The whole question of lens sharpness...

Started Jun 12, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: The whole question of lens sharpness...
In reply to Alleg1, Jun 12, 2013

Alleg1 wrote:

gdourado wrote:

Hello, how are you?

So, after spending a lot of time on photography sites, blogs and forums, one thing that seems to always be mentioned is lens sharpness.

There seems to be sort of an obsession about sharpness that always generates flaming debates about sharpness, bad copies, sample variation and such...

This got me wondering... Do we really need more and more sharpness? For portraits, events, models... is super sharpness even a good thing? How much is enough? And why do people get so turned on by this?

Hope to hear your opinion on this matter.

Cheers!

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I like to have a reasonable level of sharpness, but what constitutes this is highly subjective in the real world outside of test charts.

I think you are spot on, ultimate sharpness can become an obsession for some people, and can be undesirable in some areas such as portraiture.

Many digital pictures posted on photo forums appear to be oversharp,in my view, and appear somewhat artificial.

Judged on the criterion of sharpness, many great photographers would fail.

For the discerning and serious photographer lens sharpness is not at all "subjective."

There is no such a thing as an image being "oversharp" because of a lens. A lens can not be too sharp.

Few 'great photographers" would have preferred a blurry lens over a sharp lens, especially today.

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