The reason that people want huge aperture lenses is more about acquisition and their image (in the mistaken belief that bigger is better) than if they need them for practical low light photography, it's overkill like buying a Ferrari to do your shopping at the local supermarket.
Originally Posted by Mackinaw
I've been using Canon FD lenses for 35years and never needed a bigger standard lens than my 50mm f1.4 which aperture for aperture the best of them. Gear freaks, and obsessive lens testers rarely in my almost fifty years experience as a photographer rarely take worthwhile pictures with their equipment because their raison d'Ítre is acquisition and testing of gear not creating pictures, when I consider claims that people I meet are photographers I don't ask them about their equipment only to see their work, because anyone with money can buy cameras and lenses.
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