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I received my 50mm f/1.2 AI-S and have been working on my MF skills with it. Trust me when I say I have a LOT of work to do. It seems harder to MF this one than either my 24 f/2.8 AI-S or 105 f/2.5 AI-S.
What I've found so far is that Sam's comment about "endearingly soft at f/1.2" is true. Not only soft, but the contrast suffers a lot too, which adds to the overall softness of the image. It's better at f/1.4, excellent by f/2.0 and fantastic at f/2.8 and beyond.
I had some time today to snap some samples to show my findings. Nothing artsy here - just testing the lens. These are all SOOC in RAW, exported to JPG in LR3. Camera mounted on tripod. [B]No sharpening or post processing of any type.[/B] Full size and crops.
Disclaimer: I tried to focus on the front sprocket of the bike on the beer label, but I missed it. Instead, the focus is on the word "Belgium" on the bottom of the label.
f/1.2 Full Size and Crop
Edited on May 15, 2011 at 12:50 PM · View previous versions