Wider aperture lenses for compact cameras?

Started Feb 24, 2012 | Discussions thread
sherwoodpete Veteran Member • Posts: 7,766
Re: Agreed

Alphoid wrote:

I've felt the same way. They mention the wide aperture usually, but rarely give apples-to-apples comparisons.

Valid point. A compact camera with an f/1.8 lens can keep to much lower ISO settings than one having an f/5.6 lens. Simply comparing at identical ISO doesn't give a realistic representation of real-life performance.

Speaking of point-and-shoot cameras, I'd love to see one with a 1:1 macro lens.

Why? Since the crop-factor of P&S cameras can be around 5x, a 1:1 macro would be taking shots requiring a 5:1 ratio on a DSLR ( or 3:1 on APS-C format).

It's unlikely to happen with a P&S, though some of the newer small format interchangeable lens cameras should take a 1:1 macro lens.,


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