Exchange Sony A7R IV with GFX 50S?

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Velocity of Sound
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Double standards

Erik Kaffehr wrote:

It is obvious that larger size has an advantage. But the 44x33 mm sensor is just 1.68 times the area of the the 24x36 mm sensor. Going from APS-C is 2.25X, a much larger step. The 1.68X size is equivalent to 2/3EV advantage.

I am a dual-system shooter with µ4/3 (Olympus) and Fuji's GFX system.  The µ4/3 system (and the 4/3 system before it, which I was shooting with for about a decade prior to "upgrading" to the newer mount) were always trashed based on sensor size.  It's a bit better these days but people talked about APS-C as being far superior to 4/3.  Yet the size difference (based on a multiplier) between 4/3 and APS-C is about the same as the difference between "full frame" and "mini medium format."  If there's a significant difference between 4/3 and APS-C then there must be a significant difference between "full frame" and medium format.

So it's been very interesting from my perspective to see the way that both systems are treated.  µ4/3 is still trashed for its size and all of the downsides that people assume must come with it (many of which are overblown, in my opinion).  I figured the GFX system would be universally exalted but it's not the case.  Many "full frame" shooters claim they don't see a significant difference, and there's not a significant difference in sensor sizes.  It comes across as a double standard.  (Both 4/3 and GFX systems earn ire from APS-C and "full frame" shooters for having the 4:3 ratio.)

To me it indicates that the standards and views are not held universally.  They are tweaked so that "full frame" is the preferred format by the photography community and many review sites.  I don't find it fair or particularly intellectually honest.  But then photography is an interesting mixture of art and science, and at the end of the day this is about business rather than pure science.  There's little fairness in business, I suppose.

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