If you could only use 1 f-stop for an entire year...

Discussion in '35mm Cameras and Accessories' started by Eric Rose, Jan 5, 2010.

Pick an f stop to use for one entire year.

Poll closed Mar 6, 2010.
  1. f 1.2

    10 vote(s)
    6.1%
  2. f 1.4

    10 vote(s)
    6.1%
  3. f 2

    23 vote(s)
    14.1%
  4. f 3.5

    5 vote(s)
    3.1%
  5. f 4.5

    14 vote(s)
    8.6%
  6. f 5.6

    29 vote(s)
    17.8%
  7. f 8

    44 vote(s)
    27.0%
  8. f 11

    14 vote(s)
    8.6%
  9. f 16

    7 vote(s)
    4.3%
  10. f 22

    7 vote(s)
    4.3%
  1. Eric Rose

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    If you could only use one f-stop for an entire year what would you choose? Are you going to go for the wide open selective focus look or maybe just the staple f 8 and be there or maybe closed right down to get lots of dof.

    Me, if I had to choose one f-stop for an entire year I would choose one that would make me stretch a bit in the way I create images, not my usual mode of picking the f-stop to get what I want in focus and what I don't want out of focus.

    I think I would choose wide open which on my current crop of lenses is f2. Maybe the look has been beat to death, but I think it would be fun.

    Remember this is the 35mm Camera and Accessories forum. What you would do in MF and LF doesn't count here. To bad so sad. So there.

    Oops, should not be 4.5, should be 4, oh well can't edit polls.
     
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  2. Sirius Glass

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    ROTFLMAO!

    Eric, Eric, Eric, you have much to much time on your hands. Go out and shoot some film.

    Steve
     
  3. Prest_400

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    Indeed.

    I do too. Drab sad days and have slow film (KR64) and being uninspired. I need spring, and some holidays at a different place.

    Well, I picked up f2. It's good enough for some indoor shooting and shade, which is 75% of my photography.
    Otherwise I'd go f5.6 or f8.
     
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    With electronic flash, units I can easily shoot weddings and portraits for a whole year at f/8.
     
  5. Eric Rose

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    I did just before going to the dentist this afternoon to get a temp crown. Now I am feeling like I need a big glass of the falling down water as Les M calls it.
     
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    I'd hate to be stuck shooting at one f-stop for a year. If I had to, I'd pick 5.6. My lens is a 70-200mm F/4 lens, and I've found that the "sweet spot" for sharpness is F/8. I shoot at F/8 when it's sunny, but I've shot at F/4 when I've had to. I think if I had to pick one f-stop for one year, F/5.6 would be the best compromise. :smile:
     
  7. Cheryl Jacobs

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    As a portraitist, I shoot almost everything wide open at f/2.8. You haven't listed that one, though, so I didn't vote.

    - CJ
     
  8. mikebarger

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    What happened to small stops?

    Mike
     
  9. Sirius Glass

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    f/ 32 44 64 88 128 176 256 352 512 ...

    Saint Ansel and Saint Edward would be appalled you those diffraction ladenned apertures!

    Steve
     
  10. Christopher Walrath

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    Yeah, I would vote but f32 isn't on the list.
     
  11. Eric Rose

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    This is the 35mm forum boys! Most 35mm camera lenses don't go beyond f22 except for some macro lenses and a few telephotos. So lets try and keep this on track, ok.
     
  12. Eric Rose

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    If your favorite f stop isn't listed just pick the closest one (lets not get picky). Also I could only use 10 options so I had to limit the number of f stops.
     
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    I knew of a photographer who's motto was "Shoot at 5.6, you'll always get an image".
     
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    well, depends on the format - f4 is pretty fast for 11x14" coverage whereas I have a f0.95 for 16mm cine ...
     
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    sorry wrong forum
    i said 3.5, and it should have said either 1.8 ( 1/2 frame ) or 2 ...
    i pretty much do this already :smile:
     
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    APUG does not revolve around 35mm alone. :sad:

    Steve
     
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    I chose f/4.5. I shoot MF rangefinders and not being able to see depth of field sometimes it's fun to be surprised by shots taken near wide open. So for me, I'd go f/4. Love the bokeh!
     
  19. Eric Rose

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    It does in the 35mm Camera and Accessories forum. Ya I know the fine print kills us all.
     
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    What I think he's saying is that this forum in APUG is under English>Equipment>35mm Cameras and Accessories.

    f/8 if I was stuck at one thing. I mean it's like fate or something.
     
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    I often shoot wide open, in available light, at night. I like fast lenses (f1:1.4) and monopods. I am not reluctant to use shutter speeds of 1/4 or 1/2 second, to get an image.
     
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    Id choose F-64, but its not listed?
     
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    f-64 here too.
     
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    You need Tri-X and an hour long walk round your neighbourhood. :wink:
     
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    It's hard to say, but I would go for f22

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    Eric
    Hope this doesn't sound too harsh, but this is the silliest thing I have seen on the site.
    Michael