Peta Pixel just posted an interesting discussion of the gear behind the Reuter's best photos of 2012. The Most Popular Cameras and Settings for Reuters' 2012 Photos of the Year Someone took the time to work through the EXIF data in terms of cameras, lenses, and settings. The most common equipment and exposure settings for the Reuters "Best photos of 2012" Of course all the cameras are FF. But it was interesting when you look at the chart of F-numbers, for the vast majority of images, the equivalent DOF is rarely out of reach for μ43. That isn't to say that μ43 is as good as FF cameras. That's not the point. For one, obviously if you're shooting action and sports, PDAF still rules the roost. But it is interesting and notable that the vast majority of the most compelling photos of the past year didn't need a super narrow DOF to be compelling. Less than 20% used f/2.5 or lower (=f/1.2 or lower for μ43). Good photographs don't need to depend on narrow DOF to be good photographs.