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    Default Fixed Aperture Lens vs Variable Aperture Lens?

    I've been looking around for a sharp zoom lens. It doesn't matter whether there is distortion or not, as long as it could be fixed easily during post-processing. Then, i came across 2 type of lenses, fixed aperture lens and variable aperture lens. The fixed aperture lens cost ALOT more than the variable ones. Yes, the build quality is much better and some of them have special coatings.

    Take a look at these 2 lenses:
    NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G vs NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G

    Yes, the zoom range might be more but the price is really alot more. at focal length 24mm, the 24-85mm can take in more light than the 24-120mm. It is only at mid-higher focal range where the 24-120 shine. But this doesn't justify the discrepancy in price. So i asked the sales woman, and she told me that the 24-120mm is able to take sharper photos. Then i wondered, how can i tell if she is telling the truth. Are there any specs to look out for? Or i should just read tons of reviews to know more about the lens that i'm interested in? >.>

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    Default Re: Fixed Aperture Lens vs Variable Aperture Lens?

    This question again???

    How can you tell if she's telling the truth? easy! READ REVIEWS. Test the lenses for yourself.
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    Default Re: Fixed Aperture Lens vs Variable Aperture Lens?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rashkae View Post
    This question again???
    What do you mean by this question again? lol.

    Alright :/

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    Default Re: Fixed Aperture Lens vs Variable Aperture Lens?

    Quote Originally Posted by holyxiaoxin View Post
    What do you mean by this question again? lol.

    Alright :/
    you posted it about 2 days ago with the thread title "nikon".
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    Default Re: Fixed Aperture Lens vs Variable Aperture Lens?

    Just for clarification, fixed aperture lens refers to examples such as mirror lenses where the aperture is just that - fixed, i.e. you can't vary. Read link here: Mirror Lenses

    You are talking about CONSTANT aperture lens.

    In general, constant aperture lenses are more expensive because it costs that much more engineering and design-wise. In general, these tend to be higher-grade lenses which will also be sharper overall. This is not to say that the variable aperture lenses are necessarily not-sharp and the constant aperture lenses are necessarily sharp. It depends on the individual lens in question.

    So to answer your question, you should read user reviews. I'm sure there are many of these on the net. Don't take any saleswoman's word for it, in particular since the 24-120mm f/4 costs more (so naturally she gains more if you buy the more expensive lens). You should also calibrate this with your own needs, not everyone needs an extraordinarily sharp lens.

    One more point to note is that constant aperture lenses tend to be heavier than their equivalent counterparts, as usually more glass is required.

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    Default Re: Fixed Aperture Lens vs Variable Aperture Lens?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rashkae View Post
    you posted it about 2 days ago with the thread title "nikon".
    OMG where is that thread. i also vaguely remember myself posting something like that. :/

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    Quote Originally Posted by holyxiaoxin View Post

    OMG where is that thread. i also vaguely remember myself posting something like that. :/
    Either deleted by you or by a mod.
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    Default Re: Fixed Aperture Lens vs Variable Aperture Lens?

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    Default Re: Fixed Aperture Lens vs Variable Aperture Lens?

    oops. i guessed i was in a middle of a thought on picking a subject, and then i hit the post button. :X

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    Quote Originally Posted by holyxiaoxin View Post
    oops. i guessed i was in a middle of a thought on picking a subject, and then i hit the post button. :X
    Haiyo... people like you give newbies a bad reputation.

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    Default Re: Fixed Aperture Lens vs Variable Aperture Lens?

    go for a fixed aperture and make your life easier. and less tendency to upgrade thereafter.
    Playing with M43.

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    Default Re: Fixed Aperture Lens vs Variable Aperture Lens?

    Quote Originally Posted by holyxiaoxin View Post
    oops. i guessed i was in a middle of a thought on picking a subject, and then i hit the post button. :X
    Lots of things to learn. Hope you learn fast.

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