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Depth of Field for 4/3 and Micro 4/3

The Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds formats differ in the flange to lens distance, but otherwise are identical. The discussion that follows is thus applicable to both.

The focal length discussion shows that the Four Thirds format uses a 1/2 focal length to achieve an equivalent field of view (FOV) to a full-frame DSLR, e.g., Four Thirds uses a 24mm lens to achieve the FOV of a 50mm lens on a full-frame DSLR. This has implications for depth of field.

Depth of field is a function of f-stop, focal length and subject distance. In what follows, the discussion assumes normal working distance, not close-up macro range, where depth of field calculations become more complex. For in-depth coverage of depth of field, see Making Sharp Images.

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