How Much Lens Sharpness Do You Really Need?

Lens sharpness is one of the most sought-after characteristics in photography, with photographers often willing to shell out a lot of money on lenses that are often quite bulky and a lot to carry around. Why are we so obsessed with sharpness? How much do we really need? This excellent video essay discusses the topic. 

Coming to you from Matt Irwin Photography, this interesting video discusses the issue of lens sharpness and how much we really need at the end of the day. Along with bokeh, a lot of us tend to obsess about sharpness, whether that is through pixel-peeping, reading reviews inside and out, or spending a lot of money for top-shelf lenses. And no doubt, it can be really exciting when you pull up a file that is razor-sharp, but considering we often post our images on the web and social media, where you rarely need over 2,000 pixels on the long side, we might not need ultimate levels of sharpness as often as we think, and that can free up our wallets quite a bit and also allow us to explore more creative options (such as vintage lenses). Check out the video above for Irwin’s full thoughts. 


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