« on: July 21, 2013, 04:22:18 AM »
So here we go. Once that optical physics hits the sensor it's no longer optical, it's information. The sensor cannot capture the infinitely thin plane of focus made of sharp points. Instead, it captures everything between the two distances where "a circle" has the size of a pixel or smaller, so everything in that range is same sharp, because there can't be anything sharper than a pixel. At that level, enlarging the image isn't going to decrease the DoF, only soften it, because there is no hidden information.
How do we call THAT THING? The sharpest area between the two distances where "a circle" meets the pixel?
Hey Ecka, I was in a similar state of skepticism here for a while so I just want to help get you where I am now using some common sense.
Forget all the technical stuff about aperture and sensor size for a second and let's just think about this from a simpler perspective. Imagine we just took a picture of a friend. You look at the picture later at 100% on your 30" computer monitor and realize that you accidentally focused on their nose, so their eyes are slightly out of focus. Wouldn't you agree that the plane of focus is on the nose, but doesn't extend to the eyes? Yes of course.
Now let's imagine the friend we took the photo of wants to post that photo to Facebook, and so you post it and it becomes their new profile photo. The whole time you're thinking man that photo wasn't even in focus, but then you go onto their Facebook page, and voila, nobody can even tell if their eyes are in focus because the photo's so small. Basically, the photo looks great. Now I think we can agree that as far as we can tell, their profile picture is in focus. Which would mean that either:
A. You uploaded the wrong picture
C. Our DOF changed because we're now looking at a much smaller picture
And just in case you're not sure. It's obviously B.