Any Advantage to Full Frame?

Started Aug 26, 2014 | Questions thread
Matsu Senior Member • Posts: 2,026
The same as film
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A larger recording surface allows for larger reproduction and more overall dynamic range.  That being said, at least on visual inspection, smaller sensors seem able to produce output with similar real world detail to larger film formats.  4/3rds and APSC easily do the work of most of the best 135 format films.  Whether 135 format films were really any good for anything much larger than 8x10 depends on what you were shooting and how you were enlarging it.  Some people have beautiful 20" wide prints from 35mm (135 format) film.

Whether or not we get small cameras and lenses built around certain sensors has less to do with the sensor and more to do with the design and marketing goals of the company.  For years there small 135 format cameras and lenses, including SLRs.  These seem to have fallen out of fashion when camera makes decided that bigger cameras and lenses looked "more pro", but smaller full frame glass still exists.  A number of primes from 28 to 135mm aren't obtrusively large.  Many are older manual focus or "AF-D" designs, but most still work just fine.

Most cameras with a 4/3rds, even 1", or larger sensor are good enough to get sharp detailed shots in a variety of conditions.  In the future people will choose bodies and glass that produce a look they're after, rather than a minimum size that's finally good enough to print a certain size, X.

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