MFT Users: Do you miss the shallower depth-of-field of bigger sensor cameras?

Started Feb 8, 2014 | Discussions thread
zuikowesty Veteran Member • Posts: 3,859
Re: MFT Users: Do you miss the shallower depth-of-field of bigger sensor cameras?

Sean Nelson wrote:

I think you'll be disappointed with the DOF flexibility you can get with the kit lens. It's a relatively slow lens, and it gets even slower at the long end.

I do miss my larger-sensored cameras a little for DOF control. The 20mm f/1.7 gives me some relief, and it gives beautiful results under the right conditions - but it still doesn't compare to an f/1.4 lens on a full frame camera. You have to be reasonably close to your subject (maybe around 6 feet or less) in order to get decent DOF isolation from the background.

You can do a lot better with longer lenses, but their tight field of view isn't always suitable for the subject.

I have my eye on the f/0.95 17.5mm Nokton, I think that'll make me pretty happy

Having used the 2 kit lenses almost exclusively on my E-410 for 5 years, I can say it is possible to get shallow DOF if you're aware of the requirements, but it's definitely a bit more work than my 85/2 in OM days. With the 14-42, the long end wide open can be used for close portraits if the background is distant enough, with decent results. With the 40-150, it's quite easy at the long end, but this usually requires good light, and lots of room (outdoors).

Even the Bower 7.5mm fisheye I am trying out can have surprisingly shallow DOF with the subject at 6" from the lens at f3.5

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