Why do older camera lenses have faster F-stops?

Started Apr 14, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: Why do older camera lenses have faster F-stops?
In reply to peevee1, Apr 14, 2013

Yeah, I was going to bring that up, too. Many of those old film lenses were pretty horrible, especially when shooting wide open. And quality zooms were non-existent, especially at f/2.8 apertures.

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