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    Sweet Spot Site

    Hi all
    I tried using the search button, but didn't come up with anything.
    Im just wondering if there is a website somewhere that has a list of lenses and their sweet spots???
    Or is there a thread on the forum that has them??

    Cheers cam

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    Also remember that every lens is made within a specified range of tolerances so you and I could have the exact same lens but the sweet spot on both is different just cause of variances in manufacture. The best way to find the sweet spot for your lens is to use it and find it for yourself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JimmyCat View Post
    Thanks a lot for the links
    Will go through them today and see what i can find.
    thanks again

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    Quote Originally Posted by ricktas View Post
    Also remember that every lens is made within a specified range of tolerances so you and I could have the exact same lens but the sweet spot on both is different just cause of variances in manufacture. The best way to find the sweet spot for your lens is to use it and find it for yourself.
    Ahhhh ok
    I'll go through those links and then google how to find the sweet spot.
    If I have a ball park place to start with it should make it a little easy to find the spot I hope.
    thanks again
    cheers cam

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    "If I have a ball park place to start with it should make it a little easy to find the spot I hope."

    f/9.
    Last edited by Mark L; 11-09-2013 at 9:44pm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark L View Post
    "If I have a ball park place to start with it should make it a little easy to find the spot I hope."

    f/9.
    agree with Mark. Between about f8 and f11 is a good generic answer for fairly much all lenses. Also most zoom lenses are not their best at either end of the zoom extremes.

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    Ok thanks a lot for the help
    cheers cam

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    Also to note tho, is that while knowing and understanding where and how your lens works at specific settings, not to get too tied up in trying to maintain those settings just because your lens works best when set in that manner.

    That is, if your lens works well at f/8 but the situations requires either a faster or slower aperture value(for whatever reason) .. then don't get into the trap of maintaining f/8 at all costs just because it provides 'good images' there .. set yourself up according to what will allow the best image capture.

    I think the best site for quick and easy referencing of how well to expect your lenses to work at various settings is Photozone.
    It may not be the authoritative site(and in fact none will be) .. but the presentation of each lenses ability is easy to read and understand.

    What you would then do, is to use your lens at the settings they tested at, and while maintaining the same light and subject framing between each settings change ... review each image to determine if those settings work for you too.
    Nikon D800E, D300, D70s
    {Nikon} -> 50/1.2 : 500/8(CPU'd) : 105/2.8VR Micro : 180/2.8ais : 105mm f/1.8ais : 24mm/2ais
    {Sigma}; ->10-20/4-5.6 : 50/1.4 : 12-24/4.5-5.6II : 150-600mm|S
    {Tamron}; -> 17-50/2.8 : 28-75/2.8 : 70-200/2.8 : 300/2.8 SP MF : 24-70/2.8VC


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