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    Re: Favorite aperture?

    Usually f/22, but sometimes larger for the f/4 lenses.

    I follow the manufacturer's recommendations when available, which they are for many of my lenses.

    All of my lenses are modern, almost all f/5.6: Rodenstock Apo-Sironar-S (most FLs) plus Nikkor and Fujinon.

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    Re: Favorite aperture?

    Depends on the lens and subject matter ... no particular favorite ... and, I have several lenses where there is only one choice: wide open.

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    Re: Favorite aperture?

    My default aperture is f/22 using modern lenses on a 4x5 camera. I don't think I have ever shot them at f/16 or wider. If I need more depth of field or motion blur I will go to f/32, or f/45 on an f/64 lens, but never to the smallest aperture.

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    Re: Favorite aperture?

    For landscape - 22. I'd go 45 or 64 if I were shooting faster film.

    For portraiture - wide open.

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    Re: Favorite aperture?

    Quote Originally Posted by adam satushek View Post
    The widest aperture that gets everything in focus with movements, without losing coverage.n 4x5 its often 22, but sometimes 16 cuts it. On 8x10, same deal often 32, but I'm very happy when I can get it all with 22 to minimize defraction. For me its a balancing act between getting everything I want in focus a while not negatively affecting sharpness.
    I agree. This is essentially my approach, as well.

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    Re: Favorite aperture?

    f22 or 32
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    Re: Favorite aperture?

    Dagors & G Clarons f32

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    Re: Favorite aperture?

    F64

    Need all the DoF I can get in the redwoods (f90 usually with 8x10)

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    Re: Favorite aperture?

    It depends on what my priority is for a given subject---perhaps its DOF, perhaps its a fast shutter speed, perhaps a given example of a lens just seems to work better (my 240mm G Claron @ f/32 comes to mind)
    I steal time at 1/125th of a second, so I don't consider my photography to be Fine Art as much as it is petty larceny.

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    Re: Favorite aperture?

    Hi John,

    I think everyone follows that philosophy.

    A "favorite" aperture does not constitute a law, only a starting point.

    - Leigh

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