What is the 4/3 deal?

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  1. SquirrelNuts

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    I see "4/3" camera written all over photography magazines, but no explanation. What is the 4/3 standard or setup? None of my books have anything about it either.

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    :scratch: :?: Need some examples
     
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    http://www.dpreview.com/news/0303/03030212olympusesys.asp
     
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    So it a high-end medium format digital camera with an open standard lens mounts. No big deal. What's the cost. IMO about 16,000 USD
     
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    I'm not quite sure where you drew that conclusion from, but okay... It's a DSLR "standard" with a smaller than APS size sensor, and lenses designed specifically for this sensor size. IMO it's doomed, it's just too expensive. At that price bracket, many people who might buy it have already bought into a different system, ie Canon or Nikon. The rest have *better* options like the 10D or 300D available for less money. I've seen the sample photos, and they're nothing special. Why would you pay more for a camera that doesn't perform better than one that's $1000 less? Plus, you lock yourself into a (expensive) lens mount available on all of one camera.
     
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    The link / review in metroshane post states that the sensor is 4 x 3 inches (100x70mm)
    Also if a 300mm lens = 600mm (35mm) the sensor has to be larger that 24x36mm, right?

    What is the going rate for a digital back for a medium format camera?

    Is a very high end pro camera
     
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    I took 4/3 inch meaning as if it where a film size. Sorry
    Can I go hide now?
     

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