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| p.1 #8 · Canon Summer Shooting (2013) |
i was gonna ask what you shot that with. quite the rendering....
Thanks. The Canon 50/1.4 is actually quite good. Not super sharp wide open, but holds its own against the contemporary Leica and Nikon lenses.
If I may, here's a comparison of the three below - Canon 50/1.4, Nikkor 5cm/1.4 and Leica Summarit 5cm/1.5 - You'll note the Nikkor has very strong/busy background rendering. Wide open it's also very prone to spherical aberration glow around high contrast transitions, but at f/2 it's like a different lens with the glow gone and quite high global contrast. The Leica is very low in contrast, but a few tweaks in post bring it back nicely. All three are quite susceptible to flare from direct specular light on the front element, or veiling flare from bright backgrounds. Of the three, the Canon is probably the most controlled, offering a good balance of sharpness, contrast and most neutral background rendering.
These lenses are now finding renewed life on mirrorless cameras, and obviously can also be used on current Leicas with a thread to M-mount adapter. Unfortunately the only full frame solution is currently from Leica.
Apologies these qualify more as spring-time subject matter.
The exact same LR processing settings were used for all three, including a very slight curve tweak. Order of appearance is Canon, Nikon, Leica. All were wide open:
and this is the Leica with contrast, curves, clarity and slight WB adjustment to get it looking a bit more like the other two:
A few more of these 3-way comparisons are posted here.