I'd rather have too much detail and blur it than trying to reclaim detail from the blurry sections
I hear that however if you capture a blurry shot with the sharpest lens out there it's still a hosed photot no matter what you do to it. My statement works only if you get it right in camera.
I agree with the general notion that a great photo isn't a great photo just because it's crazy sharp BUT here's a little bit of shocking information for you: Not everyone shoots people portraits 99% of the time.
Here's another little bit of shocking information for you: Skin retouching is far superior to sharpening detail that isn't there, if you know what you're doing.
Give me a sharp lens and let me decide what to do with the results. The days of Vaseline on the lens are long gone. Perhaps one day they'll return but so far that day has not come.
No not shocking at all even though I was talking to the OP! But who buys at 1.2 or 1.4 lens to shoot landscapes, birds or zoo animals. THINK FIRST before you type!
What is shocking is that from your statement about skin retouching you don't have a clue. A good retoucher never wants a lens that's so sharp that you can see the hair growing out of the pores. Absurd...This is probably very shocking to you as it seems that you're one of many that needs the sharpest lens out there to make up for lack of skill. Sad...
As for the old vaseline on lens trick well I wasn't born in the 30's so I'll let you keep that old urban legend. Way before my time man and I don't think it's coming back so all the old timers can take that method with them on the way out.
This may be shocking news to you but talking about old photography tricks that old timers were using in the year of BC really reveals your age. Checkmate