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

Started Feb 8, 2014 | Discussions thread
Godfrey Forum Pro • Posts: 29,419
Re: MFT Users: Do you miss the shallower depth-of-field of bigger sensor cameras?

Great Bustard wrote:

The problem is that you can't always get what you want (I believe the Stones wrote a song about that ). So, you change the focal length, subject distance, f-ratio, and shutter speed until you arrive at the best compromise with the system you are using. Kinda common sense, really.

I always get what I want when it comes to camera equipment. It does mean that I have to have a lot of different equipment to choose from.

I'm not a fan of "magic" except as a form of entertainment. Differences between systems can be understood and quantified. Often, however, the measurements are not available (e.g. sensor efficiency, bokeh, etc.) so you can't know what the difference might be until use and compare.

For example, let's say we know Lens A on Sensor A is sharper than Lens B on Sensor B, 'cause we've seen the MTF-50 tests. So we buy Lens A, assuming it is better, then find that it has inconsistent AF, resulting in photos that are slightly OOF, making it softer unless we manually focus it.

So, no "magic" -- just something important that wasn't measured, resulting in the opposite of what we thought was going to be the case due to insufficient information.

So you don't like magic and want to quantify and measure everything. Seems an awfully barren world to me when you reduce everything to a bunch of numbers. And I hold a degree in a mathematics...

I study and measure up to the appropriate point of understanding. Then I look beyond numbers and measurement to know the aesthetics of what I'm working with. I call that magic ... it works for me.

But this pleasant discussion has gone way off base from the question posed by the OP. "Do you miss the shallower DoF of bigger sensor cameras?" is what was asked. My answer is no, I choose to use FT for its unique FoV-DoF coupling, and choose focal lengths and lens openings accordingly.

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