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Bokeh-drama in the garden - please don't take this image too seriously :-)
And does anyone seriously wonder why fast lenses are so loved? They do things like this... when in the hands of a capable photographer. I won't take it seriously Georg but I'm very much a bokeh lover, so this tickles my fancy... Beautiful!
Monty, Chris, Curtis, Chuong, Matt, Leighton - I'm glad this shot caught your attention :-)
It was really just a fun-shot to show the very special look that can be created with this lens.
I've searched especially for a sparkling background to make the highlights go "pop" :-)
I've said in the past that the beauty of bokeh is in the eye of the beholder and while I appreciate the technical ability of the lens, I find this type of "in your face" bokeh distracting - a bit like my 500mm mirror lens.
I love smooth, buttery bokeh that accentuates the subject though. Just my 2c worth.
Peter, your thoughts are much more worth than 2c - as stated above my intention was to show the unique character of this Nikkor. I've never tried a Reflex-Nikkor or any other mirror-lens.
For most shots I prefer a creamy, smooth bokeh. The AF-S 14-24 (my daily workhorse) as an example would render out-of-focus highlights (at 24mm and f/2.8 or f/4) much less dramatic.