Bokeh: Define, please.
Bokeh is simply a way to describe how out-of-focus points of light are rendered. It describes the appearance or "feel" of out-of-focus backgrounds and foregrounds. Differing amounts of spherical aberration alter how lenses render out-of-focus points of light, and thus their bokeh. The word "bokeh" comes from Japanese.
Anyone have either one of these beauties?105mm f2/DC Nikkor135mm f2/DC Nikkor
I've always had an interest is these lenses, but I've never played around with them. I was curious if anyone had any comments about them.
Cannons 85 f1.2 and 135f2.0 are probably similar I suspect. You really have to have a specific need for these lenses since they are both encompassed in the very excellent 70-200f2.8 IS from Canon. The 85f1.2 is big, heavy and expensive - I chose the 85f1.8 for my needs if I need a faster portrait lens.
The 50 f1.4 certainly does have nice bokeh also.
I think some of you Canon boys have missed the point of these two lenses!
The key is the "DC" in the lens names. These are the Nikon Defocus Control lenses. The DC lenses allow you to control the ammount of foreground and background blur independent of the aperture. While the Defocus Control can't increase the depth of field, it can allow you to fine tune it.
Actually DC does not really affect DoF at all. What it does is vary the sperical aberration of the lens to change the character of near and far bokeh. In theory allowing the shooter to choose better bokeh depending on the distance of the out of focus elements in relation to the in focus areas. Sounds like a nice feature of limited everyday use.
For folks who were wondering about the Canon 85mm f1.2 the following shots show some of the character of the OOF areas.
As usual, click the image for the full size
ISO Speed: 400
Focal Length (mm): 85
ISO Speed: 200
Focal Length (mm): 85
Is that 85f1.2 yours cmr? You lucky devil!
Yes it is. But let me add that it is heavy as sin, has a slow focus and a loud focus motor. Course I do love the lens! The f1.2 gets pictures that are just not there otherwise.
Telephoto lens with a softfocus feature. It can give razor-sharp snapshots as well as softfocus shots that do not look blurry. You have a choice of two softfocus settings. Even for softfocus shots, focusing with AF is quick and accurate.
2.3 pounds - but it is cheap, right?? Just kidding - it is a lovely lens, I was just too cheap and bought the f1.8 instead. But for low light, f1.2 rules! Please, show us some more of your images with that f1.2 optic.
Quite a few of the images I have posted here already were done with the 85 f1.2 The only real complaint I have is that this is one of the few lenses where I am bothered by the dslr 1.6 multiplier. When I buy my next dslr that problem will go away. (maybe the 14mp Kodak Pro-SLR/c)
Time to start looking for a 50/1.0. That would probably work better with the multiplier. It too suffers from slow focusing. I picked up a nice one last year. I knew they would be hard to find so I grabbed it when it came up. I would love to have the 85/1.2 (now only the 1.8, which works well) and the 200/1.8, very hard to find and still pricey. If they came out with one of those with the newer AF and IS it would be a winner. It is sad to see Canon abandoning the super fast glass that they make, hopefully it will return some day, possible with the expanding of the TSE line of lens. We can dream, right?
I am thinking of selling the 100-400L and the 17-35L and picking up
a 14mm 2.8L, a 24 1.4L, 351.4L the 70-200 2.8 IS, and a 400 4.0 DO to suplement the 85mm and the 50mm.... course some money first would help.