There is no magical size/weight advantage

Started Mar 5, 2014 | Discussions thread
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tko Forum Pro • Posts: 11,300
you shouldn't - smaller formats typically have bigger lenses
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Nikon 105mm f2.8 Macro (3.3x4.6in) vs Pana 35-100mm f2.8 (2.7x3.9in) again, advantage smaller format

The Nikon is for FF. The Pana is a 2.0 crop. The Panasonic is functionally and practically equivalent to F5.6 on FF.

Imagine that. A F5.6 lens is slightly smaller than a F2.8 lens. Actually, because of the slow speed, the Panasonic should be smaller that it is. It's a rather large lens for F5.6. To put this in context, the Panasonic should have half the front objective diameter, but it only manages to reduce the size by 20%.

Note: For the non-believers in equivalence, F-stop is a ratio scaled to sensor size. Half the sensor size, half the lens size for the same F-stop. Everything scales, and indeed, at the sensor level you get similar performance. BUT the smaller sensor has to be magnified more for the same print size, leading to more visible noise and other aberrations.

So, performance isn't the same between the Nikon and Panasonic - how could it be with half the diameter of the front element? Unless you believe a F2.8 cell phone lens acts just like a F2.8 FF lens.

I've found that for equivalent performance, the smaller formats typically have larger, heavier, and more expensive lenses.

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