Is shallow DOF really the pinnacle?

Started Jun 19, 2012 | Discussions thread
dannv
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Re: err...can you say 'Autofocus'?
In reply to Anders W, Jun 26, 2012

its an ad, not a teaser for a then-modern photography course. Vivitar are selling DOF but the point is 'why?' because back then everyone wanted DOF. today, not so much. ...dav

FWIW PS: to answer your question: yes, i'd stop my wide-aperture-capable lens down and get the shot. the reverse situation is not possible when aperture limited....dav

Anders W wrote:

dannv wrote:

"mood of the times..." should be 'capabilities of the times'. people value DOF when they don't have time/ability to get focus. as AF ability increases, so does desire for DOF isolation (not a maxim)...dav

That's at best a small and rather insignificant part of the story. Would you have been able to capture the shot in the Vivitar ad any better with AF and a wide aperture?

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