Do we still "need" fast lenses ?

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HeavyDuty Senior Member • Posts: 1,715
Re: Do we still "need" fast lenses ?
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I think much of the current fascination with shallow DOF is an unintended consequence of the film era.  Back in the day our ability to shoot at high ISO was very limited, and this led to the development of fast glass - especially for professional use.  We all became accustomed to seeing razor-thin DOF, and it became a preference for many.  (I’m guilty of this myself.)

With the Z, I personally think a combination of “normal” speed lenses (f/4 zooms and f/1.8 primes) plus one or two faster lenses for special situations will serve me (and my back) the best.  I’m waiting to see what the roadmapped 50/1.2S looks like, it would probably be all I need for available darkness shooting.

I predict a gradual return to deep DOF once again being in widespread fashion now that bodies are capable of extreme sensitivity with amazing results.  Ansel Adams and his Group f/64 compatriots are likely watching with glee.

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