Misinformation about m4/3

Started Feb 14, 2014 | Discussions thread
Martin.au Forum Pro • Posts: 13,238
Re: I would add few more points ..

Sergey_Green wrote:

RoelHendrickx wrote:


Both totally moot points and besides the point I was making.

Settings differences are clear on any camera if you teach it competently.

It is not that they are clear, but whether they are as easily observable. And I think the best lens to start with would be the ubiquitous 50/1.4. It is cheap, it is available, and there is no brand that does not have it.

Just concentrate on basics, and do not worry what it is like on the other formats.

The basics are the same on other formats.

Well, kind of. Just think about it, most standard mFT lenses are in f/3.5 to f/5.6 range. There are also f/6.3 and f/8, but let's forget about those. Now we have a standard lens on a camera that is equivalent to f/7.1 to f/11. Stop it down further, what difference does it make? Open it up more, it does not do it. And so how do you go about explaining those basics without showing them.

I just hope that the course was artistic and not technical, so that the OP did not waste his money.

Either way with FF dSLR is easier to see what means what, as it can do everything the cropped formats can. It is not the other way around unfortunately.

But still: the point is that it is a lazy teacher who wants to teach what is "easier to see" and does not show and explain also what different settings mean for the pupil's system of choice.

I would not call it "lazy". Asking each student what format he or she has, and then explaining their settings individually is rather unfair to the rest of the class.

If you can't demonstrate DOF changes on a M4/3s with a kit lens, you have a problem. IMO, you should be able to demonstrate that on most compacts with a reasonable zoom range.

Perhaps I need to learn more about these photography courses. I'd expect a course to demonstrate the  fundamentals of photography, effects of aperture, iso, shutter speed, etc and how they relate, as well as the artistic aspects. All of that should be able to be taught across most camera formats. I guess if the course is built around "how to take portraits", or something, using a standard array of settings, then I can understand sticking with a single format. Can't really see the point of that sort of training though.

Of course, if the demonstrator doesn't understand crop factor, then all bets are off.

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