Misinformation about m4/3

Started Feb 14, 2014 | Discussions thread
MOD Tom Caldwell Forum Pro • Posts: 35,992
Re: Learning from the pros

Chris Noble wrote:

El Chubasco wrote:

I am taking a photography workshop and las night I found myself in a funny or frustrating situation. First, the group is about 15 people and of course, I am the only one who uses a m4/3 camera. Everyone else in the room uses nikon or canon.

Well, the funny thing started when the instructor stated that crop factor does not apply to APS sensors when you use APS designed lens. In other words, he stated that the 18mm lens of an APS canikon covers the exact same angle as if using a full frame 18mm lens in a FF camera. I tried to explain that the 18 lens in APS sensor would be close to a 28mm of FF but he refused to believe me. When I said that I use m4/3 as an example to make my point (multiplying focal length by 2) he said "well, with a micro 4/3 you have a real problem" making everyone believe that m4/3 cameras actually pose problems for photographers.

The discussion went on and it deviated in something else. I just learned that some old-fashion pros who have always used FF have no idea of what cropping factor means and how lenses compensate to sensor's size. Even worse, people have the conviction that m4/3 are "problematic" and make believe other the same. Anyway, I do not know where I am going with this, perhaps I am just venting.

I have encountered a surprising number of pros who are not experts in the technical aspects. And yet they make a living making and selling photos that people are willing to pay money for.

I assume this pro can teach you some valuable esthetic and artistic and photo business skills. And you can get your technical knowledge from DPReview.

Enjoy the course!

Good point Chris, in the end a good image is a good image no matter where it comes from or what the crop factor might be.  The fact that someone doesn't know a past participle from the plu-perfect doesn't stop someone from speaking or reading/writing his own language in understanding manner.

.... and lets not talk about "correct" spelling when the meaning is quite easily understood

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