Why do you buy fast lenses/cameras?

Started 3 months ago | Polls thread
Gerry Winterbourne Forum Pro • Posts: 16,072
what is "fast"?

I own eight lenses; four are f/2.8, two faster and two slower.

The faster ones are 50/1.4 and 43/1.9. I bought the 50 because I wanted that focal length and at the time f/1.4 was the only OEM option available. I bought the 43 because that lens is reputed to have distinctive qualities and I wanted to find out.

Of my shots at 50mm a few percent are in very dim light or very shallow DOF but I didn't buy the lens for those reasons. it's just about possible that I'll use the 43 away from f/5.6 to f/11 but I doubt it.

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First camera 1953, first Pentax 1985, first DSLR 2006

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