How Critical is Lens Speed?

Started Feb 7, 2013 | Discussions thread
Yan Duval
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Re: How Critical is Lens Speed?
In reply to GregT4Eye, Feb 8, 2013

I'm restarting photography and a noob to digital.

I was really impressed by my 18-135 3.5-5.6 IS since you can hand-hold it in very low light.  My first "assignment" was ballet and I felt I had great shots.  However, even by trying to shoot moments at their apex meant motion blur on many of my shots.  The aperture was not big enough...

If money was no concern, I would buy fast IS lenses.  But I feel a fast 85 1.8 (non-IS) will compliment my zoom quite well.  Ballet shots would have been sharp with the available shutter speed.  And for static subjects when I would typically want shallow DOF, I can still use my tripod.

So yes, aperture is crtical in the sense that it really allows good shots that are not possible otherwise.

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