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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zenrhino View Post
    Good afternoon,

    Can you think of any 35mm lenses that are too sharp?

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    Clint
    No.

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    A lens can have more contrast than I like, but it can't be too sharp.

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    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.


    Marcus

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    Quote Originally Posted by marcus schluschen View Post
    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.


    Marcus
    Or print it with a stocking folded over several times. You may need a cigarette to burn holes for the eyes. :rolleyes:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Q.G. View Post
    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.

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    "Kind of a sweeping statement." Now, that's both tautological and funny!

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    Guess it is more a matter of the quality of the light hitting your subject?

    also, Keith Carter, TX, springs to mind - believe one of his "core tenets" is that unsharpness is as much a creative element as sharpness is.
    S°ren

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    Quote Originally Posted by nocrop View Post
    "Kind of a sweeping statement." Now, that's both tautological and funny!
    I see your point...perhaps I should have left out the "kind of.."
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    Quote Originally Posted by 23mjm View Post
    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.
    Unicorn?
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