The value of f1.4

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Shallow depth of field to the rescue

I attended a Networking training event this afternoon.  It took place in a typical hotel conference space, complete with the wonderfully awful lighting and blah decor. Fortunately I anticipated the conditions and brought along my 50mm f1.4 Nikkor prime. Quite often I see the argument being made that you don’t need large aperture lenses anymore because you can just crank up the ISO and get the shot.  The flaw in this reasoning is assuming that f1.4 is only intended for low light situations.  While in actuality it is indispensable when you need to blur the background.  The shot above would be suffer if the background were anymore in focus.  I am a strong advocate that every photographer’s kit can benefit from at least one f1.4 or f1.8 prime.

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