Why do wide angle lenses have f1.4?

Started Sep 25, 2013 | Discussions thread
AndreaV Regular Member • Posts: 338
Re: Why do wide angle lenses have f1.4?

I agree with all the previous. If you are shooting landscape in most cases you don't need at all a wide aperture. My favorite lens for landscapes is my Canon 17-40 f4L... usually set at f11-16 where is extremely sharp.

Anyway shooting landscape you should always use a tripod and this allow you to use small apertures even when light goes down and during night time.

In general I would suggest, if you're focused on landscapes, to get a high quality wide zoom lens (like the Canon 17-40 f4L) with a moderate aperture. You most likely save some money and get a more flexible lens. Consider also the fact that often very wide lens can't get the same IQ over the full aperture range as a moderate aperture lens, so they make sense only when you need the them.

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