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    Too Sharp?

    Good afternoon,

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

    Thanks,

    Clint

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    None are too sharp.

    However that opens up a can of worms, the debate bout Japanese & German lens design parameters.

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    It's not possible for a lens to be too sharp.

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    Way back in the 1970's I produced a tight head and shoulder portrait of my lady friend, with a 55mm Nikon Macro lens in strong lighting on Kodachrome film stock. I loved the sharpness. She screamed "I DON"T need a photographer, I NEED a plastic surgeon"! Yes sometimes things can be too sharp.

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    Or the Tessar vs Planar debate. In fact what we perceive as sharpness are more often than not actually contrast more then resolving power or resolution.

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    Many (typically German) 85-90mm f/2.8 lenses are "too" sharp or harsh-looking for flattering or pleasing portraits. In some cases that also corresponds with less than ideal bokeh.
    Their f/2.0 or f/1.4 brothers are usually softer at full aperture and better suited for portraits, usually throwing in great bokeh as well (the Nikkor 105 f/2.5 also has this behaviour).

    For non-portrait use, those "too-sharp" lenses are usually great!
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    Not 35mm, but MF. I have been told that the 100mm Hasselblad lens is brutally sharp for women's portraits.

    Steve
    Warning!! Handling a Hasselblad can be harmful to your financial well being!

    Nothing beats a great piece of glass!

    I leave the digital work for the urologists and proctologists.

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    It's a lot easier to contrive a soft image with a sharp lens than it is to get a sharp image out of a soft lens.
    WYSIWYG - At least that's my goal.

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    There are some sharp lenses out there, notably the enlarger lenses come to my mind. In 35mm photography probably the sharpest lenses are the short tele like the 75/2 Apo Summicron ASPH, 100/2.8 APO MAkro Elmarit, the Zeiss Makro Planar 100/2 ZF and the Sonnar 85/2 ZM. The MTF curves of these lenses even wide open will show you the 40lp/mm line horizontal and well above 60, stopped down above 80, for the moment nothing gets really better than that in the 35mm photography. I use the MP 100/2, and with some sharp film the results can be frightening: http://www.flickr.com/photos/5917703...17250/sizes/l/ BTW, the bokeh of this lens is wonderful.

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    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.

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