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f-stop sweet-spot

Phil_D 13 81 Scotland
6 Mar 2007 10:04PM
I have read a few comments on here recently about the 'sweet-spot' usually being somewhere in the middle of the f-stop range (I appreciate the actual figure may vary according to which particular lens is in question).

I shoot mainly landscapes, and normally use something like f16 or f22 (i.e. the smallest available) to try and maximise depth of field.

Am I missing a trick here - would I get sharper results using the 'sweet-spot', or am I okay?



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User_Removed 16 17.9k 8 Norway
6 Mar 2007 10:09PM
It's all about Diffraction Sharpness Phil. This will help - immensely.
spaceman 16 5.3k 3 Wales
6 Mar 2007 10:13PM
In theory the medium apertures bring out the best in a lens but whether the difference is visible to the eye is debatable. If you're using a wide-angle lens it generally isn't necessary to use a very small aperture, f11 should do the job.
Phil_D 13 81 Scotland
6 Mar 2007 10:22PM
Thanks Mike - some bedtime reading!, and thanks Michael - I will try some this weekend and see what like the results are.

User_Removed 16 17.9k 8 Norway
6 Mar 2007 10:53PM
Be sure to check out Sean's Gallery too Phil...
dcash29 14 2.4k England
6 Mar 2007 11:40PM
Is it me or the linked pages Mike? i cant get them to print out properly on A4
User_Removed 16 17.9k 8 Norway
7 Mar 2007 7:11AM
As I recall David, I had to print out in 'Landscape' format...

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