Why do older camera lenses have faster F-stops?

Started Apr 14, 2013 | Discussions thread
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MiLei Contributing Member • Posts: 622
Re: Why do older camera lenses have faster F-stops?

What I remember of really old film times is that you wanted a fast lens. A good reason for those was the limited sortiment of films like others have said. But people also talked about lens speeds like we today talk about megapixels. If you were a serious? photographer you used fast lenses. And of course Canon and Nikon were happy to sell those. Like some big white tubes of today.

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