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Re: Do you usually shoot your lenses wide open?
« Reply #15 on: September 30, 2013, 07:12:25 PM »
How do you guys shoot? Do you tend to shoot at max aperture most of the times?

I definitely don't shoot at max aperture most of the time.  I use whatever aperture is needed for the shot.  Depends on the subject matter, the background, the lens, the intended result, the time of day, the season, etc. 

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Re: Do you usually shoot your lenses wide open?
« Reply #16 on: September 30, 2013, 07:21:36 PM »
Why not?  I really like wide open.  However, I use f/8 for group of 4 and f/11 for group of 5+.
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Re: Do you usually shoot your lenses wide open?
« Reply #17 on: September 30, 2013, 07:24:13 PM »
Do you tend to shoot at max aperture most of the times?
With the exception of my 300 f/2.8is, hardly ever.

Bright lenses are great for speedy AF and just to have that bit extra in reserve when you have no choice but to open right up to achieve a usable shutter speed.

In my business I need to deliver sharp commercial quality images. While wide open shots occasionally have their aesthetic benefits, there is just too much potential for OOF images. Hand held or even on a monopod, all you or your subject need to do is rock back or forward ever so slightly after you've got your focus lock, and your focus point may have moved to the ear or the tip of the nose. Errgh. Some photographers will claim to overcome this by using AI focus, but maybe their AF technique is better than mine.

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Re: Do you usually shoot your lenses wide open?
« Reply #18 on: September 30, 2013, 07:34:23 PM »
Yep!

Depth of field vs. isolation, stop the action vs. controlled blur, and noise are constant considerations when I shoot.  I stop it down when situation calls for it.  But, I paid higher dollars for faster lenses for a reason.  Most of what I shoot benefits from shooting wide open.   It's actually satisfying in way to discover that I shoot most images wide open.  I can tell myself that I'm getting money's worth after paying extra for the faster lens.
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Re: Do you usually shoot your lenses wide open?
« Reply #19 on: September 30, 2013, 07:42:23 PM »
 yep... I  do.  I stop down my  fisheye to f8,  but the rest of my lenses I  shoot  open or close to. 

 most of my lenses  are still sharp  wide open. 
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Re: Do you usually shoot your lenses wide open?
« Reply #20 on: September 30, 2013, 08:05:41 PM »
 when I had the 50 f 1.4, I  shot  at 2.8  or 4.   that is where that lens is really sharp. 

 but what is the point of having a 1.4  lens of you never shoot wide open.
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Re: Do you usually shoot your lenses wide open?
« Reply #21 on: September 30, 2013, 08:14:10 PM »
I shot wildlife and in addition to having the eyes sharp, i like to get the body sharp.  thus I try to shoot at F8, for that extra DOF.  However when the light is poor, then I will open up

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Re: Do you usually shoot your lenses wide open?
« Reply #22 on: September 30, 2013, 08:20:03 PM »
I shoot wide open my 24-70 and 70-200 pretty much always.

On my fisheye and landscape zoom, I go f/8 or f/11 to get everything in focus, as that's usually what you're looking for.

On primes, I usually stop down one stop, to up the sharpness a bit.

The only time I routinely prefer stop down is when doing flash photography or when using an extender.
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Re: Do you usually shoot your lenses wide open?
« Reply #23 on: September 30, 2013, 08:46:02 PM »
It depends on the type of Photography.

Underwater Imaging I generally work WA at f/8 or f/11, Macro at f/22

On wildlife it depends on the Lens in use & what I'm trying to achieve, 200f/2, 300f/2.8 & 600f/4, mostly wide Open.

The 200-400 almost always wide open either f/4 or f/5.6.
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Re: Do you usually shoot your lenses wide open?
« Reply #24 on: September 30, 2013, 09:38:29 PM »
On my Leicas... oh hell yes!  I strive for wide open.  The Leica M beats circles around Canon EOS focusing on any sort of lens from 90mm down to whatever (12mm?).   On Canon....I try to stop down about 2/3 stop, just get things sharp.  The Leica lenses.... 28, 35, 50, 75, 90mm Summicrons are all sharp as a razor at f/2.0

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Re: Do you usually shoot your lenses wide open?
« Reply #25 on: September 30, 2013, 09:53:24 PM »
The only f2.8 lens I shot at f8 and f11 was 16-35 f2.8 II.

Otherwise:
1. 50L @ f1.4 - f1.6 only
2. 85L II @ 1.2 - 1.6 only
3. 40pancake @ f2.8 or f5.6 only
4. 24-70 II + 70-200 most of the time @ f2.8, sometime f5.6

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Re: Do you usually shoot your lenses wide open?
« Reply #26 on: September 30, 2013, 10:43:35 PM »
The only f2.8 lens I shot at f8 and f11 was 16-35 f2.8 II.

Otherwise:
1. 50L @ f1.4 - f1.6 only
2. 85L II @ 1.2 - 1.6 only
3. 40pancake @ f2.8 or f5.6 only
4. 24-70 II + 70-200 most of the time @ f2.8, sometime f5.6

With the 85 f/1.8 I was shooting at 5.6 over the weekend... it is because I was shooting my daughter with her grandfather and they weren't on the same plane... so as always... just depends on the shot.  Do I normally hover around 1.8... yep.
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Re: Do you usually shoot your lenses wide open?
« Reply #27 on: September 30, 2013, 10:46:36 PM »
not much except my 100mm F2.8 USM macro and the 55-250.  For other primes, it's mostly about F2.2 to F11 depending on how much DOF I need.

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« Reply #28 on: September 30, 2013, 10:57:59 PM »
I shoot wide open when I want subject isolation. I shoot wide closed (ok ok, corny) when I do landscapes, and I shoot whatever the camera says when controlling the speed is more important, like in this one:

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Re: Do you usually shoot your lenses wide open?
« Reply #29 on: September 30, 2013, 11:47:08 PM »
Thanks for the replies.

I'm a hobby shooter and most of my shooting for the past one and a half year was with the 24-105 f/4, 70-200 f/4 and the 100-400 at f/5.6. Personally, I found these lenses wide open (at f/4 and f/5.6) to give me all the DOF I needed and probably more which got me into getting the faster lenses.

The 24-70 II was purchased earlier this year and it has been used between f/2.8 to f/5.6 but more often than not, wide open.

The 50mm f/1.4 prime is used mostly indoors in low light where I need the lens faster than f/2.8 - so again wide open or f/2.2.

The 135L is used when I'm taking pictures of my kids / in low light and/or while shooting random sports - so mostly at f/2 to give me great bokeh and fast shutter speed.

The only lens I use mostly stopped down is the 100mm macro which I found I use mostly at f/11 or smaller.

The 16-35 II and the 70-200 II were acquired just this past week so things may change yet  :)
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Re: Do you usually shoot your lenses wide open?
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