Is FF sensors going to slowly phase out?

Started Apr 11, 2013 | Discussions thread
Erik Magnuson Forum Pro • Posts: 12,247
Re: Is FF sensors going to slowly phase out?

dpyy wrote:

I read that thread, but no one really had a really good explanation of why FF is needed.

Need is relative - FF offers the following advantages

  • About 1.5 stops noise
  • Large optical viewfinder
  • Unique lens options (although adding a speed booster fixes some of this if you have mirrorless. But not with useful AF or optical finder.)

The only recurring answer that seems to be consistent is the need of extreme dof. Really? Can a sensor format be really be sustained by the demands of dof alone?

Sony/Minolta made the 135mm STF, Nikon makes the 105 and 135mm defocus control lenses, and both Canon and Nikon make 200mm f/2 lenses.  Obviously, there is some demand for extreme DOF.

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