Rethinking 4/3 Depth Of Field

Started Apr 11, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: Rethinking 4/3 Depth Of Field

This has been discussed here many times and it is true that the additional dof for a given aperture on m4/3's over a large sensor can be a plus. In reality we are talking at the limits though. As an example, shooting with a 50mm lens at F1.4 on a FF camera (with a distance to subject of 10ft) gives you 1 ft of dof. Change that lens to a 35mm and we're talking 2 ft. That's plenty to play with in most situations. The trick is to best utilise the dof in favour of what you want to achieve with any format. With FF you're in trouble at very close distances, though the effect can also be very nice if you get it right. It's just a case of pick your best compromise.

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