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p.27 #1 · f/1.2 or faster lenses wide open


Just received a Nikon 50mm F1.2 AI and I've only had a short time to try it out, here are some of the first examples used on a Olympus EM-5.

Think I'm gonna like the lens a lot even though I also have the Oly 45mm F1.8.






  E-M5    1/640s    200 ISO    0.0 EV  






  E-M5    1/100s    200 ISO    0.0 EV  




Dec 05, 2012 at 10:55 AM
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p.27 #2 · f/1.2 or faster lenses wide open


dkerins wrote:
Thanks for the assessment OpticalFlow. It didn't occur to me that something other than the scoring on the rear lens would cause the softness. I will have to think about my options.


Well, the first thing I would test if there is a problem apart from misfocusing at all.
I would image something like a large sheet of newspaper with fine print at an oblique angle, best with base iso and high shutter speed (or tripod if you don't have enough light). Because of the oblique view angle some part of the print will be in focus if you're not completely off. Then assess the sharpness on the in-focus part of the image.

Why am I so confident that the visible scratches (or fungus) on the rear element doesn't cause "softness" ?
Have a look at this Canon FD 55 1.2 (link to a post by "hinneker" in a German forum: http://www.digicamclub.de/showthread.php?t=12322&page=13&p=143113&viewfull=1#post143113 ). This is a very comparable lens with much worse damage to the rear element. On the following pages you can see a few more pictures taken with this damaged lens. The defect is only noticeable in the out-of-focus highlights of the bokeh shot (http://www.digicamclub.de/showthread.php?t=12322&page=13&p=143113&viewfull=1#post143113) and when you have light sources in your image.

Maybe you're lucky and not much is wrong with your lens at all. That would be the best outcome. Otherwise or if you still decide you're not happy with it drop me a PM, I might be interested.



Dec 05, 2012 at 11:38 PM
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p.27 #3 · f/1.2 or faster lenses wide open


haven't been shooting much at f/1.2 lately...

pen f 42/1.2:







Dec 06, 2012 at 12:55 AM
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p.27 #4 · f/1.2 or faster lenses wide open


Thanks for the additional advice OpticalFlow. I will endeavour to take an oblique angle photo of a newspaper in good light and I will post it here. If I decide to let it go I will send you a note.

David.



Dec 07, 2012 at 05:41 AM
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p.27 #5 · f/1.2 or faster lenses wide open



_MG_4776 by helimat, on Flickr

5D2 + Rokkor 58/1.2



Dec 07, 2012 at 06:42 PM
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p.27 #6 · f/1.2 or faster lenses wide open


for some reason i decided to try out the pen f 42/1.2 in the worst possible ways to shoot a lens at f/1.2

landscape at a distance (kinda like the dreamy quality):





planar object not parallel to the focal plane:





and straight into a bright light at night:







Dec 09, 2012 at 04:17 AM
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p.27 #7 · f/1.2 or faster lenses wide open


'Birds Off Fly'







Dec 09, 2012 at 06:38 AM
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p.27 #8 · f/1.2 or faster lenses wide open


^^ cool shot! and also gross.

some wide open pen f shots playing more to it's strengths:







Dec 10, 2012 at 04:30 AM
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p.27 #9 · f/1.2 or faster lenses wide open


hi,

in september i got as well a zuiko 42mm. in fact a tiny little alternative

best, L.

wide open on nex-6:







Dec 15, 2012 at 10:22 PM
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p.27 #10 · f/1.2 or faster lenses wide open


LeadyGonzales wrote:
hi,

in september i got as well a zuiko 42mm. in fact a tiny little alternative

best, L.

wide open on nex-6:


sweet! that first one is great too! is that little guy alive?

a few from mine:










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p.27 #11 · f/1.2 or faster lenses wide open


no, pretty dead :-( found it in a museum ...

like these:





... but the Zuiko 42mm is a nice one



Dec 16, 2012 at 10:20 AM
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p.27 #12 · f/1.2 or faster lenses wide open


and this one is dead as well .....



stitch of 3 pictures



Dec 16, 2012 at 12:14 PM
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p.27 #13 · f/1.2 or faster lenses wide open


Some evening shots from yesterday with the Cosina 55mm f1.2

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Dec 17, 2012 at 06:48 PM
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p.27 #14 · f/1.2 or faster lenses wide open


5D2 + Rokkor 58/1.2


_MG_4900 by helimat, on Flickr



Dec 18, 2012 at 12:58 AM
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p.27 #15 · f/1.2 or faster lenses wide open


Nice one, Mat!


Dec 18, 2012 at 01:11 AM
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p.27 #16 · f/1.2 or faster lenses wide open


Thanks. We got hit with a bit of snow last night, which as usual (for here on the Island) is melting quickly.


Dec 18, 2012 at 03:45 AM
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p.27 #17 · f/1.2 or faster lenses wide open


We got hit with a bunch as well, and it is hanging around nicely. It's the most snow I have seen since moving here 18 months ago.


Dec 18, 2012 at 04:24 AM
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p.27 #18 · f/1.2 or faster lenses wide open


Another with the Rokkor.


_MG_4987 by helimat, on Flickr



Dec 19, 2012 at 09:22 PM
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p.27 #19 · f/1.2 or faster lenses wide open


sebboh wrote:
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8355/8258578215_02311d40c8_o.jpg


This is great. Bet it would look awesome on a big canvas on the wall.



Dec 20, 2012 at 08:29 PM
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p.27 #20 · f/1.2 or faster lenses wide open


mortyb wrote:
This is great. Bet it would look awesome on a big canvas on the wall.


thanks! i have a few of these sort of abstract closeups, each in made of just one or two colors, that i'd like to put together into a series. i have a few more colors i need to get to make it complet though.



Dec 20, 2012 at 11:28 PM
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