Uh, someone mentioned a portrait of a lady in harsh light, tack sharp lens and Kodachrome.
Brutal combination for a ladys portrait.
Redeem yourself, put her into soft light and use a softar filter on your lens.
Super sharp lenses are great, but for portraits use a quality softar filter with your lens.
A lens is never too sharp.
Some people don't want to face the truth, yes.
But a lens is never too sharp.
Many lenses are not sharp enough.
You can dumb down a sharp lens. If you really dare not face the truth.
But you can never get anything good out of a 'not sharp' lens.
Kind of a sweeping statement. I have seen plenty Holga images that dispute this statement.
I do wish people would consider that sharpness in photography has less to do with the lens and everything to do with the mind behind the camera :rolleyes:
I for one think that the answer of relative sharpness all depends on what you are seeing, and how you wish to communicate it. So the answer is yes, a lens can be too sharp....and the same lens can also be too soft.
A lens too sharp?? A girl too pretty?? Having too much money?? Easter Bunny??? 4 things that don't exist. But I find that there are other factor than sharpness that go into making a great lens. 99% of the lenses have an acceptable degree of sharpness.
People forget that there are ways to de-sharpen a sharp lens. Filters with petroleum jelly; nylon under the printing lens; and so on, and so on...
But (short of Photoshop, which doesn't really create sharpness, anyway; it creates the illusion of it) there is no way to sharpen the image of an unsharp lens.
Mark's point about bokeh is valid, but I'm answering the question in the absence of all other criteria. A lens cannot be too sharp. If it is sharp at the expense of other important factors, the sharpness is not the problem, the lack of the other factors is the problem, and that's a fair nit to pick.
Jim MacKenzie - Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
A bunch of Nikons; Feds, Zorkis and a Kiev; Pentax 67-II (inherited from my deceased father-in-law); Bronica SQ-A; and a nice Shen Hao 4x5 field camera with 3 decent lenses that needs to be taken outside more. Oh, and as of mid-2012, one of those bodies we don't talk about here.