Too sharp lenses?

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OP DeathArrow Senior Member • Posts: 1,051
Re: Too sharp lenses?

khunpapa wrote:

Gato Amarillo wrote:

In the olden days of film some photographers spoke of Leica lenses as "always sharp but never too sharp."

I find my newest lens a bit harsh when it comes to skin texture compared to the lens I used before. Both do a nice job of rendering detail such as hair and eyelashes but one brings out pores and blemishes more than the other.

So I guess you could say it is in a sense too sharp.


In some old Nikon's article I had read, the author explains about the sharp-but-soft 105mm portrait lens.

They (Nikon's lens engineer) deliberately design the (far) red wavelength to be out-of-focus. So while the overall image of the human subject is razor sharp, the skin is not.


To OP.

For nowadays lens, the classic example of "too sharp" lens is the classic Olympus ZD 50mm f/2 macro-portrait lens. There are many topic that people complaint about its [too much] sharp.

The mZD 75mm f/1.8 is almost being accused of its overt sharpness too.

Here is the second sharpest lens from Dxomark's database:

Is it too sharp for you?

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