Micro Four Thirds, Landscapes and Depth of Field

Hi folks,

One thing that one doesn’t hear so much about is the increased depth of field that one gets with the micro four thirds system and how this benefits landscape photography. You hear quite a bit about how this effects portraiture where everyone seems to go bonkers about bokeh but, as you know, I’m not in the slightest bit into portraiture ๐Ÿ™‚ .

For landscape work (and macro work) this is a distinct advantage for me as I get the equivalent of twice the depth of field for a given aperture compared to a full frame camera fitted with a lens of the equivalent focal length. So if, for example, I’m shooting at f/5.6 with a 14mm lens then I’m getting a depth of field of a 28mm full frame lens stopped down to f/11.0, a difference of two very valuable stops, but I’m also getting a faster shutter speed permitting me to capture shots in lower light and negating the need to possibly have to increase ISO which is especially useful when combined with five stops of image-stabilisation for my handheld HDR shots, a real win-win-win situation. ๐Ÿ™‚

I usually stop down two or three stops, depending on the lens, to f/5.6 which is the sweet spot in sharpness for most of my lenses much more and one gets diffraction creeping in inducing softness which is the last thing that I want. If I want softness, and I quite frequently do, then I’ll do it in post.

Best wishes,

Leigh

 

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