Wide aperture - Pictures out of focus

Started Aug 3, 2014 | Discussions thread
Doss Senior Member • Posts: 2,080
People's opinions of fast lenses too narrow........!!!

Jizzy wrote:

tedolf wrote:

So, stop down to about f/8 and you will get a DOF of about 8-10 inches.

Now, you have to ask yourself why did you spend so much money for a f/1.8 lens when you really can't use it wide open for the types of photo's you want to shoot!


Yeah, thats what I am asking myself now

Grrrr! I too often hear 'photographers' claiming - "That lens is soft wide open, but it's fine to use stopped down"

Duh!!!! Are you consumers really happy spending excess $$$$ AND lugging around excess weight & bulk just for the status of owning a fast aperture lens?


Jizzy - Your 85mm f/1.8 should be good wide open. If it's really not your technique (and it sounds as if it's not) and you've tried micro-adjustments and the lens is still this soft wide open then don't listen to the rather dubious advice of naysayers here (who talk complete BS advising not to do portraits @ 85mm @1.8 on a fullframe camera) - Get it returned and replaced.

Best of luck

Just to put my money where my mouth is....Here are a few examples of shots I've taken wide open with a 85mm 1.8




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