Lens question re: sharpness

Started Jul 2, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Deleted1929 Forum Pro • Posts: 13,050
Alas there is no general rule

The way sharpness varies over the frame and at different apertures and focal lengths means that there's no way to make a general rule for this.

If you're asking will a prime lens get me more sharpness then in general the answer is no, IMO.

Sharpness is generally a result of understanding the importance of shutter speed and/or tripods and the performance characteristics of a particular lens at any give focal length and aperture. This combined with good understanding of depth of field and how the AF system works ( and when it doesn't work well ) are all important.

Modern kit zooms are generally very sharp and if you're not getting a sharp shot from them it's typically not the lens that's the problem.

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StephenG

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