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View Poll Results: Pick an f stop to use for one entire year.

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  • f 1.2

    10 6.13%
  • f 1.4

    10 6.13%
  • f 2

    23 14.11%
  • f 3.5

    5 3.07%
  • f 4.5

    14 8.59%
  • f 5.6

    29 17.79%
  • f 8

    44 26.99%
  • f 11

    14 8.59%
  • f 16

    7 4.29%
  • f 22

    7 4.29%
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    If you could only use 1 f-stop for an entire year...

    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.
    Last edited by Eric Rose; 01-05-2010 at 08:01 PM. Click to view previous post history. Reason: boo boo on f 4
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    ROTFLMAO!

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sirius Glass View Post
    ROTFLMAO!

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

    Steve
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sirius Glass View Post
    ROTFLMAO!

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

    Steve
    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.
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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.

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    What happened to small stops?

    Mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikebarger View Post
    What happened to small stops?

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

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

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    Yeah, I would vote but f32 isn't on the list.
    Thank you.
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