Why aren't there more f/1.0 lenses?

Started Nov 12, 2009 | Discussions thread
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biochemiker
biochemiker Contributing Member • Posts: 811
Why aren't there more f/1.0 lenses?

I am wondering why there aren't more fast wide angle lenses. It would seem like an f/1.0 lens would be fairly easy to make as the aperture of lenses 50mm and smaller would be the same as the focal length.

There must be an obvious reason why this is difficult because the market isn't flooded with 18mm f/1.0 lenses! (Or even sub f/1.0 lenses like the "famous" 50mm f/0.95 that I've heard about.)

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