how sharp is your lens?

How sharp is your lens?, people always think their lens in sharp / soft but they didnt realize their lens is actually a soft / sharp lens. Always check it correctly.

OK, im not an optical expert (even though i’m a telecommunication dude doing my degree thesis under Telematic Optic Panel) – but let me show you how i check my lens sharpness.

Take a picture. for example :-
This pics has been cropped 10-15% of its original size to 600×402. can you tell it’s a sharp lens? no you shouldn’t

What you should do, crop the picture 100% and observe it. like this :-

Do you think it’s sharp enough? i think so. The truth is i dont care. If i really want to print pics above without cropping, the picture above would be 1 meter tall. I never print anything larger than 12R before, but to print 1 meter tall print would be overkill for hobbyist like me. imho sharpness is a subjective and art, same goes to bokeh. some might like sharp images but i’ve seen some out of focus and soft images but beautifull. sharp alone wont make a good picture 🙂 – and sharpness depends more on your photographic skill than the number of megapixels.


4 thought on “how sharp is your lens?”

  1. fadzlizuka Post author

    no.. definitely not…

    unless you want to print a billboard, kalau takat 12R, 6MP will give the same fantastic result as 12MP camera.

    kenrockwell write about megapixel myth here:-

    “Image clarity is more dependant on how you shot the photo than on the number of megapixels. A clean shot from a 3MP camera is much better than a slightly out-of focus shot from a $5,000 12 MP camera.”

    it’s a good entry to read. 🙂

  2. Joe

    Ummm WOW! Stunning images, Jessica!!! Makes my liltte Nikkor 60mm look like a kit lens! I love the dew drops on the rose, the eye of the cat, and your daughter is so incredibly pretty. I can’t wait to see what else you do with this lens!!!

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