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I have said, in the past, that you should move toward full frame sensors. I have always championed full frame sensors. At the end of the day, full frame sensors beat APS sized and smaller sensors. The whole reason I bought an original x was because it had the largest sensor I could find in a small camera. It had been a number of years since I had shot an APS crop frame sensor. I replaced that with a Nikon D3 full frame and then moved on to the Canon 5d2, also full frame. Full frame cameras are better. I started shooting personal work with my little Fuji. Then I pulled it out on jobs from time to time because I loved that little camera. Then I used it more. Then I got the X-Pro1. Then I started seeing my Fuji images in print. I cropped into some images and enlarged them to full page. I received the test prints back and I taped them to the wall and took one step back. My Fuji images ran side by side with D3 and 5d2 images without a single noticeable drop in quality. If anything, my Fuji images were just a tad sharper. My PhaseOne medium format images were the only images that had a noticeable change in quality when I looked at everything side by side. You know what happened between my D and the Fuji x? Nikon, Canon, Sony, Olympus… all the technology in our modern day cameras have increased ten fold or more. When I jumped to full frame sensors they were far better in terms of image quality than the crop sensors of that time. As did full frame. However, through that time I still argued that 35mm full frame was still a small format. It is a small format. Why are professionals all around the world working with 35mm based DSLRs and not medium format and up? The price of a medium format system is still stupid. It took me a long time to save up for mine and I still have a very limited medium format kit. I have one body and back and three prime lenses. This XT1 blows my old D and D images out of the water. Would it best the XT1? By a bit it does. Some of the trolls out there are going to think this is a Fuji sponsored message. Whatever you are shooting. So that brings us to the physical size difference. Is that such a big deal? The thing that I would first consider is depth of field. The larger the sensor, the shallower the depth of field you get at a given aperture. When I jump to the Phase? Night and day difference on not just the amount of fall off with focus, but the way the focus falls off. Four things effect the depth of field in your photographs. Aperture, focal length, camera to subject distance, and sensor size. Where things start to get confusing and is the topic of many a debate on forums is focal length of lenses and equivalent focal lengths in regard to crop sensors and all that. Here is a Nikon D3 with an 85mm lens. The equivalent field of view lens on a 1. The Panasonic has a 2. All of these images were shot from the same distance and all were shot at f 2. The D3 bokeh balls are softer and larger, thus more out of focus. The Fuji 56mm is slightly more out of focus. The deepest, or largest depth of field comes from the smaller sensor sized GH4 camera. So… at an 85mm equivalent focal length, the full frame sensor camera has… shallower depth of field. The proof is in the pudding! Full frame wins the bokeh ball challenge! The only other thing we have to look at is focal length and sensor size. Which one has the most effect on the changes in depth of field? We go from an 85mm lens to a 56mm lens to a The longer the lens… the shallower the depth of field. The wider the lens, the deeper, or longer the depth of field. Focal length has a HUGE impact on depth of field. Same camera to subject distance… Look at those bokeh balls. Are they equal focal lengths when you start putting them on different sized sensors? Is the 85 more of a telephoto on the Fuji than it is on the Nikon? I know we are seeing a magnified image or are we just seeing a crop of the lens? Is the lens still a true 85mm on both? It went beyond that, though. We had to build a pinhole camera and then calculate its focal length and aperture. Lots of math ensued. I was free-lensing the thing. Let the conspiracy theories begin!!! Click any of those to see them larger. Is there more going on with sensor size? Well, Tony Northrup recently made a video going deep into the differences of sensor sizes in respect to aperture values, ISO, etc. If I were to argue with any of his points it would be more about ISO than anything else. Tony puts out great stuff and his video above is well researched and I think his math is right but honestly, my dear? I have not a damn to give! Do you want math? Or do you want moments? What will define great photography? Photography is art and science and you need to have a foot planted in each of those to be a well-rounded photographer. At some point, though, it gets overwhelming. Aperture, focal length, camera to subject distance, and sensor size ALL play a role in depth of field. I have math that says….. Because I love math so much. Every time I see a beautiful photograph I grab a calculator because math turns me on that much. His math… his math is unreal. I hope to do math like him one day. I know math is important. Get a basic hold on some math and then go get those moments! However, camera manufacturers are bringing some amazing wide lenses to the market now. More on the GH4 later. A 15mm equivalent is all I personally need. Let's get back to large format. Real full frame photography. Take a photo with your DSLR at f1. I swear on all things good… You go shoot a portrait with a large format camera, nail that exposure, nail that print… there is nothing like it in the world. You need to have the experience of shooting large format at least once in your life. You are cheating yourself out of something mystical, magical, and a royal pain in the ass. You really need to give it a go at some point. It gives you a whole new perspective on DSLR photography. It will humble you. I know I keep eluding to an upcoming post on stitched portraits and it is in the works but let me say this quickly.
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