Depth of Field, Diffraction and Format

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Depth of Field, Diffraction and Format

I'm not a beginner but like many here have much to learn and would appreciate some insight.

Regarding shooting sternum-up headshots I want tip of nose to behind the eye sharpness. Not just "acceptably sharp" but SHARP with individual pore and hair delineation. Ideally, if a lady is wearing ear jewelry, I'd like that to be just as sharp.

I typically made pictures like this at 135mm, f/11 (for d.o.f.) on a 35mm ~36 megapixel camera. The manufacturer stated something along the lines of: "diffraction starts to occur after f/5.6." 135mm gives me the angle of view and crop that's to my taste for most subjects.

Is there a format that would give me a greater depth of field with less compromise in optics and have a similar angle of view?

Thank you.

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