f/1.2 or faster lenses wide open
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sebboh
Registered: Nov 02, 2009
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i figured since the question of fast lenses and which are sharpest/have the best bokeh/will magically make me a decent photographer comes up a lot we should just start a thread showing examples from all our ultrafast lenses wide open to direct people to. so post any images you have from an f/1.2 or faster lens wide open even if it's not alt (for comparison purposes). please also post what format (e.g. 4/3, aps-c, FF, truck camera)

for reference there was a similar thread a while ago:
http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/652568/0

here's a quick contribution of some of my oldies:
canon FL 55mm f/1.2 on 4/3:





rokkor MD 50mm f/1.2 on 4/3:





rokkor MC PG 58mm f/1.2 on 35mm film:





olympus pen f 42mm f/1.2 on aps-c:






it's possible i could be convinced to allow f/1.4 lenses if enough people think it's a good idea.

edit: OK, here is the rule on lenses slower than f/1.2: you can post images from lenses as slow as f/1.5 but they must be for comparison purposes for every shot you post slower than f/1.2 you must also post a shot at f/1.2 (or faster). this should keep us from a deluge of f/1.4 images.


Taylor Sherman
Registered: Mar 26, 2012
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Cosina Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f/1.2 on Sony Nex-7:





CV Nokton 50mm f/1.1 on Sony Nex-5N:





FlyPenFly
Registered: Feb 14, 2011
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That last one from the pen is my favorite although the first one is nice too. Perhaps the 50mm Rokkor was too challenged by the background.



cavewalker
Registered: Dec 27, 2008
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Yes allow 1.4 because the Zeiss Pancolar 1.4/55 kicks all other 1.2 in the a**


am Bach by Urmelchen, on Flickr


Pop by Urmelchen, on Flickr



sebboh
Registered: Nov 02, 2009
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FlyPenFly wrote:
That last one from the pen is my favorite although the first one is nice too. Perhaps the 50mm Rokkor was too challenged by the background.


the rokkor 50/1.2 definitely can produce some funkiness. i was trying to provoke it for that shot to make the autumn leaves look sorta like flames.

here's a couple others from that lens still on 4/3, i image the bokeh would look less harsh on FF:











sebboh
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cavewalker wrote:
Yes allow 1.4 because the Zeiss Pancolar 1.4/55 kicks all other 1.2 in the a**


so is that the zeiss pancolar on a 5D?



Jabberwockt
Registered: Aug 22, 2011
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I like the one with the dragonfly posted above as well, it has a lovely glow.

Here's one from a Voigtlander 35/1.2 that I posted to the forum before that I kind of like. (Without EXIF, I'm only 95% sure I shot this wide open)



Jman13
Registered: May 02, 2005
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Here are a bunch with my Hexanon 57mm f/1.2 @ f/1.2. I pretty much only use this for shots of my daughter, so that's what you get.

























And a boring flower shot from the other day:






JaanOs
Registered: May 23, 2009
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You are killing me. Financially



AhamB
Registered: Jul 11, 2008
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sebboh wrote:
cavewalker wrote:
Yes allow 1.4 because the Zeiss Pancolar 1.4/55 kicks all other 1.2 in the a**


so is that the zeiss pancolar on a 5D?


If you click on his picture you go to the flick page where it says 5Dmk2.



cavewalker
Registered: Dec 27, 2008
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sebboh wrote:
cavewalker wrote:
Yes allow 1.4 because the Zeiss Pancolar 1.4/55 kicks all other 1.2 in the a**


so is that the zeiss pancolar on a 5D?


Yes on the 5D MKII
sorry i forgot to write



deadwolfbones
Registered: Feb 22, 2010
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Nikkor 50mm f/1.2 Ai on D700:





briantho
Registered: Oct 07, 2011
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Canon FD 85L on NEX5N

Ducks by briantho, on Flickr



wfrank
Registered: Feb 09, 2011
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Jman13 wrote:
I pretty much only use this for shots of my daughter, so that's what you get.









I'm sure we dont mind, this (/she) is just beautiful! :-)

Heres a contribution with the Rokkor 58/1.2:







freaklikeme
Registered: Apr 08, 2005
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sebboh wrote:
... which will magically make me a decent photographer...


I have a theory that the Konica Hexanon-M 60/1.2 would do it for me. Would anyone like to send me their copy so I can test this theory?



zhangyue
Registered: Jan 28, 2011
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Beautiful shot everyone. I espeically like OP's Raven shot and Jordan's incredible shot of his daughter.

Finally I can share some of my Nikkor shots. I'd like to keep it a 1.2 thread otherwise it will build up at crazy speed if include 1.4 shot.

Here are few from Nikkor 50mm 1.2. D700



















Edit: correct error


KatieInTexas
Registered: Jan 27, 2011
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I'll play.

My only 1.2 lens is the Rokkor 50mm. Here it is wide open on both film and digital.



rscheffler
Registered: Aug 23, 2005
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FlyPenFly wrote:
That last one from the pen is my favorite although the first one is nice too. Perhaps the 50mm Rokkor was too challenged by the background.


Obviously a very subjective consideration, but I love the rendering of the background in that example.



JimUe
Registered: Mar 26, 2011
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sony a900 & minolta 58/1.2 - wide open






















sebboh
Registered: Nov 02, 2009
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zhangyue wrote:
Finally I can share some of my Nikkor shots. I'd like to keep it a 1.2 thread otherwise it will build up at crazy speed if include 1.4 shot.

Here are few from Nikkor 50mm 1.2. D700


the last shot is beautiful!

OK, here is a rule on lenses slower than f/1.2: you can post images from lenses as slow as f/1.5 but they must be for comparison purposes for every shot you post slower than f/1.2 you must also post a shot at f/1.2 (or faster). this should keep us from a deluge of f/1.4 images.



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