There is no way to decide.
I adjust different F-stops for different kind of shots.
sound like a weird poll... but i voted for 5.6! lolx...
5DII+BG-E6+580EXII, 24-105 f4L, 50 F1.4 DG EX & 135 F2L
Learn a lot from this thread, thx guys!
I have pick up quite a few tips from this thread...thanks to all for inputs!
EOS 50D | EF 24-105 F4 | EF 70-200 F4 | Sigma 30 f/1.4 | EF-S 10-22 f/3.5-4.5 | Speedlite 580EX II
There is no favourite aperture. It all depends on your setting and what kind of photo you expect. I don't wanna fix to using this aperture for most shots which makes all your shots look dull. Be creative and explore
suddenly i remembered a friend of mine who likes to use the biggest possible aperture... his portraits are nice but when i saw his other shots beside portraits on full screen then i find it funny...
e.g. 1: Event Coverage: every photo got shallow DOF (albeit his lens producing nice bokeh)... subject very clear but no idea of what the event is about...
e.g. 2: Car shots: focused on windscreen with f/3.5 and then found only windscreen is sharp, all others blur, he stopped down to f/4 and said that's better... but i see beside the windscreen is sharp, only side mirror get sharper... front lights, logo, bumper still blur...
e.g. 3: Landscape: he said he stopped down considerable amount to f/5.6... but i see shallow DOF landscape photos a little bit weird...
on screen review of his photos i would say his "favorite" aperture being f/2.8 - f/4... but really good to have a "favorite" aperture? I would say no...
why no f22 =O
but thats my favourite aperture :'( hahah
i learnt a lot too.. thanks!
Wah....like final year examination question.....very tricky...
no right or wrong answer here....
f1.2 on 85mm. Lovely.
I find that I only shoot at 3 apertures.
2-f5.6 when I need a little more DOF
3-f8 when I need huge DOF.
F4.0, I do not like the background too vague.
if u don't know what u are doing, then f5.6 or f8 is a safe aperture.
anything more than f8, diffraction sets in.
and lens are not really meant to be shot at its biggest aperture.
sweetspot as mentioned is 2 stops down.
Hi, Stopping down is shifting focus, slow, so I use AF which is fast for fast-moving subjects.
I usually use f/8 or f/11.