@ SquamishPhoto said "There is a situation for every aperture and insisting that one or the other is "the" aperture to pick is a bigger limitation than those espousing the virtue of f8 probably realize."
I could not agree more... each photo is an individual process. And the DOF, background, saturation, tonal compliments, composition, all are a part of this. The variation of f/stop is one of many variables and is the "best" only in respect to the entire composition.
Yes, SquamishPhoto, you said it all.