Depth of field cf diffraction

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Depth of field cf diffraction

Has anyone given much thought to the trade off between diffraction and depth of field?

For instance, if I shoot at f5.6 I get sharp pictures, but limited by depth of field.

If I shoot at f11, the picture sharpness is better because of the increased depth of field, but I understand from those who know more than I, that sharpness will suffer because of diffraction.

But what's the better of the alternatives? (and yes, I know that the subject, the distance to background, etc., all matter.)

But, in general terms...???

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