Remeber, Sharpness is not everything !

Started Feb 20, 2014 | Discussions thread
Rod McD Veteran Member • Posts: 6,372
Re: Remeber, Sharpness is not everything !


I agree absolutely - there are many lens characteristics in addition to sharpness.  OTOH, for any given task, I think the lens of choice depends a heck of a lot on your uses.....

People have mentioned that portraits may not fare so well if they are overly sharp.  Yes, there, it's not the key to a good image.  However, I'm an old large format man.  I'm interested in landscapes and sometimes architecture and do occasionally print big and sell.  So for my wide angle lenses I'm typically very interested in corner to corner sharpness.  OTOH it's not something that concerns me with longer lenses (say over 50mm FF FOV) because the composition is usually center dominant.  Horses for courses.

Two aspects I do look for in my lenses are lack of distortion and flare resistance.  I like my straight lines straight.  Fish-eyes are anathema!!  And I like my contra-light shots clean and flare free and my included suns and point sources with a nice clear star-burst - sort of 15/4-ish.  The modern religion of fast apertures tends to work against this - one has to hunt down just the right lenses and they're often a bit slower......

Regards, Rod

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