Does Bigger Mean Better When It Comes to Lenses?

In the past five years or so, we have seen a proliferation of very large lenses. With seemingly ever-expanding footprints and weights, it seems portability has often taken a backseat to image quality. But are these burgeoning sizes always better? This great video takes a look at that question.

Coming to you from Ted Forbes with The Art of Photography, this interesting video discusses the issue of seemingly ever-burgeoning lenses. In the past few years, we have seen a lot of large and heavy lenses come to the market, and this is not without good reason. Bigger sizes mean manufacturers can include more elements in designs to correct issues like aberrations and distortion and push apertures wider and wider. A great example of this design philosophy is Sigma’s Art Series. On the other hand, I think it is also important to consider issues of portability in your work. For example, if you are a wedding photographer, would you rather be lugging around a very heavy f/1.4 lens all day or working with a more manageable f/1.8 lens that still offers 90% of the f/1.4 lens’ performance while being far lighter and smaller? It is certainly something worth considering. Check out the video for the full rundown from Forbes. 


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