Do we still "need" fast lenses ?

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michaeladawson Forum Pro • Posts: 12,919
Re: Do we still "need" fast lenses ?

Sergio Subrizi wrote:

Considering we have:

sensors with incredible iso performances compared to films

in camera +- 5 stop VR

Auto gain viewfinder

I can only see a shallower depht of field when used wide open as great advantage

at the expense of weight and $$$ ( for the same level of quality)

Do I miss something ?

I don't know if you missed something or not.  I don't agree with your view, however.  Despite better quality at higher ISOs on cameras from the last couple of years, and despite VR, you are still going to get better IQ (lower noise, more DR) at lower ISOs.  So having an extra 2 stops of aperture on a fast lens can still bring meaningful improvement.

If you're happy/satisfied with your camera's IQ with slower lenses that's all that matters.

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