Is there a need for F1.4 lenses....

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Magnar W
Magnar W Senior Member • Posts: 4,384
DOF for the photographer or the client?

Philnw2 wrote:

There is an interesting figure in the article showing bokeh from an f1.8 lens to an f1.4 lens, and the f1.4 lens is superior

One interesting moment that is not mentioned, is that customers rarely want these extreme shallow dof portraits, with one eye sharp, the other a bit blurry, and the nose tip out of focus.

When doing reportage style work or documentary photography, smaller aperture often ensure a good balance between subjct and background for environmental portraits and stuff like that.

So from a professional point of view, the answer is: How much very low light handheld photography are you doing, where the lens brightness comes as a rescue?

These bright aperture settings is mostly for photographers who want to impress other photographers, from a technical aspect, since most are not much aware of what a photographic representation is and how we communicate with photographs.

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