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You’re welcome, I’m glad I could help. I think this business of bokeh, DoF sensor size is one of the most misunderstood in our business. It is not limited to video, the same discussions take place in the still photo world, too.
There wasn’t much of this discussion when film was the “sensor” because the camera you bought dictated the film size and the lenses. If you had a 2 1/4 x 2 1/4″ Hasselblad you bought lenses that were generally accepted as wide angle, telephoto, fisheye etc. Most people didn’t pay much attention to the fact that their wide angle Hass lens actually had a longer focal length than the wide angle lens on their 35mm system but a shorter focal length than what was considered wide angle on a 4×5″ camera. Probably because the lenses were not interchangeable.
Now, with digital technology, sensor size has become a camera selling point as an indicator of picture quality without any discussion as to how the whole system of sensor, lens, separation filters, gain, processors affects the final results. As you can see, it’s not complicated, just not well explained.