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DPRTV: There’s Nothing Magical About Medium Format Depth Of Field… and Not Even About Full Frame (or APS-C) ;)


DPRTV published a video with the title: “There’s Nothing Magical About Medium Format Depth Of Field“.

The video could also be perfectly titled “There’s Nothing Magical About Full Frame Depth Of Field“, but given how large their customer base shooting full frame is, I think they made a wise choice to avoid to put “full frame” in the title.

What DPRTV says is basically this: shallow depth of field does not depend on the sensor size, but on how fast your lens is combined with your sensor.


This is what we say since many years now here on FujiRumors, and I am happy that DPRTV is finally addressing this, too.

The Nr.1 reason why people think they need Full Frame over APS-C is to get shallower DOF. But by saying that a bigger medium format sensor does not necessarily give you shallower DOF over FF, this implies also that Full Frame does not give you necessarily shallower DOF over APS-C.

Fujifilm has some very fast APS-C glass to offer if you desire shallow DOF. For example you can put the Fujinon XF50mmF1.0 on any Fujifilm APS-C body to get a shallow DOF similar to an f/1.4 lens on full frame. Also the Fujinon XF200mmF2.0 gives you about the shallow DOF of a full frame 300mm f/2.8 lens. And then there is the XF8-16mmF2.8, the XF56mmF1.2 and more.

The reasons to pick APS-C, full frame or Medium Format is not shallow DOF, but others. But we won’t talk about it here today, as we covered this topic already in the past.