F/8 and be there... still?

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Jon Donahue Contributing Member • Posts: 709
F/8 and be there... still?

Used to be a truism, attributed to news photographer Weegee in the 1930s, that using f/8 with the lens preset to hyperfocal distance was 'never fail' ... you would always get a sharp enough image. Weegee and most others back then used 4x5-inch sheet film cameras, like Speed Graphics. But time goes by. 120 film, 35mm, and APS-C.
If you were a news photographer today and wanted to preset your DSLR camera to instantly take a picture on MF (with no chance of a bad AF), what f/stop would you use for daylight, using the Av mode? Assume a fairly standard 28, 35, or 50mm prime lens.
I'm leaning toward f/10, but have no rational reason why except for long depth of field coupled with up to ISO 3200 usually allowing fast enough shutter speed. At the expense of not being at the absolute sharpest aperture for most lenses. Does this make sense, or is it ridiculous?

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