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

Started Feb 8, 2014 | Discussions thread
Godfrey Forum Pro • Posts: 29,372
Re: MFT Users: Do you miss the shallower depth-of-field of bigger sensor cameras?

Great Bustard wrote:

That's the whole point: to create the appearance of a softer background. Who gives a darn whether the DoF is any different?

Well, how smoothly the subject fades from being in focus to out-of-focus is sometimes part of the appeal. For example, take a photo, lasso the subject, and blur everything else in the scene. It can look kind of contrived, sometimes, the same way as if you used a long focal length with a relatively deep DOF and a background far away (e.g. 300mm f/8). Not saying it will look bad -- just saying that there is a reason people care about DOF and not merely background blur.

Sure. Just change the focal length and subject distance until you get the result you want. What's the problem?

You need a certain amount of DoF to make the subject sharp, wouldn't want to go shallower than that.

Well, it's a balancing act, and where that balance lies depends on your aesthetics and the particular scene.

Certainly is. That's why I expand my options by having a FourThirds format camera, a 35mm format camera, and a 6x6 (film) camera, and a selection of different lenses to work with. For example:

Sony A7 + Elmarit-R 24mm f/2.8

Olympus E-M1 + ZD 11-22/2.8-3.5

Olympus E-M1 + M.Zuiko 75mm f/1.8

Hasselblad 500CM + Sonnar 150mm f/4

Each format and lens combination has its special magic. None do everything the same or best.

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