We all love to drool over those beautiful, fast (and oh so expensive) f/1.2 and f/1.4 lenses. But do you really need that top shelf glass, or would you be better served by saving your money and investing in a cheaper version? This great video talks about some of the more intangible facets of lenses and why it's about more than just the widest apertures.
Coming to you from Daniel Norton, this great video talks about some of the factors that go into lenses and things you should consider beyond just the widest aperture of a lens. While there definitely are a lot of great intermediate and budget lenses out there, you can expect certain things out of professional level lenses, such as faster and more reliable autofocus, more rugged and weather-proof builds, and more. Similarly, while you may not need an ultra-wide aperture like f/1.2, one thing to consider is that if you shoot an f/1.2 and f/1.8 lens both at f/1.8, the f/1.2 lens will almost always be sharper than the f/1.8. If you're planning on making a career of photography, it's certainly worth considering a professional option. Check out the video above for Norton's full thoughts.