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November 01, 2007

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Lawrence Ripsher

I know you said you weren't interested but my ideal f-stop (the one I use the most for creative purposes) is f/1.4 as that's what the 24mm and 35mm will open up to.

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i don't have one now. i shoot with a canon p&S with a fixed aperture (and a built in ND filter for excess daylight) and i'm happy with that. some years ago i had a manual focus film-slr. i was then very happy not with the best aperture of my lenses but with the extremes. i loved to get a steady(not motion blurred) low light street photo wide open, and i liked even more to get big depth of field in more comfortably lighted situations (my eyesight is poor so big dof meant: subject more or less in focus).

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Some lenses are incredibly sharp at f2.8, while others need to go to f8.0 to reach their peak. Wouldn't it be useful to know this information about each of your lenses?

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It almost never occurs with the lens aperture wide open, but rather when it is stopped down a bit.

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Back in my film days, 90% of my photographs were shot in b&w. Over time, I came to think in b&w. Only now do I realize what a powerful mindset that was. When you remove the color information, your mind changes. Think about how your previsualization works when you know that the color you are seeing will not be part of the final image. You immediately begin to focus on things like texture, contrast, tonal range, shape, and form. All of the subtle things can turn a good image into a great image. Heck, I used to actually use the "zone system" to place the shadows or highlights right where I wanted them. Just thinking about the zone system before pressing the shutter is an exercise in good photography. It causes you to consider the elements in the photographs as elements and how they should work as part of the whole.

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I have to admit that I don't know nothing about it. I think that companies should do something to let people know more about this stuff to make easier to buy lens.

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