The whole question of lens sharpness...

Started Jun 12, 2013 | Discussions thread
Jeff
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It's a matter of craftsmanship ...
In reply to gdourado, Jun 13, 2013

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?

To many, craftsmanship matters.  A good, sharp lens is a necessary (but by itself, not sufficient) tool for crafting nice sharp images, whether for print or screen. Not all subject requires all of the resolution available in modern lenses, nor is max resolution required for all media.  Thought it is nice to have if you need it for a particular situation.

It's also one of the more or less quantifiable aspects of lens performance, and a proxy for overall lens quality. So in the endless discussions of price versus quality, it's an obvious target for obsessive debate.

Yes, there's still room for sharper lenses since there's always a desire for better, smaller, cheaper.  Whether the state of the art is good enough for you (or me) is entirely an different question.

Hope to hear your opinion on this matter.

Cheers!

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