Is F 1.2 really that difficult ??

Started Oct 19, 2013 | Discussions thread
Sergey_Green Forum Pro • Posts: 11,817
Sounds like you are trying to convince yourself .. ;)

3DrJ wrote:

The f/1.2 and f/1.4 lenses I've owned tend to be soft wide open. I suppose that might be attractive to some. I regard using such super-fast lenses as an emergency tactic, when the light is so dim, it's necessary.

To give different look to the images. Bumping the ISO is hardly a challenge these days.

Perhaps the newest lens designs are better than the old specimens I have, but I'm guessing not a whole lot better. Anyway, you are right about the lust for "silver bullets", it's universal across all domains. Sorry to disappoint so many, even a silver projectile can't hit the target as it's imagined.

I never owned or even tried f/1.2 lenses, but the f/1.4 I sometimes use are very good from wide open. Perhaps, as you say, they are of newer designs (I do not know how far back you go), or we have different measurements for softness.

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