I've enjoyed "demystifying" various aspects of photography—Oren Grad's nice word for it—and I've gone through various "phases," or fads, or preoccupations, or obsessions through the years. The most obvious one, and one most people arrive at early in their involvement with their own photography, is with sharpness. That didn't last all that long for me. Sharpness (slash, resolution) doesn't interest me much; in my opinion it ruins as many photographs as it makes.
Of all those faddish phases, though, the one that lasted the longest and was the most (maddeningly) persistent for me was with bokeh. All hope abandon, ye who enter there.
And yet, people might be amused to learn that I shoot with Micro 4/3 mainly because I think it's just about perfect for depth of field. That is, it gives the best balance of large-sensor advantages and smaller-sensor d.o.f characteristics. It's just really a luxury to be able to get such good d.o.f. with relatively wide apertures.
And I hardly ever shoot with any lenses wide open. (And with some lenses, never.) It's just too easy for me to see the aberrations that are always most evident at the widest apertures.
If I want more bokeh, I just move closer or use a longer lens.
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