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

Started Feb 8, 2014 | Discussions thread
Great Bustard Forum Pro • Posts: 38,500
Re: "Only difference?"

Nippero wrote:

Great Bustard wrote:

Nippero wrote:

All I care about is the following... I take my two cameras and point it at the same scene:

5D with 50/1.4 set at f/1.8 and ISO 800: I get a shutter speed of 1/60s

GM1 with 20/1.7 set at f/1.7 and ISO 800: I get a shutter speed of 1/60s

The only difference? 5D has paper thin DoF at these settings, GM1 doesnt.

Well, the 5D has a significantly less efficient sensor than the GM1. However, if you do as you describe with the 6D, you'll find that the 6D has less noise, which is one of the primary reasons people choose a larger format. If you compared to a Sony A7R, you'd find not only less noise but significantly more detail -- another reason many choose a larger format. So when you say "the only difference" is DOF, well, if you're comparing a FF camera from over 8 years ago to an mFT camera from now...

You'll call me crazy for this, but... I still prefer the IQ of my 8 year old 5D to my brand new GM1.

OK, you're crazy. Actually, I've heard many say that about the 5D vs 5D2, 5D3, and 6D. I suppose it depends on how you define "IQ". Here's my take on it:

Of course, this is not considering any of the fancy and helpful new features that come with modern cameras. Hell, the 5D doesnt even have Auto ISO, haha.

Sure.  I like to distinguish between IQ and operation.

Up until ISO 1600, I prefer the noise of my 5D over my GM1. Which is interesting right? Sure confused me. I was hoping the GM1 would blow the 5D away (would make me feel better about my money spent hah). But the GM1 (and m43 in general) still serve a purpose for me: portability. If I don't care about portability, then I'm reaching for my 5D.

The thing is, we talk so much about the quantity of noise, but not so much about the quality of noise.  It's not entirely subjective, either.  We can certainly discuss luminance noise vs color noise, the frequency (grain) of noise as a function of pixel count, etc.

Anyway, I'm dragging the thread further off topic, and this thread has already exploded quite a bit...

In my opinion, it's all been informative and friendly, so I think that's just fine.

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