Is Full frame still the most versatile?

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Re: Is Full frame still the most versatile?

zxaar wrote:

Mjankor wrote:

zxaar wrote:

jonrobertp wrote:

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. ...

What ???   lol...they most certainly do...have a LOT to do with the tool. Do you carry a floor jack in the trunk of your car ?   Do you take an 18 cu.ft. fridge with you on an afternoon picnic ?   Small is nearly always many items, including most photographic equipment. (except reflectors)    etc....

But you can take your FF when you go out for picnic. I would argue, there is not a single place where if you can take m43 you can not take FF.  FF is heavier compared to m43 but it is not a fridge so your point is not admissible in the context of discussion.

And you'd be wrong.


Well, a really obvious example these days is concerts - where people with M4/3s can get in, even with telephoto lenses, but the "Pro" FF cameras are stopped at the door.

Other than that, there's heaps of examples. I used to use a small DSLR and often it would be left behind during fieldwork and suchlike simply because it was too big.

Clearly, there is not agreement here on this thread as to how the OP defined his term "versatile".

OP clearly saying that the types of photos you would be able to take with FF.

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.

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