Misinformation about m4/3

Started Feb 14, 2014 | Discussions thread
ernstbk Veteran Member • Posts: 3,075
Re: If you have read it ..

Sergey_Green wrote:

jeffharris wrote:

Ignore the insufferable blowhard!

The book is excellent.

Tell us how it is on FT format, just few extracts


... at wide open aperture of f/4, the sunflower is isolated - in effect, it's all alone - but at f/16, due to increase in the dpeth of field, it has quite a lot of (background) company.

Looking at that picture clearly f/16 is not where the mFT aperture would be, and neither would it sufficiently isolate the sunflower at f/4 on mFT (f/8 FF equivalent).


Clearly a picture of crashing surf taken at f/4 and 1/500 sec would capture action stopping detail of the surf as it hits the rocks; a correct exposure using f/22 at 1/15 sec would capture less action stopping detail and show the surf as a far more fluid and wispy, somewhat angelic element.

Again, if this was f/22 on mFT, what would it be like with FF format? Do you even use f/22?

story-telling composition... focusing all objects from near to far... relies on maximum depth of field, you would first choose to set your aperture to f/22 and then align distance above your distane-setting mark on the lens.

Story telling at f/22 with mFT? - Wonder what else one could learn from it.

These are only random extracts, and if you truly are just learning, it will confuse jesus out of you. Even if you already do know and understand what the crop factor is, try the same shutter speed for the same framing (with different focal lengths), see how this works out for you.

No-one is saying it is not a good book, or it is not worth having, but you really have to think and understand what the settings mean, and the settings with examples is pretty much how the book goes by.

So if you do have it, what do you learn for it? Please share.

It is a "historic" document, published in 2004, at the time when 135 film was still widely used and at at time the first 43 cameras were coming on to the market. Therefor it is no surprise that it the format is not mentioned as 135 was normal at that time. But it is still valuable if you know what changes using a smaller format.

I have another very interesting book "The 35mm Handbook" by Michael Freeman, published 1980. Even so it is 35 years old it still contains valuable information that applies to any format, not just 35mm.

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