Tamron 2.8 24-70 will never happen on m4/3, since it would require an aperture of 1.4 throughout the zoom range, thats never going to happen!

I suppose its just a shame there is no a 2.8 constant zoom lens that extends to around 85mm on FF that allows for good portraits. 70 is too short.

It depends.

If you don't consider size, weight, or cost, then FF is the most versatile, IMO.

Size,  weight  and cost has nothing to do with the versatility of the tool itself.  I would offer that although they  might not receive 100% scores for every possible use -technically, artistically and esthetically-  FF DSLR cameras   will certainly outscore  in totality  cameras that are  smaller, weigh less, cost less  and  do less.  Probably MF cameras as well, since outside of IQ,  MF falters across the board to one degree or another compared to the levels of everything offered in a D4 or 1Dx or D800.

Very few photographers have the luxury  of an IQ first , all the time , ideology.   A 2 pound body is hardly backbreaking  but weight and size is where lots of folks are at. Unfortunately so few of those same folks will acknowledge up front that convenience is the primary criteria  through which their decisions are made.

I'd consider size and weight to be critical to the versatility of a tool that's designed to be carried.'s gear's gear list
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