Do you really NEED a fast lens? Take this quick test!

Do you really NEED a fast lens? Take this quick test!

Lenses with super-fast apertures are becoming more and more commonplace, with new f/0.95 and f/1.0 glass available for every popular mount. These optics are incredibly desirable, but the question is: do you actually need a super-fast lens or do you just want one? 

We've seen all manner of ultra-fast glass released this year. From the premium $9,000 Nikkor Z 58mm f/0.95 Noct for Nikon's Z-mount cameras to the Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm f/0.95 for mirrorless and DSLRs to the Fujinon XF 50mm f/1.0 WR, the fastest autofocus lens on the market today, there are all manner of options. 

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.