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Definitely not a lovely bokeh in that shot Georg. No doubt some of the older lenses with funky bokeh don't measure up to more recent lenses. I appreciate that for someone making his or her living with camera gear has to make the best decision about which lens will deliver the shot needed. I'll not likely be experimenting with the latest and greatest since I can tolerate those aberrations, but I understand the cost. Before I dove into MF lenses, I was sorely tempted by the newly released Sigma 50 f/1.4. We now have folks raving about the Sigma 35...Show more →
Curtis, while I was disappointed, maybe even shocked by the background-rendering in the shot above, I've found that the nervous bokeh of some older MF-Nikkor's can be used to "break up" a too uniform background in some cases (think half-body-portraits with foliage in the background).
Some lenses with a buttery-smooth bokeh would render the background in a too creamy fashion. The old 50/1.4 S/SC, the 35/1.4 or the fast 24's and 28's can bring some life into the otherwise smooth, but boring clean background ;-)
Btw, the AF-S 50/1.4G isn't flawless - I'm shocked by the amount of distortion - way too much for a modern 50mm-lens. My biggest commercially printed image so far was shot with the AF-S 50/1.4 G at f/1.6 on a D700, but I have just submitted an image taken with the old Nikkor-S or SC Auto 50/1.4 for an even bigger print. I'm not talking about billboard-size, but a pretty large print. So the oldies in Nikon's line-up still have a special place in my heart and camera-bag.