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  • Jeffrey Kaiser

Tip #6, the sweet spot of the lens

Tip #6 for capturing sharper images: The sweet spot.

All zoom lenses have that range where the lens is the most sharp. That range is usually 2 to 3 stops above the maximum aperture (smallest f-stop number) of the lens and it's what photographers call the sweet spot of the lens.

I usually shoot the Canon 70-200 f2.8. Shooting a lens at the largest aperture causes chromatic aberration, an effect that causes edges in the photo to resemble a Pink Floyd album cover. Higher quality lenses have less chromatic aberration but it is still there. I typically shoot at f7.1 or f8 in the studio to capture the sharpest image possible with my lens.

Canon menu highlighting an aperture of 7.1, the sweet spot of the Canon 70-200 f2.8 lens

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