Full Frame v Micro Four Thirds II...another interesting reading..

Started Oct 22, 2013 | Discussions thread
marike6 Veteran Member • Posts: 5,088
Not really...

daddyo wrote:

Twenty five years ago, when I first got into wedding and portrait photography, it was accepted knowledge that a real 'pro' wedding photographer shot with medium format equipment. 35mm was really only used by photojournalists and the casual non-pro shooter. Real wedding photographers carried a huge camera bag or case loaded with MF bodies, backs, etc. -- or so the sales pitch went.

Even wedding magazines and venues prompted brides to look for photographers using MF cameras, to separate the 'real' wedding pros from weekend warriors.

There was a studio here in Austin that started using and promoting use of 35mm cameras for weddings. Their rational was that for wedding work the 35mm gear was lighter and more portable and actually produced results that were indistinguishable from albums and prints (including wall portraits) made from MF cameras. They would show up at 'bridal shows' and display comparison prints in large sizes to make their point. They were summarily scoffed at by most of the pro wedding shooters around, and particularly by non-professional enthusiasts who understood what a real pro should use.

Sound familiar?

Today, most people would probably consider the owners of that studio visionaries!

Fortunately, those poor guys didn't have to contend with forum static from all the naysayers.

Here we are, haggling over the same nonsense today -- only the size comparisons have dropped down a notch.

A true professional in any field uses what works best for getting the job done with quality results. If a professional photographer feels that lugging large DSLR's and big lenses to every shoot is a necessity, that is their choice. But ultimately, most clients are interested in results not equipment.

And here you are using phrases like "lugging large DSLR's and big lenses", an almost identical characterization as the your description of "huge" Medium Format kits that only "real wedding photographers" in your first paragraph.

I always get a kick out of the way some mirrorless fans talk like "big" f/2.8 pro-grade zooms are the ONLY lenses available on FF. There are tons of small, lightweight primes, f/4, and variable aperture zooms are available for DSLR systems, but anytime a mirrorless fan wants to make his/her case, the big, 70-200 f/2.8 paparazzo lens is dragged into the discussion.

The fact is the difference in weight between the average FF DSLR like the Nikon D610 or Canon 5D III and many high end mirrorless cameras like the EM-1 is only 200-300 grams. This weight difference is far less than the difference between the typical SLR and a medium format camera like the Mayima RB67, Pentax 67 or a Hasselblad H5D, which weighs a whopping 5 lbs (2.29 kg) body only.

Sorry to be blunt, because I use mirrorless camera and see their benefits. But crop sensor mirrorless proponents are not "visionaries" because they have decided that saving a few hundred grams while ultimately sacrificing IQ is no big deal. They just don't want to carry slightly heavier cameras and lenses if IQ and feature are good enough for their needs.  It's as simple as that.

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