I am in the middle of a project scanning all my old slides to digital and I have really noticed an astounding difference in the DOF of my shots.
My first digital was a G2, purchased in 2003 or thereabouts. At that time, I hung up my faithful old Minolta X-700 with all my fancy equipment that went with it. Multiple lenses, long & short, various flashes, filters and all kinds of neat things.
When I got my G2, I never really noticed the loss of bokeh.
I have forgotten what its like to be able to create a fantastic shot using DOF for effect. It's slowly coming back to me now, how I used to compose each shot, eyeballing the light, calculating the f stop for the effect I wanted, analyzing the light and setting the shutter speed accordingly, stopping up, stopping down and on and on.
As I scan each slide and look at the results on my computer, I really really miss the effects you can create with bokeh! I have some amazing pics of my daughters when they were toddlers, pictures of the eyes crisp and clear and everything else around them so blurry you can't tell what it is.
I never really noticed how drastic the difference is in the G series to an old SLR. Wow!
Now I'm getting itchy to put the old Minolta back in service just to have some fun with it! I'm also wandering into Canon's site and looking at some of the DSLR's and some fancy glass to go with it. Anybody got ten grand you can give me?
Best DOF I can get with my G9 is Macro and an inch from my subject!
Just an observation!