- Jan 11, 2013
- Leamington Spa, UK
So you just guess what aperture you're using?Never look at numbers. Aperture priority and choice first of all as to DOF I need and second to what the combination of shutter / aperture signals me in the histogram. And even there priority lies in DOF I want.
It's composition that matters, not numbers.
Olympus had production 200mm f/5 and 400mm f/6.3 lenses and some odd numbers for prototypes that never made it to production.Back in the 60s and 70s I couldn't undertaand s ome of the apertures found on normal lenses for 35mm SLRs (and many fixed lens RFs as well). Zeiss, Nikon and Mamiya long had a 50mm f2, but their competition was all "just a hair faster":
f1.9 Miranda, Meyer, Steinheil, Yashica/Contax
f1.8 Pentax, Olympus, Konica, Miranda, Canon
f1.7 Minolta, Pentax, Yashica/Contax, Ricoh
f1.5 Zeiss Jena Sonnar
Next stop, f1.4
Other oddballs I recall:
f2.9, f4.8, f6.7, f6.9
I believe the correct term for that is “sooo meta!”I'm just here to say I use f/5.6 more than any other aperture. The haters don't know what they're missing.
Because I haven't published those reviews yet.
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Minolta MD 50mm f/1.7 III at f/5.6 with the Panasonic 12-60 f/3.5-5.6 at f/5.6
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EL-Nikkor 105 f/5.6 N at f/5.6 with the Panasonic-Leica 45mm f/2.8 at f/5.6
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EL-Nikkor 75mm f/4 N at f/5.6 with the EL-Nikkor 105mm f/5.6 N at f/5.6 reversed on the Panasonic 100-300 f/4-5.6 at f/5.6
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EL-Nikkor 50mm f/2.8 N at f/5.6 with the EL-Nikkor 75mm f/4 N at f/5.6 reversed on the Panasonic 45-175 f/4-5.6 at f/5.6
This is for sure not meant to be a serious postAt first I thought the OP was joking (and I still think he is) but we are on page 2 and counting and people reply with serious answers among the sarcastic ones.