So why don't people ever talk about the 4/3 aspect ratio?

Started Jan 28, 2014 | Discussions thread
Hokuto Veteran Member • Posts: 4,907
Re: So why don't people ever talk about the 4/3 aspect ratio?

Why don't people ask MF users whether shooting in 2x2 involves an artistic shock. Or ask Pentax 6x7 users about the sacrifice involved when switching from 135 format. Or the same for 8x10 and 4x5 large format users? The only reason the aspect ratio of 35mm (135) film came into being is because 4/3 aspect movie film was already widely available when the first Leica was designed, and the designer found it "desirable" to double the "height" of the 4/3 movie frame and make that dimension the "width" of his new camera's frame, while the width of the old movie frame became the height of the new 135 frame. There's nothing holy about it.

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