40mm f/2.8 Pancake does Manhattan Night Photos - I love this Lens!!!

Started Sep 2, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Re: 40mm f/2.8 Pancake does Manhattan Night Photos - I love this Lens!!!
In reply to guneyc, Sep 6, 2012

With the 5D, at around f/10 you start slowly losing resolution due to diffraction. The effect is negligible at f/11, and at f/16 you'll only notice if you go looking for it, but at f/22 it is noticeable.

See, e.g., the resolution graphs here:

Or see the comparison between f/5.6 and f/16 here (unfortunately no f/22 test available):


(Mouse over to alternate between f/5.6 and f/16 test images).

Additionally, for the same shutter speed, a larger aperture allows for a lower ISO and therefore less noise.

guneyc wrote:
what's wrong with 16 or 22?

misolo wrote:

Why did you stop down the lens so much, you wanted the long exposures? Even in that case, you'd have been better off with ISO 100 and f/8-11.

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