Do lenses have subjective qualities not shown in any technical specification?

Started Mar 31, 2013 | Discussions thread
Leonard Shepherd
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Re: Be realistic!

One of the first "rules" of marketing or selling is to emphasise a products strengths, and to play down or to avoid drawing attention to any weaknesses

There are often important to some, but not necessary to all, performance differences between lenses not mentioned in the manufacturers specification.

There is then the subjective issue of different photographers having different needs.

Someone on a limited budget never making larger than A3 prints can be perfectly happy with a "do it all" lens like they 18-200 DX or FX equivalent. For someone regularly shooting in low light anything slower than f1.4 may be unacceptable.

This is one of the reasons why Nikon provide photographers with a number of choices for any specific focal length.

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