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11 Feb 2019 4:03PM   Views : 598 Unique : 371

why are lenses a sports competition? that is a question i should have asked in any discussion involving any lens, good or bad, does not matter.

a multitude of other questions all spring up just as quickly

if there is something, then there should inevitably be a best of those somethings generally speaking which is fitting because what I have found is there is no best. the best available, the best natural light, the best flash, the best landscape, the best portrait, the best group, the best wildlife, the best nature, the best action, the best sports, the best astrophotography ....the best what exactly?


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bornstupix2 6 131 1 France
11 Feb 2019 4:24PM
The point with "best" in digital photography terms is the inconsistency of other photographers monitors and their monitor doesn't matter what lens...what much.....which software....ect....if my monitor is poor quality or badly set or yours is or vice versa the photo tool itself is going to struggle....and we have not touched on the room lighting where the photos are honest opinion is the best you can afford is usually the best and the one you have to hand when a great picture presents itself is definitely the best
As for aesthetic bests that is down to you alone....I love Charente in France where I live....I have lived in London....Falmouth and Looe....but best? ..... I`m Here...says it all.
MUSTDOS 9 16 Lebanon
14 Feb 2019 2:17AM
Any lens that is beyond 150mm (35mm equivalent) should be good enough for a small field like a basket ball court

If you don't know what focal length you really want; try investing with around a $100 lens.

Tair3s and opteka offer some interesting focal lengths for the price of point and shoots

You can then decide what lens you really want
MUSTDOS 9 16 Lebanon
18 Feb 2019 9:30PM
In the end of the day, the best lens is the practical one and not some record/benchmark breaker.

Try before you buy is the way to go; get the vintage lens with an adapter and try it out before buying the one native to your mount.

Just stay away from plastic element infested lenses like sony, nikon g series, or any wide open lens that is cheap. Plastic lenses provide better sharpness than glass since it is easier to manufacture but yield a lot of compromises.

Here is an example of a decent (but manual focus) lens made of actual glass


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