Aspect Ratio

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by bigal1000, Nov 4, 2013.

  1. bigal1000

    bigal1000 Mu-43 Veteran

    Sep 10, 2010
    New Hampshire
    Interested in what aspect ratio do members shoot at 4:3 or 3:2 thanks for your replies.
  2. F/Stop

    F/Stop Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 9, 2013
    West Virginia
    Brian Y.
    typically i shoot in the native 4:3. Personally i think the 4:3 format is easier for cropping and making prints bigger than 4x6. I only crop to 3:2 if im shooting a landscape that i want to make it feel more of a "wide angle" and wont be 12x16 or 16x20 print.
  3. red

    red Mu-43 Veteran

    Sep 21, 2010
    Usually I'm using 3:2 and I also like the square format...
  4. Wisertime

    Wisertime Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 6, 2013
    4/3 and crop accordingly.
  5. bcaslis

    bcaslis Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 3, 2011
    Wilsonville, OR, USA
    Brian Caslis
    I've asked before also. Personally I like 3:2 and the EVF in the E-M1 can display much better info in this mode. But I want to use 4:3 so I'm not wasting anything. So I'm torn and still experimenting.
  6. pdk42

    pdk42 One of the "Eh?" team

    Jan 11, 2013
    Leamington Spa, UK
    I crop to whatever suits the subject!
  7. Rodchenko

    Rodchenko Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 10, 2013
    Exiled From Hyperborea
    4:3 for me. I find it a pleasing ratio. Though I shoot a lot of film, I never got on with the 3:2. I've done a lot of work with 6x4.5 medium format, and am glad it's the default for mu4/3.
  8. STR

    STR Mu-43 Veteran

    May 16, 2013

    50% of my shots stay 4:3, 25% 3:2, 20% 16:9 and 5% everything else.
  9. janneman

    janneman Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 6, 2012
    Jan (John) Kusters
    4:3, and printing 16x12 inch (30x40 cm). After a life of medium format film,this feels about right for me.
  10. madogvelkor

    madogvelkor Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 22, 2013
    I shoot 4:3 usually. On landscape shots I usually crop to 2:3 since 4:3 tends to give you too much sky or foreground. But for portraits or most objects, 4:3 is better for me.
  11. Dave in Wales

    Dave in Wales Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 5, 2011
    West Wales
    4:3 it uses all of the sensor....crop as necessary.
  12. Kiwi Paul

    Kiwi Paul Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 15, 2011
    Aberdeen Scotland
    I change the aspect depending on the shot and what I think best frames the pic I'm taking, I use all the 4 modes available, 4/3, 3-2, 16-9 and 1-1, the GH3 is very easy to adjust the aspect ratio on the fly.

  13. Photodan1

    Photodan1 Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 26, 2012
    Nashville, Tennessee, USA
    About 75% 4/3, also like square and 16x9. Rarely if ever use 3/2. Shot with digital SLR's and before that 35 mm SLR's and never was a great fan of that format. Also shot 6x4.5 Fuji film cameras and really liked the 4/3 shape for composition. It also crops easily to an 8x10 or 16x20. If I knew I was going to print a lot of 5x7's, I might go with the 3/2.
  14. dav1dz

    dav1dz Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nov 6, 2012
    I always shoot with the maximum amount of pixels then crop as necessary.

    I found that I really like 4:3 for portraits. 3:2, 16:9 and 2:1 for landscapes. Then 1:1 for specific effect.
  15. gochugogi

    gochugogi Mu-43 Veteran

    I prefer the look of 3:2 and mostly make 8x12 and 12x18 prints. However I always crop in PP and, ultimately, the crop comes from the needs of the subject/composition. Although, I have been know to select compositions and crops based on the frames and mats I have ready...
  16. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 17, 2010
    Near Philadephila
    I prefer 3:2 and my primary shooters are APS and the aspect ratio is a big part of why. I shoot any camera in its native AR, though and then crop if necessary. I wish all m43 bodies had a true multi aspect sensor like the GH1 and GH2 did, but I think Pany has given up on that except for the LX7. Bummer - one of my favorite features in any camera ever...

  17. flash

    flash Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Apr 29, 2010
    1 hour from Sydney Australia.
    If m4/3 were 3:2 I'd have no lust for the other mirrorless systems (perhaps excepting the A7r). I'm not a fan of the 4:3 ratio. But I still use it "despite" that.

  18. Biro

    Biro Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 8, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Unless I'm going for a particular look or effect, I have always preferred 3:2 and that's the way I continue to shoot. In fact, the ability of a given camera to give me a 3:2 aspect ratio is a major factor in my purchase decision.
  19. deang001

    deang001 Mu-43 Veteran

    Sep 16, 2013
    Hong Kong
    3:2 because I'm used it and have only been into M43 for a few months.

    I am trying more and more to leave it in 4:3 though. Hard to get used to.

    Portrait in 4:3 is pretty cool though.
  20. aukirk

    aukirk Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 9, 2012
    I've posted a similar thread in the past, as I have debated back and forth between 4/3 and 3/2 since switching to this system. I have firmly landed in preferring a final image cropped to 3x2. However, I still shoot in 4/3 RAW.

    I haven't played around with the settings, but it would be really helpful if I could set the EM-5 to 3/2 and Raw, having the viewfinder show the 3/2 crop, but still capturing the full 4/3 image, but preserving the crop info when importing into Aperture 3