Why do wide angle lenses have f1.4?

Started Sep 25, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Marty4650 Forum Pro • Posts: 12,671
Paul, you assumption might be wrong

PaulD1980 wrote:

Hi all,

I'm looking to buy a wide angle lens soon to take some landscape photography.

Is there any point in purchasing a lens that has a fast aperture of something like f1.4?...as normally a landscape photo would be shot at something around f/8 to f/22 to get everything in focus.

I assume that the f1.4 would only be used to achieve some good bokeh?

There are other uses for wide angle lenses besides landscape photography.

And you don't always need "good bokeh" or any bokeh at all.

For example, what if you wanted to shoot architectural interiors? For a real estate client or something similar. You would need a wide angle lens to take in more of the room, and you would need a fast lens if you didn't want to use a flash.

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