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bqq100 wrote:
I'm also looking to pick up fast 50mm prime, and I've noticed that the 1.4G was absent from the discussion so far. Is the 1.8G that much better to not even consider the 1.4G?


I think it's largely a matter of performance vs. value. The 1.8G is very similar performance wise to the 1.4G and half the price.

http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/showproduct.php/product/1432/cat/12

http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/showproduct.php/product/1231/cat/12



Feb 10, 2012 at 10:13 PM
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bbvaj wrote:
I should have mentioned it, I am looking for portraits on full frame...

how much focus throw does makro planar have at portrait distances for good MF ??


"focus throw"?? I've never heard that term before (and I've been a photo hobbyist since 1973 & taken a few college classes in photography)...what does it mean?



Feb 10, 2012 at 10:19 PM
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p.2 #3 · p.2 #3 · Best 50mm (MF inclusive) for Nikon


AIS Noct-Nikkor 58mm f/1.2 is widely considered the BEST 50mm-ish lens out there. It costs a lot too

but for value, even the ais 50mm f/1.8 series E is pretty darn good at around $50.



Feb 10, 2012 at 10:43 PM
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p.2 #4 · p.2 #4 · Best 50mm (MF inclusive) for Nikon


50MP is a great lens, but you may not want to deal with those blemishes


Feb 10, 2012 at 10:45 PM
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p.2 #5 · p.2 #5 · Best 50mm (MF inclusive) for Nikon


i am by no means 100% sure if the word "focus throw" is appropriate... I meant to say how much zoom ring turn is available for accurate manual focusing. some lenses reach MFD to inf in 90deg and some in 270deg the longer the better for precise manual focus.

macro lenses tend to use majority of that zoom turn for relatively close distances and at portrait distances they are very difficult to focus manually.



Feb 10, 2012 at 10:55 PM
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p.2 #6 · p.2 #6 · Best 50mm (MF inclusive) for Nikon


Thanks a lot guys... I do not know much about it can anyone confirm if this is the Voigtlander 58mm f/1.4 you are talking about. I really like the samples from it and would like to give a try also is that price ok for it or can i get a better deal?


http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/534438-REG/Voigtlander_BA239BN_Nokton_58mm_f_1_4_SL_II.html



Feb 10, 2012 at 11:01 PM
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bbvaj wrote:
Thanks a lot guys... I do not know much about it can anyone confirm if this is the Voigtlander 58mm f/1.4 you are talking about. I really like the samples from it and would like to give a try also is that price ok for it or can i get a better deal?

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/534438-REG/Voigtlander_BA239BN_Nokton_58mm_f_1_4_SL_II.html


Yes that is the lens.

B&H is great to order from. So is this place:
http://cameraquest.com/Voigt_SL2.htm



Feb 10, 2012 at 11:25 PM
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Jammy Straub wrote:
Yes that is the lens.

B&H is great to order from. So is this place:
http://cameraquest.com/Voigt_SL2.htm


Now I am thinking of this lens..looks very nice. Thanks Jammy.



Feb 11, 2012 at 12:32 AM
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There are too many reports of erratic AF with the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 for me to be excited about it, it has a beautiful rendering style for portraits though IMO.


In terms of autofocus, my Sigma 50 is one of the most reliable lenses I have. It's on par with the Nikon 60 2.8 Micro in terms of hit rate and accuracy.

Interestingly enough, the Sigma 24 1.8 is probably the least reliable, and my Tokina 50-135 are the 2nd least reliable.



Feb 11, 2012 at 12:47 AM
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Can anyone give a comparison of bokeh/sharpness/contrast between 50 1.8G to Voigt 58 @1.8

I would like to know if Voigt 58 is worth extra money and giving up fast AF?

Also how good is the focus confirmation functionality on Nikons?



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Some people prefer "long-throw" focusing.

...some prefer "short-throw"...why?
Because the image pops in and out more quickly and so is easier (for some) to judge when the image is in focus...

It all depends on the user's experience and expertise...



Feb 11, 2012 at 02:53 AM
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but short-throw is not as accurate....

anyway to the OP, focus confirmation functionality is pretty good, I use it with my AIS 35/1.4 pretty reliably. But the AIS 55/1.2 is not reliable for me... I mean wide-open for both.



Feb 11, 2012 at 03:05 AM
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p.2 #13 · p.2 #13 · Best 50mm (MF inclusive) for Nikon


bbvaj wrote:
Can anyone give a comparison of bokeh/sharpness/contrast between 50 1.8G to Voigt 58 @1.8


I'd wager the chances of you finding someone here with both lenses is very slim

Here's a test of the Voigt on a 5DII
http://www.photozone.de/canon_eos_ff/518-voigtlander58f14ff?start=1

50 f/1.8G on D3x
http://www.photozone.de/nikon_ff/631-nikkorafs5018ff?start=1

The Nikon has better corner sharpness wide open, other than that... It's all in the rendering.



Feb 11, 2012 at 03:10 AM
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p.2 #14 · p.2 #14 · Best 50mm (MF inclusive) for Nikon


Thanks Avi.

I will prefer long-throw, in my experience i found it difficult for me to do MF with short-throw lenses. That's one reason to stay away from the makro-planar



Feb 11, 2012 at 03:12 AM
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p.2 #15 · p.2 #15 · Best 50mm (MF inclusive) for Nikon


Many thanks Jammy.


Feb 11, 2012 at 03:16 AM
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Zeiss focusing rings are BUTTERY smooth.

I have the 100mp but im considering the 50/2mp as well though I kinda like how that voigtlander renders as well.... hmmmm



Feb 11, 2012 at 06:03 AM
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p.2 #17 · p.2 #17 · Best 50mm (MF inclusive) for Nikon


I'm surprised Jammy didn't drop this link in... I learned about it from one of his posts on the Nikon forum... The Voigtlander 58 f/1.4...

http://flickriver.com/search/voigtlander+58/

I'd be very happy with the bokeh produced by this lens...



Feb 11, 2012 at 07:13 AM
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p.2 #18 · p.2 #18 · Best 50mm (MF inclusive) for Nikon


is this a different voigtlander 58 1.4 lens? are there more than one version?

The one jammy posted and this one look kind of same to me. can you confirm?



Feb 11, 2012 at 07:21 AM
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p.2 #19 · p.2 #19 · Best 50mm (MF inclusive) for Nikon


There are two versions that I know of, SL and SLII. SL has chrome rings with no chip while SLII is all black and chipped. It's a fantastic lens, get it.


Feb 11, 2012 at 08:17 AM
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p.2 #20 · p.2 #20 · Best 50mm (MF inclusive) for Nikon


Thanks a lot guys... I finally got the Voigtlander from B & S forum


Feb 11, 2012 at 02:08 PM
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