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Old Nov 24, 2003, 7:55 PM   #1
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Default F1.8 vs. F2.8 ??

I am interested in purchasing the Olympus C-5060 Wide Zoom. I am planning to use the Olympus FL-20 flash for indoor pics. If using a flash, does it really make a difference when comparing F1.8 (C-5050Z) to F2.8 (C-5060WZ)?
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Old Nov 27, 2003, 5:09 PM   #2
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Default Re: F1.8 vs. F2.8 ??

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I am interested in purchasing the Olympus C-5060 Wide Zoom. I am planning to use the Olympus FL-20 flash for indoor pics. If using a flash, does it really make a difference when comparing F1.8 (C-5050Z) to F2.8 (C-5060WZ)?
At this point - with everything being equal - the C5050 will have less depth-of-field than the C5060. I would be inclined to start shooting in f5.6 to get sharper images since the flash will compensate for the extra light needed.



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Old Nov 27, 2003, 9:19 PM   #3
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You're talking a difference of two stops here; if using a flash, the quality of pics should be the same. For close-ups, the F1.8 is capable of much shallower depth of field. I haven't used an F1.8 lens, but I recall vividly taking a close-up of a two-inch mistletoe with a F1.4 Zeiss lens on a Contax SLR and being able to blur 2/3 of the ball! For all practical purposes, while using flash, I wouldn't let an F2.8 keep me from selecting that camera.
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