Minimum aperture - do you ever use f/22?

Started Feb 10, 2013 | Discussions thread
EinsteinsGhost Forum Pro • Posts: 11,977
Re: Minimum aperture - do you ever use f/22?

DimitriDV wrote:

Sonyshine wrote:

No. The shot was handheld. I needed to restrict the light as much as possible so I closed the lens right down...try hand holding for 2 secs....

hmm, sorry didn't understand..

using f22 = longer exposure needed = increased need for a tripod

so if you have to handheld, an increased aperture (lower f) is preferrable ..?

Sometimes you want longer exposure but you may also end up with major highlight clipping. An ND filter would also help address the problem, but here is an example when I wanted a 1s shutter but didn't have ND filter at hand (or tripod for that matter but used a ledge). The lens I had on my NEX-3 was Sony 35mm f/1.8 SAM (A-mount) and like all fast lenses, it reaches optimum sharpness around f/4-f/5.6 and diffraction sets following that. I wanted f/8 for DoF but even f/11 wasn't going to work. I settled for f/18.

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