Fast sensors have made fast lenses obsolete Locked

Started Jul 31, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Making the same mistare twice?

sigala1 wrote:

seilerbird666 wrote:

Quite a while ago in fact.

However there still are a few people who watch Betamax tapes, listen to records and use a land line so there will always be a few people who refuse to come into the modern world. They hang on to past technologies like it is a winning lottery ticket. They refuse to admit that new technology is better and they refuse to even try it.

High ISO cameras, advanced shooting modes, Photoshop, and image stabilization have all contributed to making fast lenses a thing of the past.

The economics are amazing. A Canon 70-200 f2.8 L IS lens is $2500. The exact same lens in f4 costs $1000. While there might be a few people in the world that can justify spending $1500 for one more stop, the overwhelming majority would laugh at such an idea.

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As sensors become better and better, the only use for fast lenses will be as very expensive special effects lenses, giving a shallow depth of field look that can't easily be duplicated in Photoshop.

Well, that was my take in the other post. A hard pressed photog. will always choose a fast lens, however a company knows v. well ho few fast lenses it sells.

There was an interview with an Oly top manager who said that they had all the problems of the world in selling one additional lens to the kit one, and it was the 45/1.8, which is relatively cheap.

So I contend that for the immense majority of users having a faster sensor is much more a direct experience than having a fast lens. And that it sells more cameras, which the company knows v. well. Look at Oly, by now it sells more camera models than lenses!

For the enthusiast the perspective is different but fast lenses are not really moving the industry. Fast sensors do. Remember how tragically ended the 4/3 experience, based on fast lenses... Would you make the same mistake twice?


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