A perfect? square.

Olympus OM-D E-M5 45mm f/1.8 lens
Olympus OM-D E-M5 45mm f/1.8 lens

I'm still continuing to shoot a lot of square images, created by stitching 2, 3 or 4 shots together. Apart from Sony NEX-7 files which I make 6000 x 6000 pixels, I've settled on 5000 x 5000 pixels as a final output size for those shot on other cameras.

The picture below shows why.

parish church

As you can see, this size is croppable to A3 both vertically and horizontally, and an A4 magazine page can be taken out virtually anywhere. 5000 pixels square is a 71MB file, approximating to 25MP and can be created relatively easily using virtually any CSC. 

I am motivated by commercial considerations as well as artistic consideration here, since they do sell very well.

Also,as I've written many times before, why a 3:2 ratio is the most common sensor size has always baffled me. How few pictures are published either in print or electronic reproduction at this size has always made me wonder why we seem stuck with this. Is the 35mm frame size going to dominate what cameras produce for evermore? I can think of no good reason why it should.

Panasonic XP-1 Olympus 12mm f/2
Panasonic GX1 Olympus 12mm f/2

Olympus OM-D E-M5 45mm f/1.8 lens
Olympus OM-D E-M5 45mm f/1.8 lens

Sony NEX-7 Voigtlander 12mm f/5.6 Heliar
Sony NEX-7 Voigtlander 12mm f/5.6 Heliar

Fuji X-Pro 1 60mm f/2.4 lens
Fuji X-Pro 1 60mm f/2.4 lens

Panasonic XP-1 Olympus 12mm f/2
Panasonic GX1 Olympus 12mm f/2

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