This is the fastest lens on the market today. It costs over $2500. It is huge
and heavy, a solid cube of optical glass. The image quality it produces is almost
certainly lower than what you'd get with a 50/1.4 or 50/1.8. There aren't too
many good reasons to own a 50/1.0 but sometimes you really do need that extra
Note: unless otherwise noted, images on this page are from my
Summer 1994 travelogue and are Fuji Super G ISO 400 print
Here's a simulation of an Aegis missile cruiser's control room. Lots of dim
displays and video monitors. f/1.0 and 1/15 if memory serves. I braced my elbows
on armrests to steady the camera.
Elvis's house (Graceland) looking at his coffeetable and EP paperweight. This was
f/1.0 and 1/60th or maybe f/1.2 and there isn't much depth of field but somehow
that seems to make the letters stand out better.
Everyone knows that they light up
Niagara Falls, right? Well, apparently
not after midnight in the low season. f/1.0 and 20 seconds with Fuji Velvia (ISO
A rib joint in Memphis. Low light. Noisy
crowd. The perfect place for a $700 SLR and $2500 lens. How else would you
capture the scene? Would you believe a $120 Yashica T4 set on a table edge,
self-time, flash off? ISO 400 film.
Oh yeah, it seems to
work OK for regular photography.