On Sharpness, ISO and Shutter Speed

Started Nov 29, 2013 | Discussions thread
RussellInCincinnati Veteran Member • Posts: 3,201
smaller, easier-supported lenses work better

Anders W wrote: Personally, I prefer having the performance of the really good lenses I paid for.

The lighter and shorter the lens, the more of the lens' performance you can extract percentage-wise. On or even off the tripod. Am now subtracting points from my prediction of usable lens sharpness, as lenses get longer and heavier (and harder to focus for whatever reason).

170-gram Sony Alpha 85/2.8. Sure it's 1/500th of a second  or whatever here, but being plastic fantastic helps too.

Wonder if some of the "surprising" quality people are getting from micro four thirds is that they can physically handle the shorter, lighter lenses better, and flimsy tripods work great. And maybe some of what we fondly recall about large format clarity was due to people "having" to use a tripod more often.

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