Remeber, Sharpness is not everything !

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Adam Aitken
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Re: Sharpness is not everything! But it sure doesn't hurt.
In reply to Russell Evans, 7 months ago

Russell Evans wrote:

Cigarguy wrote:

Russell Evans wrote:

Cigarguy wrote:

Therefore I learned to stop down between F5.6-F11 and to shoot with a tripod. As I grew older and was able to afford better lenses and better equipment this habit carried over.

Unfortunately a tripod is not welcomed in a lot of places. Then there is that most of what I want to capture are life events where setting up and taking down a tripod is simply not possible due to time constraints, or simply not done in order to not to be an inconvenience to the people I am with. It's not habit or lack of habit, it is that I'm not going out to shoot alone the majority of the time I'm shooting.

Sure I see your point but a super sharp lens will not take away from any of that.

Using a larger aperture will and having that larger aperture be as sharp as possible is where the meat of the argument is. SR helps of coarse. A sharp lens also means better AF as the AF system is just as dependent on the lens as the sensor output. If you want go a step further and get into the artistic ramifications, is it illogical to say it is easier to compose a photo when you can see the detail in the scene through the viewfinder clearer? Easier when the light isn't all that good? Where does having a sharper lens do harm?

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Russell

Russell, I was just thinking how the discussion would go, and you've hit on an important feature of a good modern DSLR - AF. I agree a good clear view of what you've focussed on is imperative, especially with longer telephotos. The sharper and faster the better. Bu it is disappointing owning the sharpest lens in the world if the camera back and front focuses or can't keep up with the action. Luckily, the K5s and the K3 are greatly improved in the AF department.

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