Definition of bokeh, simply gibberish?

Started Mar 6, 2014 | Discussions thread
woffles Senior Member • Posts: 1,064
Uh, simple

Good quality bokeh is simply a reflection of good quality aperture blades and well designed glass.  Poorly finished aperture blades will give poor bokeh.  The out of focus areas you see in a photograph are are actually representations of the aperture since a lens can only focus on a single plane in space.  Focus of anything in front or behind this plane is controlled by the aperture blades.  Hence, good quality blades = good bokeh, bad quality blades = bad bokeh.  It's not subjective, it's simple physics.  There's no opinions or arguments, only facts, bokeh is a physical thing.  You are actually seeing the "quality" of the aperture of the lens in the out of focus areas.

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