that's aperture, which I assumed you understand. And the term circle of confusion doesn’t have anything to do with film coverage, it's the threshold where an out-of-focus point ceases to look like a circle and appears to be a dot. ages ago Insanely narrow DoF! In this case the smaller format has the greater DOF. prices and availability of images without notice. You will see who is right. (permalink), The answer is 42. Because your little diversion above is a pretty fundamental mistake. In the end it's all geometry as I mentioned above. Personally, I like this because it means I can have my subject in sharp focus, a clearly identifiable background, but still have obvious separation between the two. Originally posted at 7:25AM, 28 August 2008 PST 6x7 56x67mm . That's a roughly 3.6x increase from 135 to 120, right? How to choose to shoot with 35mm or 120 medium format film? Does film size make a difference to DoF ? Circle of confusion is what I think you mean and it isn't necessarily true. They're hopefully teaching you about optics, at least a little? Initially, people used shallow depth of field as a way to quantify the medium format look. In this case the smaller format has a greater DOF. BUt there's no real explanation.. I have encountering a problem with a "ghost" light leak. Introduction Images Technik Analysis Recommendations This all-content, junk-free website's biggest source of support is when you use any of these links to approved sources when you get anything, regardless of the country in which you live. Take away the special sauce, no matter how confusing it is to you, and you're just not talking about Big Macs. What I was suggesting is a reason why a physically smaller lens (with smaller coverage) would have greater DoF than a physically larger lens that has to cover a larger film format - setting aside relative focal lengths, angles of view and image size on film. (permalink), this might help... Simply put, an APS-C sensor would show us a cropped (tighter) view of the same frame as compared to a full-frame … In this case the larger format would have a greater DOF ages ago All shot at f8 focused at 10 feet. I think the difference is due to the actual diameter of opening in the iris. Aperture size is a ratio between the diameter of the opening and the focal length. Simply coz in the context of compact digital cameras, the focal lengths are often "normalized to full frame 135 format" and not the actual physical focal length. the oibject nearer you and the object further away? Not knowing how distance and focal length equivalents with 35mm would have an influence. Circle of confusion would be the right term here.. Originally posted ages ago. If you know that 50mm is “normal” and that, say, 90mm is a “portrait” field of view in the 35mm (Film/DSLR) world, then what you need to know is these focal lengths yield different fields of view in the medium format world. This is, categorically, not the same thing as depth of field. What you would get if you shot the same scene, from exactly the same place with a 105mm lens (with the same exposure settings) on a 35mm camera, and you can clearly see it is a medium telephoto field of view. I find the 35mm to be the perfect focal length, not too wide and not too long. Any price variation will not affect existing orders. Good shootin to all and may all your shots be good ;) SAME focal lenght, SAME aperture, SAME distance. ages ago (permalink) only the film size that differ. We comp... Has anyone here bought a MF camera on ebay from japan? I didn't quite understand why there is a smaller DOF with MF vs 35mm. Hope that helped a little. ages ago I'm just curious.. it appear that lens designed for 6x6 has a bigger circle of conscription(?, not sure of the exact word) , which has to do with the covering film area . GENERALLY SPEAKING, as format size increases, depth of field decreases. Its an easy mistake to make, to assume because your angle of view looks the same, your DOF will be the same too… But DOF is dependent on Focal length, not field of view, so the 80 mm lens on the medium format in fact has the same DOF as an 80mm lens on 35mm format (for the same aperture). "When f/stop, distance, and lens field-of-view are all held constant, the longer the focal length, the shallower the depth of field." Hope this helps. but should you have any concerns please contact us and we will do our utmost to resolve them. ), same apt (f4)(and obviously same focal length 28mm, this being, i assume the 35mm equivalent in respect to the sensor size) the sigma had a quite noticealble smaller DoF!And in the article, they were saying this had to do with the bigger sensor the sigma has. Comparing at same framing (hence not the same distance?? (permalink) F2.8 on a 6cm by 6cm camera is about two inches across and a f2.8 for an 8x10 is about the size of your fist. The only thing different is the FoV between the formats. (permalink), Actually, I'm not. ages ago Why don't you do some test. you will get the same exposition. It manages to avoid many of the issues of distortion that accompany wider options and can still create images with shallow depth of field. its just as the crop factor on dslrs just on a larger scale. Delivery of your order is within 4-6 weeks from the date of purchase. and we will have a replacement shipped to you as soon as the I knew I should have looked it up. Do a test. To get the same depth of field on a 120 6x6 frame you will need to shoot at 3.6x times that - which would be 180mm at f/11 remember when you pinprick a tiny hole in a paper, and when you look through, you see everything is sharp? I should point out that you will get the SAME depth of field in both formats if you change your lens focal length and aperture proportional to the increase in format size. The depth of field graph presents depth of field curves for the full-stop aperture settings from f/1.4 to f/16. I'm also taking about prime lenses only; fast, constant aperture zooms have disproportionately large primary objectives. 35mm format View all photographs taken by EMULSIVE on 35mm format film. As real world proof, compare the diameter of the primary objective (outermost lens) on different film/sensor sizes. The 80mm 'Standard' lens on a 645 will show the same field of view as a 50mm on a 35, but it's still an 80mm lens. If the same image is taken with two different format cameras, say a 35mm camera and a medium format camera, at the same subject distance, the same f-stop, with the same focal length lens and the resulting images are printed to the same size, the medium format image will have greater apparent DOF. ages ago B3nji: For a long time, this was true and film cameras with medium format backs definitely had the advantage. It's a real shocker, isn't it. ages ago (permalink) and as for my examples idk what to say, i guess my logic and experiments will have to be posted some time soon. For very small apertures, imagine f/90 for 50mm lens ( 50mm/90 = 0.55mm diameter ) -- the cone of light coming from a point of the subject (assume at infinity for simplicity) falling onto the film plane would be very narrow. While everyone is shooting the same 35mm film format that is fine, but then the camera companies started coming up with APS c sensors, micro 4/3 sensors and all the other tiny sensors in smaller point and shoot cameras and phones. It’s just really equivalent field of view using 35mm as a reference. I think simply B3nji got confused about what was mentioned in that thread he linked to. He doesn't mention that the shots are taken from the same distance. Thanks for helping me help you! So please be careful with your "babble of misinformation" because you are purveying a babble of misinformation by not comparing that same thing. (permalink) (permalink), Here is a link to a great little program. 135 film is 24mm x 36mm. ages ago But to basically to answer your question no the depth of field will be the same on a mf camera or 35mm camera at the same focal length and the same apture, if taken from the exactly same spot, the only thing different will be the field of view. Larger film/sensor requires a longer focal length to produce the equivalent FoV (compared to a smaller film/sensor size). Same physical focal length ( not the wishy washy "equivalent to 135 format" focal length often quoted in digicams ), say 50mm, and same aperture, say 5.6, then DoF for same subject distance has to be the same ... well, if we ignore the film and just talk about projecting to ground glass to eliminate the can of worms around Circle of Confusion etc. (permalink) ages ago (permalink), And so now we know why some satellites never make it into orbit.... "But to basically to answer your question no the depth of field will be the same on a mf camera or 35mm camera at the same focal length and the same apture, if taken from the exactly same spot, the only thing different will be the field of view. " So I didn't go to school for photography, I have a degree in geology, but am a Fire Fighter. “Given the different format sizes between medium format and 35mm, we have different magnification, and this results in a difference of appearance of depth of field,” Taylor says. The ultimate battle: HASSELBLAD vs ROLLEIFLEX, experience buying camera from japan on ebay, img84.imageshack.us/my.php?image=filmformatstq3.jpg. What DOF does is directly related to the variables that are changed. But distilling the medium format look down to depth of field is just silly, and it doesn't reflect the true reasons that the format exists as an option for photographers. i totally don't understand it i really didn't mean to.. but we're just talking about optics here.. nothing more.. :) photo.net/photo/lens-table Someone said that for the same angle of view and F-stop, medium format has narrower depth of field. ages ago In other words, you're going to a school, and not just feel-good-about-your-so-called-art group therapy sessions? Medium-format film has a bunch of really interesting advantages over puny 35mm roll film (and digital DSLRs). It also helps you compare lenses. If you hold all the other factors constant (f/stop, distance, lens angle of view, image viewing size), larger film format yields shallower depth of field. Originally posted ages ago. drewleavy edited this topic ages ago. Now that incorrect DOF calculator. There's little incremental knowledge in considering CoC influences, but very likely to get confused again -- not a good investment of time. The program is based tried and tested optical formulas. (permalink), "SO is it the geometry explanation? As for medium format it works exactly the same, a 80mm at 2.8 on a hasselblad will give you the same depth of field as a 80mm at 2.8 on a Ae-1, Just the thing is it looks different because of the wider field of view on the hasselblad which lets you see more of the out of focus area. I was comparing using one lens at one focal distance, not one field of view!!!! It was partially discussed here, but i didn't get it. (permalink), Matt, you left the pickles and onions off of your Big Mac. ages ago Just because a camera shoots medium format film does not mean that the lens is automatically larger. You wouldn’t really want to shoot most of these lenses at brighter apertures anyway because the depth of field on a medium format camera is significantly shallower than APS-C or even 35mm … ages ago In > fact, one can estimate pretty closely just how much less. MJM67 edited this topic ages ago. In digital, many of 2019's "medium format" cameras use 44x33mm sensors ( cameras from Fuji, Hassy ,and Pentax), and deliver clean, crisp detailed shots, with ~50MP to 102 MP resolution. The simplest way to visualize the DoF concept is to imagine the cone of light formed by the actual aperture ( not the f/number, but the actuall diameter, say in mm ) falling onto the film plane which is (for simplicity) at a distance equal to the focal length of the lens. Lenses produced for 35 mm film cameras may mount well on the digital bodies, but the larger image circle of the 35 mm system lens allows unwanted light into the camera body, and the smaller size of the image sensor compared to 35 mm film format results in cropping of the image. Lets take 3 cameras with 3 different lenses that offer the same basic field of view. Medium format View all photographs taken by EMULSIVE on 120 format film – 6×6, 6×7, 6×9, 6×12 and 6×17. Glad my input helped =) ages ago ages ago the bigger the aperture (hole get bigger), the less depth of field. As format size decreases, depth of field increases. The shorter the focal length the smaller the aperture can be and still achieve the desired f/stop. You'd have to move forward more than a tad, you'd have to at least halve the distance. I am a massive Hasselblad 500CM fan.My friend S. is a major Rollei-Man. Flickr logo. 90mm @ f8 on a DX, 35mm, 6X7, & 4X5 Our natural vision may be more closely aligned with the 50mm, but I think that's why the 35mm is a much better pick. Lets take one lens at one aperture focused at 10 feet on 4 different formats. But in general the larger the film, the larger the CoC that is permissible. No question that VOXPHOTO's post, taking into account differing focal lengths and image size, is correct. I hope i explained this well enough and i hope my diagram i put together helps you out. Actually there is a correct answer, several of us know it and have been posting it, but there is one who thinks he knows the answer and is very annoying to those of us who do!!!! "When f/stop, distance, and lens angle-of-view are all held constant, the larger the image format, the shallower the depth of field." So effectively, the same focal length lens can be a telephoto with one format, but a wide angle in another, as illustrated in the example below. It is not actually sharp, in the strict definition of the word, but each point (from our subject) forms a circle of confusion on our sensor that is sufficiently small as to appear as a point in the final image, thus it looks sharp. Well, what it means is that at full zoom, at what looks like 112mm (in 35mm speak), I get the DOF of a 28mm lens, which has just about everything in focus, even with the aperture wide open, which is almost never what you want with a telephoto lens. Larger film requires less enlargement to produce a same-sized final image. What I was suggesting is a reason why a physically smaller lens (with smaller coverage) would have greater DoF than a physically larger lens that has to cover a larger film format - setting aside relative focal lengths, angles of view and image size on film. This Depth of Field, also known as the range of acceptable sharpness, is effected by 5 primary factors…. NOTE I am making many generalizations here. Images are packed rolled in reinforced postage tubes and sent via registered Sounds like you don't actually print your images. MJM67 edited this topic ages ago. So Voxphoto it appears I know what I am talking about, and understand DOF just fine. In all honesty this is a more realistic, true to real photography, test than my first, which is more theory than practical. Keep the subject distance the same so that the field of view is comparable. In my second example I held the FOV constant and changed the lens focal length to keep the FOV the same and changed the format. I’ve shot 5 rolls of 120 film, and so far only 2 have come out fine. We promise to keep your personal information secure and use it for It's also not any surprise to those of us who paid attention in our theory classes: lenses produce the same image regardless of what happens to be behind them. That is why larger formats will have larger DOF, they need less enlargement to make a final print, so they have out of focus points enlarged less, so it is less noticeable. My point and shoot camera has a zoom lens that they have very kindly converted to 35mm speak as 28-112mm, which is about what it looks like on the screen at the back. All of this these examples I am saying to you is given you take the photo from the same place. i don't really buy because you'd only have to move forward just a tad to get the same framing with those 2 cameras, and that wouldn't explain that huge DOF difference. This is a considerably bigger area so the sensor “sees” a much wider view of the image the lens is projecting, which changes the perspective to a wider field of view. This is slightly tricky argument, but not too difficult to understand. (permalink). All orders are fully insured door to door. We also understood that DOF was not determined by this field of view, but by the actual focal length of the lens (and the f stop used). Take a 4x5 with a 150mm lens ok. focus it on your subject take the shot. Which is direct response to the original question. The 35mm lens has more depth of field than the 50mm.QED. The crop factor is also used on the aperture to give us the maximum effective aperture equivalent on a full-frame camera. (permalink) Matthew Avignone edited this topic ages ago. VOXPHOTO and I posted at the same time so I didn't see his post until after I posted. But the CoC enlargement factor mentioned by VOx is usually overwhelmed by the stronger DoF factor so in the net the latter still rules. It has a DOF calculator and a bunch of others. Saying that in simpler words, the medium format provides great creativity such as what should be in focus and what should be … (permalink), I'll throw in my 2 cents. If you didn't know some basic info on lens, 5.6 or any aperture for that fact doesn't matter what focal length lets the same amount of light though so a 50mm lens at 5.6 for a 35mm lets the same amount of light in as a 150mm at 5.6 on a 4x5 feild camera, the only thing different between the two is the size of the image circle thrown on to the film plane. And I think that's where you're confusing things. Unauthorized use of images, copying or any other derivative works are circle of confusion is real part of optics. that's why digital; compact almost never have a narrow depth of field from a distance (usually when it come to macro, they have a noticable amount of depth of field). Comments? MJM67 edited this topic ages ago. > difference between 35mm and medium format in this regard. same fstop, same focal length, same distance away from subject, and same focal point. to put it simply; The 28mm end of the scale looks nice and wide and pretty much how you would expect a 28mm lens field of view to look, and the 112mm end of the zoom gets up nice and close like a small zoom should…, But then I read the fine print in the manual and the lens is in fact a 7.1-28.4mm zoom… so what? tangentsoft.net/fcalc/ (permalink) There are two factors at play - lens focal length and CoC. There is no doubt that digital has surpassed the quality of 35mm film, but medium format film still offers tremendous quality and is significantly cheaper than digital medium format. 35mm Film. Medium Format Advantages, Depth of Field Comparison Throughout this project I continually aimed to ensure fair testing for each camera and looking at the results, I was pleasantly surprised. This is why 300mm prime lenses that go down to 2.8 cost a fortune, the glass has to be huge. And with all that gear you have you can actually do the experiment for your self instead of relying on a incorrect, windows only, open source pos dof converter. (without really explaining why, it wasn't really the aim of the article) So a 270mm on a large format will allow you to get the same depth of field as a 35mm camera but!!!! Good day may you learn something new everyday!! Of course, > one can also learn the same thing by experience. BUT if you are comparing photos shot with the ‘normal’ lens for each format, medium format will have narrower depth of field at any given aperture. you are correct though if you wanted the same field of view with the formats the larger would have to be closer which would reduce the dof which I said in my post earlier. Crap. If you click it, you'll go home. internal purposes only. 6x4.5 versus digi point & shoot. 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