The jewels like 200 f/2

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The jewels like 200 f/2
Jan 2, 2013

With ever increasing pixel count and ability to crop, are long primes becoming less important than they used to be? For big fast lenses like 200 f/2 are we now starting to see replacements in the form of 85 f/1.4? With 36MP sensors today in studio cameras and eventually 36mp sensors in sports shooter cameras like D6, we are getting to the point when the DX crop mode is still plenty "pixel rich". So, this means we can have 1.5x shorter lens to do the same job as older longer lenses used to do.

Will we eventually see smaller, shorter, faster primes like 85 f/1.4 replacing longer and slower jewels like 200 f/2?

If you have abundance of pixels to crop to your hearts content, what can 200 f/2 do that 85 f/1.4 cant? The only thing i can think of is "field compression", which seems rather niche application. On the more "artistry" side a shorter lens, which separates subject from background more (makes it look like background is further away) may even look "better".

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