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After the rain: Nikkor 50/1.4

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by tasnim_fahim, Jul 3, 2007.

  1. tasnim_fahim


    Oct 2, 2006
    i like the contrasty images that the 50/1.4 draws. The bokeh is nothing
    to get excited about, but if the seperation between subject and secondary
    subjects is appropriate ( along with the aperture ) it might be acceptable.
    oof rendition, imho, is very subjective and i do not pray at its altar. but then
    what do i know.

    notice how it has drawn the background and the specular highlights, blades?


    in the following, i was more interested in the empty and wet tables and the
    oof areas were of less concern to me and i needed the color contrast
    to delinate the different areas.


    thanks for looking.
  2. The 50 Nikkors are known for their specular highlight Boke shape.
    Also, the contrast in your pic is more a thing of in-camera contrasat rather then the lens property.

    At what contrast setting is your camera set to? High?
  3. tasnim_fahim


    Oct 2, 2006
    Yes and No.

    yes, in the sense that in-camera contrast settings will effect the image
    just as pp in ps or similar could be used to vary the image contast ( tonal and color ).

    No, in the sense that each lens has a unique optical signature as a consequence of its inherent optical design. This is different than the in-camera contrast that you refer to.

    use the same camera settings, shoot in raw and use different lenses ( at/of similar fls) and you should be able to detect this characteristic variation. lenses from different manufacturers can and do have differing characteristics, contrast being one of them.

    Whether a more contrasty rendering of an image is required or not is however upto the photog. that different lenses are available offering differing 'painting'
    of a subject ( fl being the same ) is imo a good thing. while users are
    generally concerned more with fls and apertures, the variable characteristics
    are also to be borne in mind..if for no other reason than to choose a tool
    which more closely corresponds to the photogs image preferences.

    Thanks for your looking and your comments.

  4. Whoah!

    The 50 nikkors are not a secret for nobody.

    So, you used high contrast in camera for those shots? They certainly look so.
  5. tasnim_fahim


    Oct 2, 2006
    i did not say the 50 nikkors are a secret.

    i was just trying to explain that irrespective of in-camera settings, different lenses can and do have different contast rendering characteristics.

    this is just a statement of fact.

  6. Statement of facts for obvious facts, thank you.

    What I'm curious about is wether your shots show the lens' contrast or is it the in-camera contrast that they're showing. But i guess it's unimportant at this point.
  7. tasnim_fahim, I really enjoy your images - they have a very deep 'mood' to them - hard to define, but I appreciate your artistry. You are selling me on a 50 1.4 and your posts encourage me to shoot more.
  8. tasnim_fahim, you should be getting a kickback from Nikon for selling 50s! Always beautiful images my friend, I look forward to each and every one.

  9. tasnim_fahim


    Oct 2, 2006

    Thank you for your kind comments. I am only too glad to share with you
    folks my experiences with the camera. Concurrently, i continue to benefit from the experiences of Nikoncafe members.

    Enjoy and take care.
  10. tasnim_fahim


    Oct 2, 2006

    Really appreciate you looking and providing me with your comments. I like the 50/1.4 because it is small, optically superb,relatively inexpensive and i like
    the fl. I just wish i could use it on a consistent basis rather than only on

    My best regards to you and your loved ones.
  11. Tas,

    I share your delight with the 50/1.4. It's simply a wonderful lens. And I'm always happy to see your images. Whether you are aware of it or not, you are developing a distinct style that is becoming recognizable... and very pleasing.

    And, if you don't mind my saying so, I think the quality of your images has improved as you have used this lens more and more. Thanks for sharing with us.

    God bless.
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